Hello, I'm Stephen!
Stephen Waldron is a writer who lives in Massachusetts. He holds an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. He works in the library services industry and does volunteer work in political and church contexts. He believes that Jesus shows us who God is and what human beings should be like, and that fighting for equality among human beings is a crucial way to love our neighbors.
About the Blog...
Apocalypse and Analysis is an attempt to make the apocalypse (revelation) of God in Jesus present to our world by analyzing how it meets human beings today. This is done with help from a few friends: early Anabaptists, postcolonial readers of the Bible, and 20th century theologians who grappled with what it means to think and live as followers of Jesus in the modern world. Reader beware: the task of analyzing God's revelation to us in Jesus is never finished, and it has been known to significantly shorten one's lifespan.
Rather than coddling his hearers in a November 16, 1938 sermon in Berlin, he told them what they needed to hear in the days following the barbarity of the Kristallnacht pogroms: “God is disgusted at the very sight of you.” We might say that Gollwitzer was doing theology “in and for the church,” but he certainly had a unique approach to doing so.
Though reading one more twentieth-century German theologian will not be the decisive factor in this decisive moment, there are at least three good reasons to agree with McMaken that Gollwitzer can offer an important intervention for us now.
On issues like immigration, people rightly sense that political differences are resulting from deep moral disagreement. But too many of our debates on these issues assume that we only disagree about procedures or tactics.
In the midst of a fierce struggle for control of the churches, the pro-Nazi “German Christian” faction preached sermons, edited Bibles, revised hymn-books, altered liturgies, and changed the church calendar. Sometimes they made drastic changes. At the same time, they inherited a form of Christianity that offered little opposition to Nazism.
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