Is this a big deal? Here in the United States we are used to our politicians wearing their religion on their sleeves. And even though belief in God is diminishing among Americans - as it is everywhere else in the West - it would be nearly impossible for a confessed atheist to achieve higher office here.
But things are different in Germany. Germans are for the most part much more reserved about professing their faith, and Angela Merkel comes from eastern Germany - the most atheistic region on the planet (although her father was a Lutheran pastor).
In any event, here is Angela Merkel on her video podcast making an impassioned statement of faith:
For non-German speakers, here is a good article from Global Post on Angela Merkel and religion:
But it was Merkel’s statements on a podcast broadcast on her website earlier this month that Resing said revealed the most about her personal views.
“I am a member of the Evangelical Church,” she told a young theology student. “I believe in God, and religion is also my constant companion, and actually has been my entire life.”
“I find it very liberating that as a Christian, one can make mistakes,” she added. “That one knows there is something higher than just human beings, and that we are also called on to shape the world in responsibility for others. This is a framework for my life, which I consider very important.”
Such statements from politicians may be commonplace in the United States, but not in Germany, where personal religious beliefs are largely kept under wraps.
The article also mentions a 2009 meeting between Angela Merkel and Barack Obama where the president and chancellor prayed together in the Dresden Frauenkirche.
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