One day Donald Trump discovers that he is owned, lock, stock, and roulette wheel, by Lutheran Brotherhood, and must renegotiate his debt load with a committee of silent Norwegians who don't understand why anyone would pay more than $120 for a suit.
It was a brilliant, mutinous period. Brecht gave back to German prose its Lutheran simplicity and Thomas Mann brought into his style the supple, luminous elegance of the classic and Mediterranean tradition. These years, 1920-33, were the anni mirabiles of the modern German spirit.George Steiner
How could so many reputable and responsible churchmen have lent their support, even if only passively, to the perpetration of such crimes as genocide? What fever seized so many millions of German Christians, both Evangelical [Lutheran] and Catholic, in those few short years of Nazi tyranny?John S. Conway, in his book The Nazi Persecution of the Churches 1933-1945 (1968)
Without transformation , you can assume you're at a high moral , spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic . I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.Richard Rohr, in Judy Valente Richard Rohr, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, 11 November 2011
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