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      Christelijke ethiek tussen Geest en tijdgeest: Alfred Dedo Müller’s vergeten Ethik Translated title: Christian Ethics between Spirit and Zeitgeist: Alfred Dedo Müller's Forgotten Ethik

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      NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
      Amsterdam University Press

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          The German theologian Alfred Dedo Müller (1890–1972) has become known for his crucial contribution to the establishment of practical theology as an independent discipline. He is also known for his commitment to religious socialism and for his involvement in new liturgical movements. However, none of the historical accounts about this important theologian has paid attention to his Ethik, published in 1937. In that study Müller explicitly expresses sympathies for Nazi-conceptions about Volkstum, the Jews, the Führer-state, the need for racial hygiene, and the Nurnberg laws. Although he advocates the killing of innocent humans in no way, he may be criticised for failing to identify the dangers of Nazism, for not speaking up more loudly, and for de facto providing the Nazis with theological justification of their politics. After World War II, Müller expresses regret about the deceptions and the crimes of Nazism. However, he neither makes any reference to his own role nor does he see reasons to alter his theological method of ‘radical realism’.

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          NTT
          NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
          Amsterdam University Press
          2542-6583
          2590-3268
          August 2007
          18 July 2019
          : 61
          : 3
          : 198-219
          Author notes

          Dr. Theo A. Boer is universitair Docent ethiek aan de Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, Postbus 80.105, 3508 TC Utrecht

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          10.5117/NTT2007.61.198.BOER
          401c432a-ff60-4e91-a417-6b91d6d323f5
          © 2018 Amsterdam University Press
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