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Hitler's Religion : The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich
by Richard Weikart


Overview - For a man whom history can never forget, Adolf Hitler remains a persistent mystery on one front--his religious faith. Atheists tend to insist Hitler was a devout Christian. Christians counter that he was an atheist. And still others suggest that he was a practicing member of the occult.  Read more...

 
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Overview
For a man whom history can never forget, Adolf Hitler remains a persistent mystery on one front--his religious faith. Atheists tend to insist Hitler was a devout Christian. Christians counter that he was an atheist. And still others suggest that he was a practicing member of the occult.
None of these theories are true, says historian Richard Weikart. Delving more deeply into the question of Hitler's religious faith than any researcher to date, Weikart reveals the startling and fascinating truth about the most hated man of the 20th century: Adolf Hitler was a pantheist who believed nature was God. In Hitler's Religion, Weikart explains how the laws of nature became Hitler's only moral guide--how he became convinced he would serve God by annihilating supposedly "inferior" human beings and promoting the welfare and reproduction of the allegedly superior Aryans in accordance with racist forms of Darwinism prevalent at the time.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781621575009
  • ISBN-10: 1621575004
  • Publisher: Regnery History
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General
Books > History > Military - World War II
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

The myth that Adolf Hitler was a Christian persists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrarybut perhaps thats not so surprising, given that Hitler, especially early on, pretended to piety to gain power. Weikart (The Death of Humanity) carefully documents Hitlers hatred and contempt of Christianity and his desire to destroy the Christian church. He also shows that Hitler, unlike some of his closest associates, was not an occultist or neo-pagan. Nor was he an atheist. Instead, argues Weikart, Hitler was a pantheist, but not of the gentle daffodil-loving variety. Hitlers pantheism, Weikart argues, was ruthlessly Social Darwinist, and he believed that the ironclad laws of nature demanded endless strife in a bloody struggle for survival. Weikart offers no new scholarship: his strength is in his ability to organize existing, mostly primary-source, documentation into a readable and convincing whole. The book is middlebrow in a positive way: written in laymans language but carefully argued, always acknowledging the core opacity of what Hitler really thought about the spiritual. The work is thoughtfully documented and a gift to those interested in an introductory overview of Hitlers religious beliefs. (Nov.)

 
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