Nazi Trilogy Shows How Evil Ultimately Consumes Itself


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By Dave Dentel

History’s most notorious criminals compel a certain fascination, though we are well-advised not to become too enthralled.

St. Paul encouraged us to dwell on the true, just and lovely, a discipline no doubt meant to keep us from being enticed by the trappings of evil, the power it sometimes imbues (however briefly), or from forgetting that except for divine grace tyrants like Adolf Hitler might exist as the rule rather than the exception.

Then again, speaking the truth is always a defense against malevolence. And few have unveiled the utter depravity of Hitler’s regime in as meticulous detail as historian Richard J. Evans.

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Scholar: History Tolerated Slavery for Millenia. What Happened?

By Dave Dentel

In the past three hundred years, the kind of slavery that permits one human being to own another has gone from near universal acceptance to being all but eradicated.

Scholar David Brion Davis attempts to explain why this momentous transformation occurred in his dense and highly academic tome, Slavery and Human Progress.

Davis’s work is not so much a history of slavery and how it came to be (mostly) abolished as it is a recounting of what people have thought and said about the institution.

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Indian Scholar: Bible Built the West—Let It Transform the East, Too

Christians in India circa 1870.
By Dave Dentel

It may have been the dust jacket design that threw me off. The title is set in ornate lettering and illuminated with a medieval-style vine-and-serpent motif, which led me to think this was a book about the ancient origins of the Bible and how it emerged in its present form.

Instead, The Book That Made Your World examines a much more familiar theme—how the Bible influenced and accommodated the rise of Western civilization. But what makes it different, and unusually potent, is that its thesis is propounded by an Easterner who sees this historical influence as a good thing.

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Thriller Examines the Nature of Evil on the Eve of World War II

By Bradley Weber—Night Paris Street

By Dave Dentel

When I picked up A Coffin for Dimitrios, I was expecting a light alternative to the nonfiction I had been plodding through.

Having seen the 1940s movie version, and being a fan of between-the-wars detective thrillers, I was all set for author Eric Ambler to sate my palate with an easily consumed tale of trench-coated protagonists tracking down international rogues and bringing them to justice.

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The Birth of Kitty Bomb-Pop and other Revelations from National Novel Writing Month

This scrappy feline (image shamelessly stolen from a t-shirt I bought at Wal-Mart) will be featured in a series of adventures I plan to write, perhaps, during next year’s National Novel Writing Month.
By Dave Dentel

About twelve days into my maiden attempt at National Novel Writing Month and its insane goal of pounding out fifty thousand words in thirty days, I was struck by an amazing insight.

I am failing at this, and it’s all my friend’s fault.

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Apologetics Survey Weaves a Story You Can Believe

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Man has been rebelling against God since well before the law was given on Mount Sinai, depicted here by Dore.

Godless despotism reached its apotheosis in the 20th century, killing millions and wreaking destruction on a scale unequaled in human history.

These crimes no doubt did much to taint the flavor of atheism associated with this murderous movement and the particular political forms in which it was manifested: fascism and communism.

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