Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Christian Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Carter

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Bowen

Third Advisor

Dr. Tom Greer

Abstract

As the Weimar Republic deteriorated and Adolf Hitler rose in popularity, individual church leaders, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, began to worry. Others, like Martin Niemoller, rejoiced at first, thinking that Hitler could restore Germany to its former glory, but changed their opinions and denounced Hitler's government when the Nazis attacked the churches. What motivated those two men and others to stand up for what they believed, and what obstacles did they overcome in order to be heard? To fully understand their story and the story of the Confessional Church in Nazi Germany, it is necessary to look at some of the history of Germany.

 
 

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