Church Resistance to Nazism in Norway, 1940-1945 examines the evolution of the Lutheran state Church of Norway in response to the German occupation. While German Protestant churches generally accepted Nazism and state incorporation, Norway's churches rejected both Nazism and ideological alignment. Arne Hassing moves through the history of the Church of Norway's relationship to the Nazi state, from its initial confused complicities to its open resistance and separation. He writes engagingly of the people at the center of this struggle and reflects on how the resistance affected the postwar church and state.
Arne Hassing is professor emeritus of religious studies at Northern Arizona University.
Preface Acknowledgments Map of the Church of Norway's dioceses in 1940 Part One | Preludes1. German Prelude 52. Norwegian Preludes Part Two | Invasion, Accommodation, Collaboration3. Weserubung 4. Forging a Front Part Three | Resistance5. In Defense of a Just State 6. The NS Church System 7. Against Nazification 8. In Defense of the Church 9. The Resignation of the Bishops 10. In Defense of the Young11. Easter 1942 Part Four | Contesting NS Legitimacy12. Negotiations? 13. The Autonomous Church 14. The NS Church Part Five | Final Protests15. In Defense of Jews 16. Against Compulsory Labor Service Part Six | Holding Out17. Between the Times Part Seven | Liberation18. The Reckoning Epilogue: Legacies Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index