By Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich, one of many maximum Protestant theologians of contemporary occasions, wrote multiple hundred radio addresses that have been braodcast into Nazi Germany from March 1942 via could 1944. The declares 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 announces were translated into English for the 1st time, and nearly 1/2 them are offered during this e-book.

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That is a piece of history that has led from one world war to another. But within this history lies, at the same time, the answer to the question that is asked in the article of the Reich propaganda minister: will there be successful battle without hatred? The answer nms: ultimately, a battle can be successful only without hatred. Every battle with hatred prolongs the battle while it begets new hatred. What, then, is hatred? It is the will to recompense the other's evil with evil. But to repay evil for eviL one must himself do eviL and then, instead of prevailing over it.

For three years, it was just the opposite. For three years, every speech was a fanfare of attack, every battle-even if there were occasionally defensive battles-a battle of assault, whose strategy was a pure strategy of offensive. Immense promises were made to the German people, immense threats pronounced against the enemies. Many of these threats and promises were kept, many remained unfulfilled. But this time, nothing was promised but a final commitment to the eastern front and nothing threatened but revenge for the bombing attacks on Germany.

When solitary, they perished or escaped. And the ones who should have helped them acquiesced, accommodated, permitted their only weapon to be taken: the sharpness of the mind. That is an immense part of the German tragedy. When I last spoke to you, I sought to answer the question why the German nation has never come to political maturity. One of the bases is the outlook of the intellectual leaders of Germany, their unbelief in the power of the mind and their betrayal of the intellect. They believed in their science; they believed in their art.

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