The New Church and the New Germany: A Study of Church and State

The New Church and the New Germany: A Study of Church and State

The New Church and the New Germany: A Study of Church and State

The New Church and the New Germany: A Study of Church and State

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As this is a personal study, a somewhat intimate word regarding it may be permissible. During the past thirty-five years I have been in Germany on seventeen occasions. I saw something of its university life for a brief time while a student. In 1911 I conferred in Berlin with German churchmen regarding a common gathering of German, British, and American Christians, which later was realized and amplified at Constance in 1914 on the very day on which the war began and in 1915, by instruction of the Federal Council, saw Germany and German churchmen under the cloud of war.

Many visits have been made since then, for conference, to lecture, and to meet a host of friends. It was my privilege to prepare a message to the new German Church Federation in 1922, the reception of which was the first act of that body. During all these years the most intimate relations have thus been formed with German churchmen. I have been in their homes and have been privileged to entertain them in my own. I have known their feelings, their disappointments, and their fears, especially during the post-war period, and only two years ago in Berlin saw premonitions of revolution and change. Therefore I have had a more than casual or general interest in what has taken place. When, however, it was suggested by friends that an investigation into the situation be made, I hesitated to do more than to leave Geneva where I was staying and make a brief visit to personal friends in Germany. I should have felt very reluctant to do more.

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