By Paul Tillich
Paul Tillich, one of many maximum Protestant theologians of recent instances, wrote multiple hundred radio addresses that have been braodcast into Nazi Germany from March 1942 via could 1944. The proclaims have been passionate and political--urging Germans to acknowledge the horror of Hitler and to reject a morally and spiritually bankrupt executive. Laregly unknown within the usa, the pronounces were translated into English for the 1st time, and nearly 1/2 them are provided during this booklet.
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If it does not do that, it is a beau- tiful sport, but without seriousness. It is a dream but not truth; and what is worse than its being sport and dream is that it creates a diversion from the truth. The unveiling of the truth is not pleasant to those who have power and misuse this power at the expense of others. For this reason, they fear the intellect and seek either to wipe out its bearers or-what is more important in the long run- to buy them and to place them in their service. And thereby, we are in the midst of the tragedy of the German intellect: it exalted when it should have condemned; it veiled when it should have unveiled; it kept silent when it should have spoken; it retreated when it should have fought; it betrayed when it should have tolerated.
The sacrifices that they have offered to the idol of power-their own and their nation's-are crying out against them and are drowning out all intelligent speech among those who want to strengthen their power with declarations of belief in justice. It is simply the case that the significance of power is not power but rather life! Power should protect life, by protecting the rights and being that every living thing has. A power that does this is life-creating, because it wants nothing for itself but stands for the just claim of everyone over whom it has power.
But to repay evil for eviL one must himself do eviL and then, instead of prevailing over it. one has given the evil new power. There is but one other will than that of retribution, namely, that of salvation! But it forms a part of salvation that the evil is recognized and broken, and that those things it is doing are prevented, overcome, and punished. For this reason, National Socialism must be disclosed in its wickedness, broken in its wilL hindered in its conquest, and conquered in its power.
Against the Third Reich - Paul Tillich's Wartime Radio Broadcasts into Nazi Germany by Paul Tillich