Paul Tillich's Against the Third Reich - Paul Tillich's Wartime Radio PDF

By Paul Tillich

ISBN-10: 0664257704

ISBN-13: 9780664257705

Paul Tillich, one of many maximum Protestant theologians of recent instances, wrote a couple of hundred radio addresses that have been braodcast into Nazi Germany from March 1942 via may well 1944. The proclaims have been passionate and political--urging Germans to acknowledge the horror of Hitler and to reject a morally and spiritually bankrupt executive. Laregly unknown within the usa, the pronounces were translated into English for the 1st time, and nearly 1/2 them are offered during this publication.

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And many who believed in justice and humanity their entire lives have become wavering in their beliefs. They ask r 1 [72] AGAINST THE THIRD REICH themselves whether the religion of power is not, indeed, the truer religion. Until a year ago, it would have been difficult to answer this doubt. When the German armies pushed forward through the expanses of Russia and there seemed to be no limits for them, one would have vainly attempted to show the power worshipers the dubiousness of their idols. Today it is different: the "'so far and no further" has been clearly spoken, and it has been not only spoken by fate but also understood by the priests of power worship; the speeche?

Much harm could have been avoided if the intellectual leaders of the different nations would have learned the lesson from the First World War that the mind must serve the good life, and it must not be left to its own devices. It is good to hear such voices, and it would be good if they could also be heard in Germany. But that is such a rare thing, not only now when, generally, voices of truth can no longer be heard but even before, when everyone could say what he thought. Even in that time. many scholars believed that it would taint science if it stepped down into the muck of daily life.

If it does not do that, it is a beau- tiful sport, but without seriousness. It is a dream but not truth; and what is worse than its being sport and dream is that it creates a diversion from the truth. The unveiling of the truth is not pleasant to those who have power and misuse this power at the expense of others. For this reason, they fear the intellect and seek either to wipe out its bearers or-what is more important in the long run- to buy them and to place them in their service. And thereby, we are in the midst of the tragedy of the German intellect: it exalted when it should have condemned; it veiled when it should have unveiled; it kept silent when it should have spoken; it retreated when it should have fought; it betrayed when it should have tolerated.

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