The Impact of the Holocaust on the Church of England

  • Marcus Braybrooke


When I said to a friend that that I was writing a paper on the impact of the Holocaust on the Church of England1 , her answer was ‘Has there been any?’ Alan Ecclestone also in his The Night Sky of the Lord — a book we shall consider — says ‘it is difficult to find evidence of a realistic approach to the Jewish problem or to show how it has affected the learning processes of the churches in Britain.’ I think this is somewhat unfair because there has been a real attempt to purge the church’s teaching and liturgy of its traditional anti-Judaism and some effort to learn about Judaism as a living religion. There has been little reflection, however, on the more properly theological question of how God’s character and purpose for the world is to be understood in the shadow of the Shoah.


Jewish People Christian Church Protestant Church Theological Question Theological Interpretation 
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