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God's Spies: The Stasi's Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church

God's Spies: The Stasi's Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church
$25.00

The real-life cloak-and-dagger story of how East Germany's notorious spy agency infiltrated churches here and abroad

East Germany only existed for a short forty years, but in that time, the country's secret police, the Stasi, developed a highly successful "church department" that--using persuasion rather than threats--managed to recruit an extraordinary stable of clergy spies. Pastors, professors, seminary students, and even bishops spied on colleagues, other Christians, and anyone else they could report about to their handlers in the Stasi.

Thanks to its pastor spies, the Church Department (official name: Department XX/4) knew exactly what was happening and being planned in the country's predominantly Lutheran churches. Yet ultimately it failed in its mission: despite knowing virtually everything about East German Christians, the Stasi couldn't prevent the church-led protests that erupted in 1989 and brought down the Berlin Wall.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802875259
Publication Date: 
2019-09-17
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Scandal of the Scandals: The Secret History of Christianity

Scandal of the Scandals: The Secret History of Christianity
Lu]tz, Manfred
$18.95
Mahatma Gandhi once chided a Christian friend, All you Christians, missionaries and all, must begin to live more like Jesus Christ. And what Christian among us would disagree with him? Over the past 2,000 years, how many people have been shocked, wounded, and scandalized by the sins and foolish- ness of believing Christians--from wars to witch hunts, from persecution to psychological manipulation? And the list goes on. Today, there is a broad sense that the Church, however well meaning, is on the wrong side of history. But do we really know our history? German psychiatrist and theologian Dr. Manfred Lu]tz dares to show us what con- temporary historians actually say about Christianity's track record over the ages. His detailed overview begins with the ancient pagans, passes through Israel, the early Church martyrs, Constantine's Rome, the Barbarians under Charlemagne, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation, the Borgia popes, the Galileo affair, the conquistadores, the French Revolution, the slave trade, the Holocaust, the sex abuse crisis, and more. A Scandal from the Start separates myth from fact, giving us a picture of Christendom in all her surprising holiness and beauty. Prepare to be amazed at how little you really knew about Christianity.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781621642619
Publication Date: 
2020-05-10
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