From Rwanda’s Dark Past to America’s Uncertain Future

In today’s episode of The Altar and the Eagle, we take a somber look back at the Rwandan Genocide—a tragic event that claimed around 800,000 lives due to deep-seated ethnic tensions. We examine the destructive role of propaganda and how media fueled a massacre that unfolded with frightening speed and brutality. We discuss the shocking…

The Nazis, the Pastors, and Christian Nationalism

In our latest episode of ‘The Altar and the Eagle,’ we unpack the chilling legacy of eugenics and its misuse for political gains, tracing from Galton up to the atrocities of Nazi Germany. By examining the weaponization of us-versus-them rhetoric, we see how it not only shaped historical tides of tyranny but warns us of…

The Nazis, the Pastors, and Christian Nationalism: Discussion Guide

1. What are the similarities and differences between the eugenics movement described in the podcast and the use of genetic technology in modern times? 2. How does the role of propaganda, as discussed in the episode, compare to the spread of information and misinformation through contemporary social media platforms? 3. In what ways can the…

Understanding the Unthinkable: Hitler’s Speeches in English and Their Relevance Today

We’re launching a new feature of this podcast. In addition to the longer-form episodes, we’re releasing a short, weekly recording that addresses an important historical or current-day topic or event. In this episode of “The Altar and the Eagle,” host Steven Martin dives into a controversial topic: Hitler’s speeches. He discusses the unsettling experience of…

The Other

Thanks to a question posed by patron Rev. Michael Sluder, in the next episode I’m going to tackle a subject that’s very difficult for me: how politicians gain power by dividing people against each other. The context, of course, is the Nazi period, and how the church failed in its mandate to love neighbor, and…

The Sacrament of Baptism: In Nazi Germany, a Tool of Love and Hatred

In this episode of The Altar and the Eagle, host Reverend Steven D. Martin delves into the complex and controversial topic of baptism, exploring its historical and contemporary significance. With the voices of Robert Ericksen and Hartmut Lehmann, the focus is on baptism’s misuse by the Nazi regime. The episode delves into the deep connections…