ADVERTISING
 
Tuesday, July 17   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Migration
Do Christians in your country have a Bible-based understanding of how migrants should be treated?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Germany
 

‘Spiegel’ portrays evangelicals as far right and ultra conservative

The German Evangelical Alliance considered that the article of well-known magazine is poor journalism and contradicts reality.

SOURCES Der Spiegel, Idea Spektrum AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BERLIN 21 MAY 2015 16:43 h GMT+1
Spiegel, evangelischen Online version of the Der Spiegel article about evangelicalism in Germany. / Der Spiegel

Members of evangelical churches in Germany are “ultraconservative”, according to an article published by the well-known News magazine Der Spiegel. German’s Evangelical Alliance’s secretary general Hartmut Steeb said that the author did his job poorly.



The article was published in the latest edition (16 May) of the weekly magazine, under the title: “Evil spirits are a reality”, arguably quoting an evangelical church leader.



The opening paragraph reads: “Evangelical churches experience a rise in attendace to their services. This conservative Christians annoy the state Church – and delight the populists of Pegida and AfD.”



The report is three pages long and is announced on the front site of the magazine under another title: “Conservative Christians conquer Germany”.



 



“BIBLE BELT” IN DRESDEN REGION



According to the author, evangelicals in Germany have “ultraconservative values in the areas of sex, marriage and education.”



The author claims that the region around the city of Dresden (east of the country) has become “a type of Bible belt, which recalls the Bible-belt in the south of the USA, because the region is influenced both in the religious and political area by conservative, and sometimes fundamentalist attitudes.”



Evangelical leaders, always according to the article, have a “condescending view” on traditional Reformed theology, the author adds, because believers take the verses of the Bible “as the Word dictated by God.”



The article also claims that evangelical churches have links to nationalist and far-right movements like Pegida.



 



DEA REACTION: ARTICLE IS ILL RESEARCHED



Hartmut Steeb, secretary general of the German Evangelical Alliance (DEA), commented about the obscure evangelical portrait drawn by Der Spiegel (the alliance is described in the article as a kind of “evangelical central authority”).



 



Hartmut Steeb.

In an interview with German agency Idea, Steeb questioned the “ability to research and the desire to tell the truth of the journalist”, and wondered if “the standards of journalism are still being used”.



Steeb said that the Evangelical Alliance has not its roots in the United States, but in London, where it was founded in 1846.



Also the claim that independent evangelical churches are seen as a problem by the German Protestant churches is not true, Steeb argued. The relationship between the German Evangelical Alliance and the Protestant Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) is good, as the member of the national board of the EKD Heinrich Bedford-Strohm said recently.



Other details like the alleged relationship between him or the evangelical movement with far right groups are fallacies or outright false. The article could not be taken seriously because many of the major claims in the article were baseless and no sources were provided, he concluded.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - ‘Spiegel’ portrays evangelicals as far right and ultra conservative
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What are the essential characteristics of a godly leader? What are the essential characteristics of a godly leader?

Clinical Pastoral Counsellor Emoke Tapolyai reflect on three characteristics Christians who have been given leadership roles should develop.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines The Church of Scotland debates historic doctrines

The Kirk has begun official procedures to investigate the status and the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith within its denomination.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.