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QUOTE (Paul Althaus) – Feb 4

February 4, 2014

Paul Althaus (1861-1925), deutscher evangelisc...

“The first word of our preaching cannot be to call the young generation away from the Third Reich and to God’s kingdom, which is entirely different from it. A thousand times we made the mistake, to preach the second word before the first word. That is why the second word became not only incomprehensible but false.”

“The first word must be: The Reich (kingdom) is accomplishment of creation, fulfillment, and restoration of this life, answer to our questions, and salvation for our bodily and political miseries. Every historical liberation and recovery therefore is a previous indication, a hint to God’s kingdom.” (The second word should be) “Earthly regeneration is a parable, but just alone a parable of the things to come.”
~ Paul Althaus

In honor of Paul Althaus, a German theologian, who was born on this day in 1888.  Also on this day, Adolf Hilter seizes control of the German Army and puts Nazi officials in key posts.

Resources:
Today in Christian History – February 4 
Paul Althaus – A Representative of the Erlangen School
Theologians Under Hitler

Related Articles:
The Two Kingdoms Doctrine Gone Awry: The Case of Paul Althaus

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3 comments

  1. […] QUOTE (Paul Althaus) – Feb 4 […]


  2. I got the understanding that he is saying the third reich is the answer and not God. No wonder that guy on another post said that everything Hitler did was legal. Making Hitler a god? Wow, absolutely ridiculous.
    Kathleen, God is always the answer. I don’t think it matters which way–the chicken or the egg kind of thing. Whether we sin first then confess to God; or talk to Him first about our choices so we don’t sin. On second thought, talking to Him first makes more sense.


  3. So is he saying give the answer (God) before pointing out the problem/sin? Establish the foundation/truth of God then point out the falsehoods of life?
    Yikes, we do do the opposite more often than not. Thanks for this quote, really good food for thought.



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