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Introduction The Frame Of The Book Or: Mr Munk And Mr Petersen

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This introductory chapter addresses the questions: how is the Christian supposed to act when his or her government misbehaves? Is he or she expected to suffer or to resist? This fundamental question has been acute for many Christians throughout the ages and also for an ordinary Danish civil servant, Mr Paul Petersen, who wrote to the well known Rev. Kaj Munk in July 1943, during Denmarks occupation. The chapter also addresses the question of whether or not Christians should resist the German occupation of Denmark, thus illustrating the topic of this book. The book gives an in-depth analysis of the central question of non-violent resistance both in early Christianity and in the Christian tradition until today. It presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Christian tradition; Denmarks occupation; Kaj Munk; non-violent resistance; Paul Petersen



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