Protestants: Conscience in East Germany

For 18 years, the Evangelical of East Germany have been to coexist with Communism. They have, for example, accepted the annual springtime Jugendweihe, a pagan parody of confirmation at which East German youths are enrolled as loyal children of the state. Now these Luther an and Calvinist churches, to which nearly all East Germans belong, are staking out a claim to freedom with a ten-point declaration of independence approved by their bishops at a closed-door synod meeting in Weissensee, a district of East Berlin. This policy statement is being compared to...

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