A confessing church at war with itself: The significance of the relationship between the concepts “Gospel and law”

Rothney S Tshaka


The confessing movement of Germany has influenced the South African confessional movement. Although the confessing movement of Germany was successful in alerting some Christians of the ills of nationalism and the concoction of nationalism with theology, this movement was not without its own challenges. One major challenge was revealed in terms of how the concepts Gospel and Law were related with one another. Being constituted by different ecclesial traditions, it lacked a clear consensus of how to deal with secular law, which was considered to be of concern by the state. A separation between gospel and law, which is sometimes insisted upon especially in some theological traditions is seen in this article as one contributing factor to the German church’s late reaction to the Jewish question.


Gospel and law; confessional church; Karl Barth; Barmen Declaration; Jewish question; Belhar Confession.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2015.v1n2.a32


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