We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

What's Wrong With The World? by George H. Gerberding


Rev. George Gerberding wrote this book just at the end of World War I. He answers the question Why? by summarizing and explaining the philosophies embraced by each of the major nations involved in the conflict. The astute reader may recognize the thinking of the young pre-WWI Europeans in the the minds of young Americans today.

German Rationalism, Materialism, Pessimism

  • German Rationalism
  • Rationalism’s Roots

Rationalism started in Eden when the devil asked, “Yea, hath God said?” Should a being endowed with reason as man is believe that? Should he not at least investigate, criticize and judge all such sayings that purport to come from God?

  • Germany’s Pantheism
  • Pantheistic State Craft
  • Materialism. Determinism. Socialistic Atheism.
  • Militarism. School Craft. Intolerance.
  • Pessimism. Bitter Fruit.
  • Goethe. Schleiermacher. Claus Harms. Ritschl. Eucken.


  • Religion And Literature
  • French Revolution. French Philosophy.


  • What’s Wrong With England? Some Sore Spots.
  • Apostasy. Darwinism.
  • England’s Debasing Literature


  • America. Good Beginnings. Later Apostasy.
  • Social And Spiritual Dangers

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