By Christophe Chalamet
How does one turn into a "Righteous one of the Nations"? relating to Henri Nick (1868-1954) and André Trocmé (1901-1971), French Protestant pastors on whom that identify was once conferred through Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) for his or her acts of cohesion towards persecuted Jews, the reply appears: through being immersed, from an early age, within the discourses and practices of social Christianity. via concentrating on the lives of 2 major figures of twentieth-century Christianity, this research, the 1st in English at the Social Gospel in French Protestantism, provides a family tree of that circulation, from its emergence within the final many years of the 19th century to its excessive element, in the course of global battle II, in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, the place Trocmé and lots of humans of that quarter of southern France rescued hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees. As social Christians who prayed and labored for the arrival of God's country in the world in the middle of an international torn by way of international wars, Henri Nick and André Trocmé mixed a deep revivalist religion with a priority for the concrete stipulations during which humans stay. They wanted to "save" others, and certainly they discovered that motive in methods they didn't foresee.
"People wonder that the folks at Le Chambon took within the Jews. yet what Chalamet is helping us see is that this didn't pop out of the blue. particularly, this was once made attainable through humans similar to Henri Nick and Jacques Kaltenbach, whose discovery of the social dimensions of the gospel made Trocmé attainable. the consequences are clear--heroism is the outworking of lives that by no means look heroic."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
"Based on unique archival study, Chalamet richly fills within the heritage of the recognized occasions at Le Chambon, the place the Christian group, led via André Trocmé, stored the lives of millions of Jewish kids in the course of the Nazi career of France. . . . Nonviolent social motion and spirituality have been solid in a crucible of braveness and pain to provide a brand new and compelling model of the Social Gospel."
--George Hunsinger, Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
"This booklet is helping us rediscover the deep non secular and social impression within the first half the 20th century of the Protestant circulation often called the Social Gospel. the writer unveils the binds among nice pastors, Henri Nick and André Trocmé, who sought to evangelize the employees and who contributed to the rescue of Jews throughout the Holocaust. the result's a true contribution to the heritage of twentieth-century France."
--Patrick Cabanel, Professor of past due smooth heritage, collage of Toulouse-Le Mirail
Christophe Chalamet is affiliate Professor of Theology on the collage of Geneva (Switzerland). he's the writer of Dialectical Theologians: Wilhelm Herrmann, Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann (2005).