Organized 1886 in Erfurt by W. Beyschlag,* G. A. Warneck,* and others to promote interconfessional discussion and clarify the relationship of ch. and state. In 1886 it est. a press that printed a membership journal, tracts, etc. till 1941. It tried to give the Los* von Rom movement in Austria an ev. basis and pub. the periodical Die Wartburg 190241 for this purpose.
Regarding the Reformation as a permanent standard for Ger. hist., the Bund concerned itself also with free thought, sectarianism, and soc. religious movements. In the Kirchenkampf* it refused to be drawn into the Deutsche Christen (see Barmen Theses) movement and remained indep. In the difficult time of reconstruction and indifference after 1945 it est. a new base of operations in Konfessionskundliches Institut, Bensheim, 1947. In confessional encounter it emphasizes ev. self-evaluation over against RCm Related in purpose to the Evangelical* Alliance.
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