Germany lost hold of the brilliant balance of the gospel that Luther so persistently expounded—“We are saved by faith alone, but not by faith which is alone.” That is, we are saved, not by anything we do, but by grace. Yet if we have truly understood and believed the gospel, it will change what we do and how we live.
Note: A crucial truth not to be quickly dismissed or minimized
Realizing he needed to fuel the British war effort, Prime Minister Winston Churchill fused the Germans and the Nazis into a single hated enemy, the better to defeat it swiftly and end the unrelenting nightmare.
Note: politcal meanare achieved by personally costly methods
two hours after Scheidemann had declared “the German republic” from the Reichstag window, Liebknecht followed suit, throwing open a window in the Stadtschloss and declaring a “free Socialist republic”! It was in this childish way, with two windows flung open in two historic buildings, that the great troubles began. The four-month-long civil war, called the German Revolution, now started.
Note: what an ironic start to a nation. . .two open windows calling out their fate
Ideas had consequences, and this idea, now just budding, would flower in his opposition to the National Socialists and bear fruit in his involvement in the conspiracy to kill a human being.
Note: a rather compelling storyline for the biography of a theologian!