Sunday, December 18, 2005

Preachers and the Thirty Years War

Two interesting posts over at Architecture and Morality.

The first says ...because of political and cultural influences, Mainline Protestant (MP) churches will veer towards being either more catholic or more charismatic in nature.

And another The Thirty Years’ War and the Real War Today: Muslim vs. Muslim telling us the better historical analogy for today is not Vietnam but Europe's Thirty Year War from 1618-1648. A horrific war that left central Europe decimated taking centuries to recover from and then only to be plunged again into the great wars of the 20th century,
One-third of all the cultivated land in northern Germany was reduced to barrenness. Germany’s total population of 16,000,000 was reduced by armed conflict, murder, famine, disease, and emigration to less than 6,000,000. The war had lasted longer than the average expectancy of life in those times. Even when peace was signed the agony was not over. A whole generation of youth familiar only with violence and brutality, had grown to maturity without either secular or religious education. The population sank into ignorance and superstition from which even some of the highest among them were not free.

A more local example: during the war, a German pastor named Martin Rinkhart (1586 - 1649) buried 4,480 victims of the war alone, including his wife. Amazingly, he wrote the hymn “Now Thank We all Our God” during this time period.

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