Letter from the Editors: March 2013

Contemporary Church History Quarterly

Volume 19, Number 1 (March 2013)

Letter from the Editors: March 2013

Dear Friends,

Frontispiece of Martin Luther's 1543 book: On the Jews and Their Lies. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Frontispiece of Martin Luther’s 1543 book: On the Jews and Their Lies. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Once again we are delighted to be able to share with you our newest issue of Contemporary Church History Quarterly. Thank you for the kind words you’ve shared about our new format. We hope it’s working well for you and are always glad to receive feedback about the journal. The March 2013 issue offers more that is new, for we are featuring four articles alongside our reviews and notes. Even 80 years after the Nazi seizure of power, Manfred Gailus argues that there is still much work to be done in coming to terms with the complicity of Berlin Protestant clergy in the events of 1933. Lauren Faulkner takes us on a journey to a former POW camp near Chartres, France, where chaplain Franz Stock secretly trained German theological students who had been drafted into the German Wehrmacht, preparing them for priestly ministry in the postwar era. Andrew Chandler considers the eight-year period Cardinal Hinsley’s ecclesiastical career, during the time he was Archbishop of Westminster in the crisis years of 1935-1943. And John Conway reflects on the papacy of Benedict XVI and the potential legacies of his rule.

With a bounty of articles to offer, we have fewer reviews than normal. Kyle Jantzen assesses both Christopher Probst’s book Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany (the image of Martin Luther’s infamous On the Jews and Their Lies is our cover image this issue) and the Internet website “Evangelischer Widerstand,” which is produced by the Protestant Working Group for Contemporary Church History. John Conway reviews Sonya Grypma, China Interrupted. Japanese Internment and the Reshaping of a Canadian Missionary Community. Several conference reports round out this edition of Contemporary Church History Quarterly. We hope you enjoy reading it, and look forward to your responses.

On behalf of my editorial colleagues,

Kyle Jantzen, Ambrose University College