The Swiss theologian Adolf Keller was the leading ecumenist on the European continent between the two world wars. In this book the historian Marianne Jehle-Wildberger delineates his life and its achievements. Based on research in forty archives in Europe and the United States, a picture emerges that shows a wonderful man who was a personal friend of Karl Barth, C. G.Jung, Thomas Mann, and Albert Schweitzer - and thus who was influenced by the spiritual tendencies of the twentieth century. Keller cooperated closely with the National Council of Churches. His Central Bureau of Relief in Geneva (Inter-Church Aid) was supported by American churches. His lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary on "Religion and Revolution" (1933) - in which he was one of the first commentators to denounce National Socialism in Germany - set a new standard of political discussion and are unsurpassed. Marianne Jehle-Wildbergers's book is an important contribution to twentieth-century church history and to the history of the twentieth century in general.
Marianne Jehle-Wildberger is a renowned Swiss historian. She has written many books and articles on the Reformation, Pietism, and modern church history. She is a specialist on the period of National Socialism and the church struggle in Germany and taught history at the College of Sargans.
Introduction Abbreviations 1 From Village Boy to Pastor 2 Entering Ecumenism: Peace Building and Bridging Europe and America 3 The Ecumenical Movement: Life and Work and the Central Bureau for Relief 4 Crisis and a New Beginning at Life and Work, and from the Central Bureau to Inter-Church Aid 5 Opposing National Socialism, Supporting German Refugees 6 World War II and the Postwar Period Conclusion: The Significance of Adolf Keller Chronology List of Persons Bibliography