Ryan Buesnel

Proposed Title

The Deutsche Christen under Hitler: Die Botschaft Gottes and the Institute for the Study and Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life.


This thesis will suggest that the German State Churches co-opting of National Socialist ideology highlights the inherent danger of giving primacy to contemporary culture when undertaking theological reflection and biblical scholarship. This thesis will draw on various texts and publications which demonstrate the extent to which the German Church adapted the bible and theological tradition in order to accommodate anti-Semitism and Nazi racial policy. I will suggest throughout that contextual approaches to theological interpretation should be held in tension with the transcendent.

Why I chose CSU

I completed my BTh (Honors) in theology at Charles Sturt University.


“The German Christian Rally at Berlin’s Sportspalast, 28 February 1934: Reich Bishop Ludwig Müller, Dr. Christian Kinder Respond to the Kirchenkampf,” Journal of Church and State, csaa103, https://doi.org/10.1093/jcs/csaa103

“National Socialist Black Metal: A Case Study in the Longevity of Far-Right Ideologies in Heavy Metal Subcultures,” Patterns of Prejudice 54 (2020): 1-16.

“Positive Christianity: Theological Rationales and Legacies,” Religion Compass 14 (2020): 1-8.

“Falling into the Abyss: Dostoevsky’s ‘The Double’ and Mental Illness,” Eremos 146 (2019): 32-36.

Eremos, December 2018 No. 144. 'John Bunyan’s Cinematic Spirituality' ISSN: 1037-4922

Parity, November 2014, Vol.27 Issue 10 'Young People Seeking Asylum and Homelessness' ISSN: 1032-6170

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