Reconnect Episode 10: Religions, Atheism, and Wars!

Drawing by Danny Martinez - an illustration from Andy Wrasman's book, Contradict - They Can't all Be True.
Drawing by Danny Martinez – an illustration from Andy Wrasman’s book, Contradict – They Can’t all Be True.

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All too often religions are said to cause evil and to cause wars. The Crusades are often times mentioned to support this claim.  Andy interviews Stephen Puls, a Lutheran high school history teacher, who explains what the Crusades were, why they were started, and what went wrong.

In the second segment, they turn towards looking at the role of Atheism in connection with wars!

By the end of this episode, you’ll have some great talking points whenever such an argument against religion arises.   And of course, the goal is to use these talking points to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  A few suggestions on making this connection are also shared in this episode.

Article discussed in show: “The Myth that Religion is the #1 Cause of War”.

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My Lutheran Heritage and Study

In response to a recent post on Baptism, I was asked how old is my Lutheran heritage or study?  Here was my reply, in case any of you are interested in this same topic and find this blog post:

My grandparents on my mother’s side were both Lutheran from NC.  I have no idea how far back it goes on my granddad’s side of the family.  My understanding is that my grandmother was the first believer in her family.  She went to church on her own since she was 5 or 6 years old and always did until she was married to my granddad.

They then raised my mom in a Lutheran Church.  My mom married a Roman Catholic and so my dad’s whole side of the family was Roman Catholic, and now they are splintering into other denominations, but the bulk is still Catholic.

I initially was brought up going to Roman Catholic masses until second grade when we went to a Presbyterian Church, then we landed Lutheran when I was in 7th grade.  I had a horrid confirmation and I didn’t learn what Lutherans actually believe.  I grew up in TN so I was heavily Baptist influenced and from my background I didn’t think it mattered what denomination you went to.  I thought the differences was mostly in the worship styles at services.  In high school I visited other churches on Wednesdays and I quickly found that there were plenty of differences doctrinally, and it wasn’t until after high school when I was hounded by a group to be baptized because  my first baptism didn’t count because I was an infant and because I continued to actively deny the command to be baptized I wasn’t saved or a Christian, that I really dug in with my pastor and learned what the Scriptures said and finally claimed Lutheran as the denomination that was right (not the one I preferred, which to be honest based on my experiences, it wasn’t the one I preferred).

I went to Concordia Irvine when I was 21 and it was there that I discovered that I wasn’t actually a Lutheran.  I agreed with the sacraments, but I didn’t know anything about the doctrine of election.  I had essentially been taught Arminian (Decision Theology) my whole life.  After a lot of wrestling with God and professors, I came full swing  I can say that I am in agreement with Lutheran theology. My heart actually aches for those who confess Christ as Lord, speak of his salvation for us, but still live under the yoke of the law.  I pray that the Lord sees them as believing, but needing help from him with their unbelief.