Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Book Review: When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin W. Lutzer

This book was not always an easy one to read. I imagine it was an even harder one to write. But when your subject matter details the parallels between the political and social climates of Nazi Germany and modern-day America—and when you bring up hot button topics like abortion, censorship, homosexuality and hate speech—author and reader alike would do well to not expect an easy ride. Though I didn't agree with every comparison, Erwin Lutzer made some poignant insights in When a Nation Forgets God.

As Lutzer explains, "Nazism did not arise in a vacuum. There were cultural streams that made it possible for this ideology to emerge and gain a wide acceptance by the popular culture." In particular, it was disturbing to read how inept the majority of the church was during the rise of Nazism. While this is a short book, he deals with some heavy material as the chapters headings suggest:
  1. When God Is Separated from Government, Judgment Follows
  2. It's Always the Economy
  3. That Which Is Legal Might Also Be Evil
  4. Propaganda Can Change a Nation
  5. Parents—Not the State—Are Responsible for a Child's Training
  6. Ordinary Heroes Can Make a Difference
  7. We Must Exalt the Cross in the Gathering Darkness
At times I felt he pressed his comparisons too far, but he was close enough to the mark often enough that the ideas must be dealt with whether one agrees with his conclusions or not. This book would not be one I would loan to my non-Christian friends, but every Christian should read and pray that our hearts would be softened and our spines would be strengthened.

This book was a free review copy provided by Moody Publishers.

1 comment:

Yoshimi said...

"Hearts softened".......to what? For what?