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Public Duty of the German Protestant Church
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[German Version]

I. Concept

The formation of this concept goes back to the experience of the Kirchenkampf during the Third Reich and to the social significance that was ascribed to the churches in Germany after 1945. Talk of the public duty (Öffentlichkeitsauftrag) of the German Protestant church affirms that church action is relevant not only to individual salvation but also, beyond that, to the common good. What exactly was meant by it was varia…

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Reuter , Hans-Richard, “Public Duty of the German Protestant Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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