Vancouver School of Theology

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TH5/713 – Governmental Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance

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July 3-7, 2017, 9am-12pm

The course will address what Bonhoeffer called “putting a spoke in the wheel” of a tyrannical state’s politics vis-a-vis targeted groups of people. The resistance deeply rooted in Christian discipleship that characterized the church-struggles in Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa will be discussed and serve as ways of illustrating “theology in opposition to politics” in other contexts.

Martin Rumscheidt, a native of Germany during the Hitler years, has lived in Canada since 1952. He studied theology at McGill University, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada and, after serving three congregations, taught at Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS, until retirement in 2002.

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