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When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germanyby Erwin W Lutzer
Synopses & Reviews
Years ago, a cartoon appeared in a Russian newspaper picturing a fork in the road. One path was labeled freedom; the other path was labeled sausage. As we might guess, the path to freedom had few takers; the path to sausage was crowded with footprints. When given a choice people will choose bread and sausage above the free market and individual liberties. The promise of bread gets votes, even if the bread is at the expense of freedom. The people of Nazi 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 (Do any of these sound familiar?): 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 short, manageable book does not suggest the United States is definitely 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.
Lutzer draws parallels between the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary during the early 20th century and more than a few benchmarks from their transition that can be observed in present-day American society. He asserts that believers must be vigilant in the stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
About the Author
DR. ERWIN W. LUTZER (B.Th., Winnipeg Bible College; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Loyola University) has been Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Moody Church since 1980. Prior to taking that position he served as the Pastor of Edgewater Baptist Church in Chicago and later became an assistant professor of Bible and Theology at the Moody Bible Institute.
Dr. Lutzer is the author of numerous award-winning books including Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth: A Critique, One Minute After You Die, Is God on America’s Side?, Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible, The DaVinci Deception, When You’ve Been Wronged, Christ Among Other gods and The Serpent of Paradise.
Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs: The Moody Church Hour, the popular evening program Songs in the Night, and the daily broadcast, Running to Win.
He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren.
Table of Contents
1. When God is Separated from Government
2. It is Always the Economy
3. Our Laws Reflect our God
4. Propaganda (i.e. the Media) has Power
5. Parents are Responsible for the Education of their Children
6. Ordinary Heroes can Make a Difference
7. Why the Cross can do what Politics can't
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