[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Evangelisch=reformed

Günther Böhm GHBoehm at ish.de
Tue Feb 3 01:10:27 PST 2009

Carol Duff schrieb:
> My family story is from Hesse, where I have found in a church book a 
> notation that a Lutheran pastor refused to baptize the son of an 
> ancestor, until that ancestor threatened to take him to his home 
> community for baptism. That man was working in Saxony at that time, and 
> Hesse was reformed. The Lutheran pastor probably wanted to convert him. 
> This was in the early 1800's.  The pastor of the home church explained 
> it to me, that they were not Lutheran but Reformed. Carol
Hello Carol,
when did this baptismal quarrel happen?
After the reformation, Hessen-Nassau was both Lutheran and Reformed and 
the Idstein (Nassau) Synod of 1817 was the first in Germany which united 
them to the "evangelische christliche Kirche". In opposite to Prussia, 
the unification happened by consense of clergy and parishes instead of 
royal order. In consequence there were no subsequent secessions of 
single parishes in Nassau. After the annexation of Hesse by Prussia in 
1866 this church was not integrated into the "Altpreußische Union" but 
stayed a formally independent body - under the superintendence of the 
Prussian king. Finally conformity was enforced in 1933 by influence of 
the National Socialist "Deutsche Christen".


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