Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 7: Fatalism  and Technology

Lesson 7: Fatalism and Technology

I sensed a fatalism in response to the lessons on just war theory. There was a lot of “yes, but…” reactions, comments such as “I don’t think there is anything like a just war, but I am in no way a pacifist” or “I have always regarded myself as a pacifist, but events lately have […]

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Lesson 6: Just War Theory (Part 2)

Lesson 6: Just War Theory (Part 2)

Let me ask some questions that I think demonstrate the limitations of any just war theory in our time. 1) Many of the those who read last week’s lesson reported they did not believe there was anything like a just war. They considered themselves conscientious objectors. Is that a moral position? Is it the only […]

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Lesson 5: Just War Theory (Part 1)

Lesson 5: Just War Theory (Part 1)

Christians have two options when it comes to war. They can either be strict pacifists, or they can espouse a just war theory. The latter is not that easy. Certainly, one of the most difficult ethical issues is drawing up moral guidelines for fighting wars. At every step, you must prevent national self-interest from trumping […]

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Lesson 4: Violence in  Christian History

Lesson 4: Violence in Christian History

If you believe, as I do, that Jesus defined the Christian lifestyle as nonviolent love, you have to contend with all the times his followers acted violently in the name of love. That involves asking when, if ever, a historical situation might justify using physical force. Most importantly, it calls for discussion seeking to discern […]

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Lesson 3: Nonviolence in Jesus’ Gospel

Lesson 3: Nonviolence in Jesus’ Gospel

Many of us are offended when modern-day apostles picture Jesus holding a gun or wearing a military uniform. Admittedly, Jesus comes across as extremely forceful when he cleanses the temple and speaks harshly defending himself or warning about an impending judgment. However, his lifestyle and teaching are overwhelmingly nonviolent. He never advocates physically attacking others. […]

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Lesson 2: Violence in the Old Testament

Lesson 2: Violence in the Old Testament

Whenever the modern prophets look for scripture to support their calls to violence, they turn to the Old Testament. Many take that for granted, believing that part of the Bible presents a violent God who commands his people to viciously destroy their enemies. You certainly could get that picture if you read only accounts of […]

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Lesson 1: The Nonviolent Kingdom of God

Lesson 1: The Nonviolent Kingdom of God

After looking at the Christian Nationalists, I thought a short series on violence might be in order. It’s bad enough that our society has little idea of how to handle the problem. Now we have many in the Church advocating the use of physical force in the name of Christ. A starting point might be […]

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Lesson 13: Conclusion

Lesson 13: Conclusion

Let me conclude this series by referring to an article Don sent me: The New Apostolic Reformation drove the January 6 riots, so why was it overlooked by the House Select Committee? by Rick Pidcock. It traces in great detail how Christian Nationalists were deeply involved in the insurrection and wonders why the select committee […]

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Lesson 12: Overcoming Our Political Divisions (Part 2)

Lesson 12: Overcoming Our Political Divisions (Part 2)

When I began this series on the church and politics about 3 months ago, I am not sure I even knew the term “Christian Nationalist.” As the media has recently discovered this group, more and more people have become concerned about their activities. So many, in fact, that I have never had so many people […]

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Lesson 11: Overcoming Our  Political Divisions (Part 1)

Lesson 11: Overcoming Our Political Divisions (Part 1)

Just about every time I’ve spoken about Christian Nationalism, people ask how are we ever going to heal the political divisions afflicting our society? They are especially concerned because many believe it cannot be done without violence. Some even talk of civil war. I found myself wondering about that question at the annual Martin Luther […]

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