The Apostle to Ireland – St. Patrick

Every year in mid March the whole world goes a little green. Green hats, three leaf clovers, green beer, green rivers, green parades and green hair. It seems everyone loves “St Paddy’s Day.” A traditional Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day celebrates Maewyn Succat, a Britain-born man who eventually become known as St. Patrick after spending his life converting the wild pagan Celts of Ireland to Christianity. He died on March 17, 461 and every year since, the people of Ireland have celebrated his life and mission on the die he passed away.

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The Propagandist VS The Pastor

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Germany.

World War 2.

Two men lived through this time. One on the side of the Third Reich’s crushing dictatorship. The other as a resistance fighter, spy and pastor. Joseph Goebbels was the head of propaganda for Hitler’s Nazi regime and he ruthlessly lied to an entire generation of Germans, entrancing them to follow a crazed Fuhrer off the cliff of world domination. On the other hand, pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer refused to escape from his native Germany because of his desire to alleviate the plight of innocent countrymen. By the end of the war, both men were dead. But it was how they lived that separated them in breathless fashion.

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Frederick Nietzsche

Frederick Wilhelm Nietzsche was born in Prussia on October 15, 1844. His father and grandfather were pastors, but he grew up to reject the Christian faith. And although popular history has associated Nietzsche with Nazism, it is surprising to the modern reader to find that his work is not compatible with the philosophies of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Nietzsche’s sister married a nazi soldier and liberally edited her deceased brother’s work. This mutated collage was passed around Hitler’s cabinet and consequently, many of Nietzsche’s catch phrases were adopted by the nazi regime. An honest and thorough reading of his work, however, show that anti-semitism and fierce nationalism — hallmarks of the Third Reich — were repugnant to Nietzsche, who even praised the “superior” intellect of the Jewish europeans of his era.

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