1880ca Berlin, Dorotheenstädtische Kirche und Kirchhof von Südosten, F. A. Schwartz

The following appears in Lehre und Wehre V. 26 (1880) p. 383

Rejection of a rationalist chosen as pastor in Prussia. The “Pilger aus Sachsen [Pilgrim from Saxony]” of October 24th wrote: “The preacher Hasenclever from Baden, a denier of the true resurrection of Christ, was elected to the Dorotheenstädtische Kirche in Berlin. The Brandenburg Consistory, however, refused to confirm him “because he had not yet come to a firm and secure conviction of the decisive facts of salvation and truths of Christianity, least of all to such a conviction as would correspond to the state of confession of the Prussian state church and the obligations to be assumed by him.” The fact that the Consistory dared to deny confirmation to a clergyman who had been proposed by the magistrate and whose election had been advocated in particular by the former Minister Falk as a church elder of the Dorotheenstädtische Kirche, is beyond the comprehension of the free-minded press, and it engages sometimes in groundless, incomprehensible speech, at others in threatening speech. By way of comparison, a recent incident should be mentioned. In Hamburg, a general communal churchyard is now being prepared; only the Jews were allowed a separate cemetery. But they had also demanded it with all their might. When it was pointed out to them that a Belgian rabbi had declared that the “eternal grave” was not an unconditional requirement of the Jewish statutes, a liberal Jewish lawyer replied that the rabbi had been immediately dismissed from his position, which would have been quite in order. For he who shakes 3000-year-old customs of his faith may become a writer, but he cannot become or remain a rabbi. No newspaper printed any rebuke when this happened with the Jews. But when the Christian church finally defends itself against those who undermine it, then the “call to arms” of not only the Jews, but also of their liberal Jewish comrades is raised. Your Lessing would call out to you: “Either you have lost your mind, or you never had one.”

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