n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Christianity and resistance in the 20th century : From Kaj Munk and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Desmond Tutu, Søren von Dosenrode (Ed.) : book review

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



What are Christians to do in the face of an unjust and oppressive Government - suffer or resist? That is this book's fundamental question. The editor's Introduction sets the scene with the disagreement between the pastor and author, Kaj Munk, and a civil servant, Paul Petersen, in Denmark. When Munk called for resistance against the Nazis, Petersen wrote to ask him how a priest could urge the use of deadly weapons against his fellow men. Munk replied with exasperation: in the face of the sufferings of the Jews and of Poland and Norway how could one piously keep one's hands in one's pockets? (Munk later paid with his life.)

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