When A Nation Forgets God

When A Nation Forgets God

7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany

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This excellent book is so important. It clearly and powerfully explains what the parallels are between Germany's fall from grace and the beginning of our own fall. - Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

In When A Nation Forgets God, Erwin Lutzer studies seven similarities between Nazi Germany and America today--some of them chilling--and cautions us to respond accordingly. Engaging, well-researched, and easy to understand, Lutzer's writing is that of a realist, one alarmed but unafraid. Amidst describing the messes of our nation's government, economy, legal pitfalls, propaganda, and more, Lutzer points to the God who always has a plan.

At the beginning of the twentieth Century, Nazi Germany didn't look like a country on the brink of world-shaking terrors. It looked like America today. When a Nation Forgets God uses history to warn us of a future that none of us wants to see. It urges us to be ordinary heroes who speak up and take action.

Publisher: Chicago : Moody Publishers, c2010
ISBN: 9780802446565
Branch Call Number: 274 .3082 LUT
Characteristics: 148 p. ;,21 cm

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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.

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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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