What is Righteousness?
It is not correct ideology, the right political party, nor decisive moralistic efforts that lead to true righteousness. God alone can bring the righteousness of a warm, loving heart, not a legalistic justice but the liberating Spirit of Jesus. This article appeared in Das Neue Werk magazine in 1920.Continue Reading
Reading Romans 13 under Fascism
In August 1934, the Bruderhof informed the German government that it would refuse to participate in a mandatory national plebiscite to affirm Hitler’s regime. In the community’s worship meeting the Sunday before the vote, its pastor Eberhard Arnold gave the following address on the relation of church and state.Continue Reading
Politics and the Fire of Reconciliation
Eberhard Arnold was skeptical of those who preached reconciliation without practicing it. In this 1921 essay, he addresses class divisions in the modern church – divisions between rich and poor he believed could only ultimately be addressed through shared life in community.Continue Reading