Ministry for Church Affairs Established in Nazi Germany Under Direction of Hanns Kerrl Hot

In Nazi Germany, the government establishes a Ministry for Church Affairs under the direction of Hanns Kerrl, previously President of the Prussian Landstag. Church matters were previously handled under the Ministry of interior, led by Wilhelm Frick.

As Reichsminister für die kirchlichen Angelegenheiten (Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs), Hanns Kerrl is responsible for mediating between the Nazi government and church leaders in Germany — especially with regards to the Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung, or coordination.

Marking a change in government relations with Christian churches, Kerrl tends to favor the German Christians who seek increased nazification of German Christianity. German Christians strive to redefine the very nature of the Christian church itself.

Instead of a universal community of believers, the idea of the Christian church is transformed so that it is dependent upon German notions of race and ethnicity — thus, the church becomes an expression not only of Christian doctrine but also German culture.

According to German Christians, God is revealed to humanity not just in Scripture and through Jesus, but also in nature (race) and history. Separating the earthly church from the universal community of believers allows German Christians to dismiss any obligation to universality.

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