Church in a context of violence
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In this essay, I will look at Nazi Germany during World War II to explore the issue of the reaction of the Church in a context of violence. The Church is influenced by many factors: tradition, theology, practice, each person composing the Church, the relation to the culture, the political context. All of these factors work together to make a functional Church, spreading the Gospel and acting in this World. As these factors change, the Church can change as well. What happens when these changes bring the Church to become a carrier of a message of rejection and violence? How does this kind of Church appear? What are the consequences? These are the questions this essay is going to ask, addressing the impact of personal, collective, and religious identity, the relationship of the Church with the political/sociological context, the role of contextualization within Christianity, and the relationship between theology and the practice of the Church. By exploring the example of German Christians in Germany during World War II, we will see what influences the Church within a context of violence and how these changes impact the Christian’s life.