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Friday, December 3, 2010

Glenn Beck Program, December 3, 2010

Theme:  Churches

Glenn and Eric had a discussion about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Herr Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany between the world wars.  Eric described how Bonhoeffer spoke out against Adolph Hitler and Nazism and how, at the end, he was arrested, placed in a concentration camp and later executed.

Early in Hitler’s career, he gave speeches wherein he sounded very conservative and religious.  In actuality he was a pagan.  After his election to Chancellor, he sought to consolidate his power throughout Germany.  One approach was to infiltrate the churches and took them over. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a radio program at the time and even gave a speech on his program against what Hitler stood for.  He and other pastors disassociated themselves from the government run churches, thus setting themselves up for elimination.

Eric talked about the state of Christianity in Germany at that time and how it was very much a surface level religion, without much depth, which made it easier for the government to control.  Glenn related that back to the Tower of Babel story wherein the tower is seen as a way for man to get to heaven without needing God to do it. 

In researching the book, Eric said that he noticed a number of parallels between the state of religion in Germany in the 1930s and the state of religion in America today. 

Glenn drew attention to the three holidays at this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and how they relate to each other.

Guests: Reverend A. R. Bernard and Pastor Tom Mullins.

They discussed some of the details of their respective churches what they were trying to accomplish. 

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