When A Nation Forgets God

When A Nation Forgets God

7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany

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HEADLINE:Bread Over Freedom'The people of Germany weren't any more barbaric, uncivilized, or depraved than any other Western nation of the early Twentieth Century, yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. What led so many people to such extreme ends'According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary, and more than a few benchmarks from their transition can be observed in present day American society: the Church is silenced, the economy is king, the lawmakers determine behaviors, the media controls beliefs, the Gospel and nationalism become inextricably tied to each other, and yet, heroes still have power.This is not to suggest the United States is marching toward authoritarian oblivion, but that we ¿ especially we Believers ¿ must be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.We must take note of these lessons from history. The parallels are real, but the conclusion is not a foregone one.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Moody Publishers, [2010]
ISBN: 9781575675169
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s radio address: “when a people idolize a ‘leader,’ then the image of the leader will gradually become the image of the ‘misleader.’ Thus, the leader makes an idol of himself and mocks God.”

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Lutz: “’But what will become of men then?' I asked him, ‘without God and immortal life? All things are lawful then, they can do what they like?’” (in “Brothers Karamazov,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Lutz: “Hitler knew that institutions he disliked could be shut down by multiplying laws and by requiring permits for any number of code requirements and procedural regulations. In the end, educational options for parents were squeezed out.”

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Tammy Bruce believes by sexualizing children “they strike the final blow to family, faith, tradition, decency and judgment.”

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Hitler on University teachers: “From now on it is not up to you to decide whether or not something is true, but whether it is in the interest of the National Socialist Revolution.”

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Einekatze11
Jan 31, 2014

Nazi Germany was not a case of a nation forgetting God! How many wars have been fought in the name of God, where both sides believe that they are right and the other is wrong, God is on their side and they will therefore win? I can't think of any war in history where man's differing ideas on God/religion weren't involved!

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mlangelaan
Jun 22, 2013

Lutzer fails to make almost any argument at all. He makes sweeping claims that secular values are degenerate and promote homosexuality, yet provides no evidence as to why the church's "right to discriminate" against gays is just. He grants Nazi persecution of minorities as evil, then defends the religious right to discriminate against groups such as the gay community. He claims that "liberal judges" shouldn't be able to set precedents not supported by the constitution, yet hides behind First Amendment rights, which itself is an alteration of the constitution. He goes on to make similar contradictions in stating that while suppression of free speech is detrimental to Christianity, it is somehow beneficial to Islam.
The only passage worth repeating espoused the value of Truth, and derided people who believe things without supporting facts. But of course he was referring to the truth of the Bible, and not actual demonstrable facts.
Lutzer does address one topic at least, that of free speech versus suppression of hate speech. But while pointing out that the topic exists, he makes no actual argument other than to state that Evangelical Christians are falling within the "hate speech" side of the debate with regard to gay marriage and abortion, which to him of course only means that Christians need to fight harder.
So the book seems to be largely pointless in that the target audience seems to be people that already agree with everything the author says, while making no attempt to convince anyone outside that group of anything.

EuSei Jan 28, 2013

(NOTICE: Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Library Association's beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.) It is interesting to note that the Nazi persecuted Christians as well as homosexuals. Lutzer wrote: “when God is dead, man becomes an untamed beast.” And 150 million people were massacred in the name of a materialist philosophy. (No religion in the history of the world has executed so many!) Lutzer cites Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s radio address as an example of resistance to American anti-religious fascism (see “Quotes”); his transmission was cut short. Today’s Though Police take a longer path, but embrace the same goal: the “Fairness doctrine” wants to control radio/Internet. The Nazi also took over education. As they are doing now, the then Thought Police indoctrinated young masses of the future; Hitler: “And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing,” and “German youth must no longer […] be confronted with the choice of whether they wish to grow up in a spirit of materialism or idealism, of racism or internationalism, of religious or godlessness, but they must be consciously shaped according to the principles which are recognized as correct […] according to the principles of the ideology of National Socialism.” Still Hitler: “Your child belongs to us already. […] You will pass on. In a short time [your children] will know nothing else but this new community.” Lutzer then brings Tammy Bruce's knowledge to the equation: “Today’s gay activists […] in control of the gay establishment want children in their world of moral decay, lack of self-restraint, and moral relativism. [T]he only way to get that accepted is to condition people into nihilism that forbids morality and judgment.”

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naturalist
Jan 28, 2013

The author at his best, see: . . . http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/erwin-lutzer . . . . . Wiki: “Gott mit uns” (meaning God with us). During the Second World War Wehrmacht soldiers wore this slogan on their belt buckles.
In the EPL collection, see: “Hitler's Priests : Catholic Clergy and National Socialism”, by Spicer, Kevin P. 2008 282.43 SPI, and “Pius XII : the Hound of Hitler” by Noel, Gerard 2009 282.092 PIU NOE ...From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: ... Nazism : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism#cite_note-Fritzsche.2C_Peter_1998-4 ... A majority of scholars identify Nazism in practice as a form of far-right politics: Fritzsche, Peter. "Germans into Nazis", Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998; Eatwell, Roger, "Fascism, A History", Viking-Penguin, 1996. pp. xvii-xxiv, 21, 26–31, 114–140, 352. Griffin, Roger, "Revolution from the Right: Fascism," in David Parker, ed., "Revolutions and the Revolutionary Tradition in the West 1560-1991", London: Routledge, 2000
Further reading: “Twisted Cross : the German Christian movement in the Third Reich”
Doris L. Bergen, University of North Carolina Press 1996 ISBN: 0807845604
“The Aryan Jesus : Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany” by Susannah Heschel b.1956 .. Princeton University Press 2010 pbk ISBN-10: 0691148058 ISBN-13: 978-0691148052
“Betrayal : German Churches and the Holocaust” by Robert P. Ericksen and Susannah Heschel editors
Augsburg Fortress Publishers 1999 pbk ISBN-10: 0800629310 ISBN-13: 978-0800629311
“Theologians Under Hitler” by Robert P. Ericksen Yale University Press 1985 pbk ISBN-10: 0300038895 ISBN-13: 978-0300038897 ..
“The Holy Reich : Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945” by Richard Steigmann-Gall b.1965
Cambridge University Press 2004 pbk .. ISBN-10: 0521603528 ISBN-13: 978-0521603522
“The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany” by Guenter Lewy .. Da Capo Press 2000 pbk ISBN-10: 0306809311 ISBN-13: 978-0306809316
“The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965” by Michael Phayer ...
Indiana University Press 2001 pbk ISBN-10: 0253214718 ISBN-13: 978-0253214713

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