Walter Künneth

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Many Protestant theologians saw both positive and negative tendencies in National Socialism and attempted to weigh them. In April of 1931, Thirty-year old Walter Künneth, an adjunct professor at the University of Berlin and the Director of the Center for Apologetics, undertook one such attempt in a lecture delivered at the “Inner Mission Associations Days” in April of 1931.

He believed he could accept National Socialism scripturally in three domains: its völkisch idea, the reorganization of society to which it aspired and its stated desire for Christianity. Künneth argued for a resolute no in three other domains, however: biologistic racism, Nazi cultural policy and the Nazi movement’s political practices.

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