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Saving Germany : North American Protestants and Christian mission to West Germany, 1945-1974 / James C. Enns.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: BV2440 .E46 2017

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    "This book explores the efforts of North American Protestant missionaries to rebuild and evangelize postwar Germany. The combination of Germany's failed experiment with National Socialism, its devastation from Allied bombs, and its early postwar reception of displaced people and refugees from Eastern Europe transformed the image of Germany in the minds of North American Protestants. In the US, effective lobbying by the Federal Council of Churches helped soften the administration's initial imposition of a harsh peace on Germany thus allowing voluntary aid from North American churches to flow into the country. This set the stage for a concerted missionary response from mission agencies which lasted through the Cold War period. Enns tracks this transnational Christian engagement in Germany from 1945 until the mid-1970s. He argues that North American Protestants (Canadians and Americans) engaged in two different kinds of mission work, and can be organized into three groups. Those from mainline Protestant denominations comfortable within the emerging ecumenical movement tended to see Nazism as an aberration in German history and understood their chief aim as the reconstruction of Germany and its churches. This included not only physical reconstruction but also the international rehabilitation of German Protestant leaders and the promotion of democracy within church institutions. Those from conservative evangelical traditions tended to see Germany as a post-Christian nation in need of reconversion and understood their chief aim as evangelization; this included the organization of mass evangelistic revivals, the production of Christian print material and radio programming, and the training of Christian preachers, teachers, and leaders. A third group--denominational missionaries from Mennonite, Baptist, Salvation Army, and Quaker traditions--engaged in both relief and evangelistic work. Enns selects a small number of mission organizations from each of these three groups to serve as case studies, which form the basis of the main chapters. The study pursues several ideas and lines of argument: the shift in North American Protestant missionary self-understanding from evangelization to assistance towards self-help, as well as the growing rift within the missions; the important ideological support North American missionaries gave to US foreign policy goals of the promotion of democracy and opposition to communism; the impact of North American missionary work on Protestant churches in West Germany; developments in 'world Christianity,' as Europe became identified as a post-Christian mission field; the significance of religious actors and the religious sphere in the cultural history of 'Americanization'"-- Provided by publisher.
    Series
    McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. Series two ; 77
    McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. 77.
    Format
    Manuscript language material
    Author/Creator
    Enns, James C., 1959- author.
    Published
    Montréal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2017]
    ©2017
    Locale
    Germany (West)
    Deutschland
    USA
    Westdeutschland
    Contents
    Saving Germany : not your typical mission field
    Ecumenical Protestants and the reconstruction of Germany, 1945-1974 : mainline Protestants offer relief and rehabilitation
    Denominational Protestant missions to Germany, 1945-1974 : Mennonites and Baptists resuscitate and rehabilitate the Freikirchen
    Conservative evangelical mission to Germany, 1945-1974 : two case studies
    Billy Graham's mission to Germany, 1945-1974 : from Cold War crusader to good Samaritan
    Mission to Germany after 1974 : responding to post-Christendom secularism
    Saving Germany : the significance of the mission.
    Notes
    Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Cambridge, 2012.
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-299) and index.
    Saving Germany : not your typical mission field -- Ecumenical Protestants and the reconstruction of Germany, 1945-1974 : mainline Protestants offer relief and rehabilitation -- Denominational Protestant missions to Germany, 1945-1974 : Mennonites and Baptists resuscitate and rehabilitate the Freikirchen -- Conservative evangelical mission to Germany, 1945-1974 : two case studies -- Billy Graham's mission to Germany, 1945-1974 : from Cold War crusader to good Samaritan -- Mission to Germany after 1974 : responding to post-Christendom secularism -- Saving Germany : the significance of the mission.

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    English
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    ISBN
    9780773549128
    0773549129
    9780773549135
    0773549137
    Physical Description
    xviii, 308 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm.

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