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At the end of the two-day Barmen Synod in Germany, the German Confessing Church releases the Barmen Declaration.

Written primarily by Karl Barth with help from other Confessing Church pastors like Martin Niemöller, this document insists that churches recognize Jesus Christ as the only authoritative voice of God — a rebuke to any other powers (like the Nazis) who might claim to represent divine authority.

One important portion states:

"We reject the false doctrine, as though the church could and would have to acknowledge as a source of its proclamation, apart from and besides this one Word of God, still other events and powers, figures and truths, as God's revelation."

This is a denial of the common German Christian belief that God's revelation works through race and nation in addition to scripture. In effect, it declares the Nazi-supported Reichskirche to be heretical.

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