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Stuttgart Confession of Guilt
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[German Version]

The historical roots of the Stuttgart Confession of Guilt issued by the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on Oct 18/19, 1945, go back to the period following World War I. The declaration itself, as a confession of guilt, left the sheltered sphere of academic theological reflection in order to make a new beginning for the Evangelical Church in Germany (I) after 1945. Its aim was to address the meaning of supra-individual invol…

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Ruddies, Hartmut, “Stuttgart Confession of Guilt”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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