Experience in the Church and the Work of Theology

Claus Westermann

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 1/1/1990

Issue: Catechism and Lectionary (Vol. 10, No 1, Winter, 1990)

My career as a teacher of theology began at the church seminary (kirchliche Hochschule) in Berlin-Zehlendorf a few years after the end of World War II. It was an extraordinary situation—in part because a large number of the beginning theological students were older than was usual and were marked by the experiences of the war and the intense suffering brought on by the collapse of everything at war’s end; in part because of the peculiarity of the seminary, which had grown out of the Kirchenkampf (church struggle), out of the confessing church’s opposition to National Socialism—even within the official church.

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