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Title: Dark, Depressing Riddle
Sub-title: Germans, Jews, and the Meaning of the Volk in the Theology of Paul Althaus
Series: (Forschungen zur systematischen und ökumenischen Theologie - Band 166)
By (author): Ryan Tafilowski
ISBN10-13: 3525564716 : 9783525564714
Format: Hardback
Size: 235x160mm
Pages: 256
Weight: .494 Kg.
Published: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co.KG - October   2019
List Price: 77.99 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 6
Subjects: European history : Protestantism & Protestant Churches : Christian theology : Jewish studies : Fascism & Nazism : Germany : 20th century
At the twilight of the Weimar Republic, politicians, scientists, and theologians were engaged in debates surrounding the so-called Jewish Question. When the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, these discussions took on a new sense of urgency and poignancy. As state measures against Jews unfolded, theological conceptions of the meaning of Israel and Judaism began to impact living, breathing Jewish persons. In this study, Ryan Tafilowski traces the thought of the Lutheran theologian Paul Althaus (1888-1966), who once greeted the rise of Hitler as a gift and miracle of God, as he negotiated the Jewish Question and its meaning for his understanding of Germanness across the Weimar Republic, the Nazi years, and the post-war period. In particular, the study uncovers the paradoxical categories Althaus used to interpret the ongoing theological significance of the Jewish people, whom he considered both an imminent threat to German ethnic identity and yet a mysterious cipher by which Germans might decode their own spiritual destiny in world history. Sketching the peculiar contours of Althaus’ theology of Israel, this study offers a fresh interpretation of the Erlangen Opinion on the Aryan Paragraph, which is an important artifact not only of the Kirchenkampf, but also of the complex and ambivalent history of Christian antisemitism. By bringing Althaus into conversation with some of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century -- from Karl Barth and Emil Brunner to Rudolf Bultmann and Dietrich Bonhoeffer -- Tafilowski broadens the scope of his inquiry to vital questions of political theology, ethnic identity, social ethics, and ecclesiology. As Christian theologians must once again reckon with questions of national self-understanding under the pressures of mass migration and resurgent nationalisms, this investigation into the logic of ethno-nationalist theologies is a timely contribution.
About The Author:
Dr. Ryan Tafilowski has obtained his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and is Instructor in the Division of Christian Thought at Denver Seminary.
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