Reforming Christendom: Transatlantic Networks and the German-American Protestant Exchange

Part of the Transatlantische Beziehungen book series (TRANSBE)


This chapter examines the development of two different Protestant “theopolitical” worlds in the United States and Germany and the transatlantic religious networks that developed between them. It does so through sketching the historical development of “formal Christendom” and “informal Christendom” in Germany and the United States, two modes of church-state relations that advanced differing interpretations of political theology and ecclesiology. Through tracing their historical development and intersection, this chapter illustrates how the transatlantic flow of religious actors and ideas reshaped “theopolitcal imaginations” on both sides of the Atlantic. Furthermore, it demonstrates how this underacknowledged history of exchange informed the post-1945 emergence of a transnational Protestant consensus around ecumenism, democracy, and religious activism in the public sphere.


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