RELIGION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: GERMANY'S DEMOCRATIZATION AFTER 1945 - THE AMERICAN RE-EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Heike Springhart

Abstract


Totalitarian political regimes in Germany and South Africa had a severely negative impact on the equal and shared human dignity of inhabitants of these countries - both on institutional and personal level. In this article the role of religion in contributing to the institutionalizing of the equal and extensive dignity of all is considered. The American reeducation programme after 1945 functions as a case study and provides perspectives for the continued role of religion in democracies.

Keywords


National Socialism, Re-Education, Social Transformation, Public Theology, Democracy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/104-0-187

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