Committing Faith in Public: Vic Hunter talks about the contemporary relevance of the Barmen Declaration

When the Nazi regime essentially nationalized the Christian churches in Germany, making them one of the legitimizing arms of their evil program, some church leaders capitulated and embraced their roles. Others resisted. One of the most famous expressions of that resistance was the Barmen Declaration. The threat of Christian nationalism in the U.S. today has brought renewed attention to the Declaration.

In this podcast, Center director Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend interviews the Rev. Dr. Vic Hunter. Dr. Hunter reflects on Barmen and its relevance to the situation of Christian churches in the U.S. today, especially the threat of churches idolizing any political regime.

Dr. Hunter is a retired Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor who was born in Kansas, raised Church of Christ, and educated at Union Theological Seminary (MDiv) and later at Phillips (DMin).He served as a missions publication editor, as the leader of a mission in London, and in Disciples congregations in Colorado and West Virginia. He is the author of several books with his brother, Dr. Lanny Hunter, including What Your Doctor and Your Pastor What You to Know About Depression, Living Free in an Anxious World and Stories of Desire and Narratives of Faith.

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