CHURCHLESS PROTESTANTS by Eberhard Trans. by J. A. Worthington Stammler


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Although written about the Evangelical Church in Germany, the theme of this book has many and important points of analogy with the situation in American Protestantism. The author addresses himself to the fact that out of every one hundred Evangelical Christians in Germany ninety remain distant from the church. This results from the fact that although the Protestant is baptized and confirmed, he is disenfranchised because he can become part of the church only by becoming a theologian, lay or professional, while his own vocation in the world is not seen as involving his Christian faith. By acute sociological analysis the author criticizes the forms and activities that go on in the churches and their irrelevance for the life of men in their daily realities: the concept of the ""core-congregation"", proclamation, authority, ""office"", and others. Even the widely known ""Kirchentag"" is seen as failing to solve the problem of the life of the Protestant in the secular world. An astringent, provocative statement, by a professional journalist of high theological and sociological competence, this should be a valuable addition to current discussions of the nature of the church, ministry, and laity.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1964
Publisher: Westminster