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Reich Recognizes Anti-semitic Christian Religion

June 18, 1937
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The Deutsche Volkskirche, which upholds the “Aryanized” version of Christianity from which every vestige of “Jewishness” has been erased, was officially recognized by Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick as representing an accredited Reich religion, the Havas News Agency reported today.

The National German Church, as it is called, was founded by Dr. Arthur Dinter, veteran Nazi who recently announced he had received Chancellor Hitler’s permission to leave the party so that he might devote his entire time to religious studies. The profession of faith he subsequently evolved excluded all “Jewish elements” from the Bible and depicted Jesus as a pure “Aryan.”

The Volkskirche has only vague ties with Christianity as such. It presents “blood and race” and the revelation of a pantheist God as the touchstones of religion. It rejects the thesis of salvation and grace, or any other Christian dogma deemed to be of Jewish conception.

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