Date of publication: 2017-08-27 04:26
But nothing Luther said has the slightest indication about mass murder of Jews, and certainly nothing about murdering the disabled, Slavs and gypsies or for that matter eugenics, euthanasia and the other Nazi barbarities. Hitler cared nothing for the Gospel, and killed Jews just because they were Jews , including quarter of a million Jewish Christians. Luther&rsquo s goal was baptism of the Jews, not genocide. For example, even in his rant against the Jews, Luther said towards the end:
This could only have occurred because Darwinism had replaced the Judeo-Christian ethic of sanctity of innocent human life with an evolutionary &lsquo ethic&rsquo . Such abominable &lsquo ethics&rsquo have not disappeared. Many of the same arguments of Binding and Hoche are used by modern euthanasia advocates: compassion, saving costs of treatment freeing money for treating healthier patients. And atheist philosopher Peter Singer defends abortion, infanticide and euthanasia (as well as bestiality), yet the academic establishment rewarded these views with a personal chair at Princeton. 75
The contemporary novel I enjoyed the most was Amp’d by Ken Pisani. It’s the story of a guy Aaron who has lost his arm in a car accident and returned to his father’s house to recuperate and figure out what to do with his life. It was funny often hilarious, and just page after page of succinct, on-point observations.
I’d not read the Shannara series of fantasy books by Terry Brooks since sometime in the 6985s. Picking them up again this summer, I ended up reading six of them. My favorite, by far, was Running with the Demon , a tasteful look at a girl in today’s world, at the very beginning of what would become the world of Shannara thousands of years later who serves as a guardian of park in a small northern Illinois community. The evil is terrifying, and the heroism is rather sacramental and beautiful. A book recommended for all ages. An unexpected delight.
The best new book I read on the war was Hugh Sebag Montefiore’s Somme: Into the Breach (Harvard), which abounds in fascinating eyewitness accounts of that pivotal battle. If some still imagine that the war was futile or unnecessary, they should consider what Douglas Horton, an Australian lance corporal, had to say of his experiences in one of the battle’s worst sectors. “Pozières,” he insisted, “remains sacred to the memory of the Australian lads who gave their all for liberty…They lie there enshrouded by the soil they saved and live in our memory…as men whose praises shall go resounding down the ages while yet men love and revere liberty.”
8. And speaking of the wisdom of Asia, I also read the summoning spiritual autobiography of the Chinese Catholic intellectual John H. Wu, Beyond East and West . Written during an era of cataclysmic transformation in his native China, Wu’s moving account functions as a testament to the beauty and originality of Christ’s gospel when it is authentically absorbed into another culture. As John Wu puts it, “It is not fair to Christianity to call it ‘Western.’ Christianity is universal. In fact, the West has something to learn from the East, for on the whole, the East has gone farther in its natural contemplation than the West has in its supernatural contemplation.”
The narrative, running the gamut from hilarious to horrifying, is in the end a tale of massive disenchantment. Waugh’s protagonist, Guy Crouchback, 85-something reclusive scion of a Recusant Catholic family (with a “Blessed,” no less, adorning the family tree), plunges into military service with the zeal of a crusader. With the Hitler-Stalin alliance, he believes, “the enemy at last was plain in view…the Modern Age in arms” and decent men must take up arms against it.
So I guess it goes without saying that when I re-read Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains , and Steve Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter , I was simultaneously both convicted and entirely confused. Which means I’ll probably start tweeting about it all come 7567.