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Zoom: Theological Roots of Nationalism

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

ZOOM: Theological Roots of Nationalism Lecture Series

Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 29 and November 5 & 12, 6:30-8:00pm Central Time

Nazism has become a byword for unspeakable evil. In its rise to power, this was not always so clear. Germans desperately anxious for their country after the disastrous defeat in World War I were very open to calls to make Germany great again, to deliver their country from national humiliation, political paralysis, and economic crisis. Catholics and Protestants alike thought they could build bridges to Hitler’s National Socialism on the basis of shared concerns for Germany’s identity and well-being. Patriotism and religious duty to obey a legitimate government kept many loyal even in the face of persecution and despotism.

In this six-part, online lecture series led by Dr. Michael Hollerich (Theology Professor at the University of St. Thomas), we will explore the collapse of a fragile democracy and its replacement by a dictatorship, and how both Catholics and Protestants – though with very different relationships to Germany since it became a unified nation in 1871 – rationalized (and criticized) their collaboration. Time will be given for discussion of how nationalism, which Vatican authorities in the 1930s considered might be the greatest modern heresy, has functioned then and now to confuse authentic religious and moral duties.  

Registration is required and you are welcome to join one or all six sessions. 

October 1 - Session I: Nationalism Then and Now – the German Experience

October 8 - Session II: National Socialism as Ideology, Movement, and Regime up to WWII 

October 15 - Session III: Catholicism Before and After 1933

October 29 - Session IV: Protestantism Before and After 1933

November 5 - Session V: The War: Fighting for Hitler or for Germany?

November 12 - Session VI: Resistance? Theological Retrospective

For more information or any questions, contact Janice.