One murder changed the course of Christian history. And it wasn’t of a pope or church leader – it was the murder of Russia’s last czars, the Romanovs. This is the beginning of our series on how communist Russia shaped modern Christianity in America. Tsar Nicholas II made many crucial mistakes: allowing Rasputin into his life, ignoring workers, the Russo-Japanese War, and many others. How we dealt with these tragic errors led the country into the hands of the Bolsheviks.
Oh yeah, and we made stroganoff. The recipe is below.
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Truce is back with a special guest: Phil Vischer, one of the creators of the VeggieTales video series. He’s also the creator of the new Laugh and Learn Bible and one of the hosts of the Holy Post Podcast (strongly recommended).
Napoleon Bonaparte. No question he was a military genius and was partially responsible for modernizing Europe. But there are some things we just aren’t sure about. Like, was Napoleon a Christian, a Muslim, or a poser?
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Here are some fun bonus Napoleon Bonaparte Facts that we may not have covered in the episode. Aren’t you glad you visited the website?
Napoleon Bonaparte’s son was named Napoleon II, but he was often (almost creepily) referred to as “The King of Rome” even in letters from ol‘ poppa and momma.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s height — he wasn’t all that short. Probably 5′ 7″, which was about average for the time. The legend started from rumors as his enemies tried to make him sound weak. Did it work? Nope.
His Napoleonic Code was really important after the craziness of French Revolution! It established property rights and set up several branches of law… but it also deprived women of rights, and limited the rights of orphans. Oh, and it said slavery was okay in the colonies. So… important, but certainly not ideal.
Seeing that Napoleon Bonaparte was sick and close to death, his doctors thought it best that he get some exercise. He was exiled to the dampest part of St. Helena which may have contributed to his declining health. So they built him a seesaw in the billiards room! I would LOVE a picture of that.
His nephew, Napoleon III (reviled in Les Miserables), was also not well-liked by his uncle. But the man still became ruler of France… for a hot second (4 years) until he was defeated in the Battle of Sedan.
Remember Occupy Wall Street? That movement from the early 2000’s caused a stir after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. They demanded that the people responsible for the crash be punished for their actions. We in the Christian church often struggle with the rich– how to treat them, how to see ourselves. In this episode we take a look at some statistics that will make us rethink our view of the wealthy.
This episode was produced by Nick Staron. When Nick isn’t busy with the podcast, he’s working as a stand-up comedian. He’s the perfect guy for your church picnic, youth night, or college gathering. Find more about Nick at www.nickstaron.com.
Transcript (may be slightly inaccurate. We published here an early script that may not contain the edits of the full show. Sorry! This is one of the things we hope to change if we can afford to do this full time)
John D. Rockefeller was a shrewd businessman. Even to the point of breaking the law to get what he wanted. His Standard Oil company was eventually broken up using the Sherman Antitrust act. But his money kept influencing society. On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we take a field trip to the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park to see how one wealthy family strong-armed Congress into declaring federal land. And we see how this kind of leverage is used in the modern Christian church.