Faith Matters - Luther’s Legacy in Namibia - Evangelization and Genocide
October 7, 2017
Colonial troops of the German Kaiser, himself a Lutheran, ruthlessly crushed a native rebellion in 1904, and the missionaries justified this brutality. They argued it was God’s will that the German Kaiser rule over his "mission children”. Today, Namibia is 90 percent Christian but the trauma of the colonial era, to which the missionaries contributed, has not been forgotten. The Lutheran Church in Germany, the EDK, has recently acknowledged this darker side to Luther’s legacy: a confession of sin in a year of celebration.