Tuesday May 09, 2023

Before Auschwitz

It's easy, too easy, to blame the past for not knowing what we know now. Much more useful is to examine how the past arrived at its conclusions, and see if we can discern what led in fruitful directions and what led to disaster. In this episode, Dad and I review the contents of his book, also called Before Auschwitz, examining what led Christian theologians to support, denounce, or try to avoid taking a stand on the rise of Nazism. It's a master class in theological method when the stakes were never higher—and a small step toward the long process of repentance for Christian anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism.


1. If you read no other book by Dad, be sure to read this one: Before Auschwitz

2. Related episodes: Luther and the Jews, The Relationship between the Old and New Testaments

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