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A Little Detour with Steve Pt. 3: Inside Hitler’s World

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Apologetics Canada Podcast is back with another round of a little detour with Steve. Today’s topic: Adolf Hitler.

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[M]y feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a fighter… …In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders… …As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago—a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people. 1Norman H. Baynes, ed., Speeches of Adolf Hitler: Early Speeches 1922-1924, and other Selections (New York: Howard Fertig, 2006), 19-20.

– Adolf Hitler’s speech delivered in Genoa on April 12, 1922


Amid his political associates in Berlin, Hitler made harsh pronouncements against the church, but in the presence of the women he adopted a milder tone—one of the instances where he adapted his remarks to his surroundings. “The church is certainly necessary for the people. It is a strong and conservative element,” he might say at one time or another in this private circle. However, he conceived of the church as an instrument that could be useful to him. 2Richard Winston and Clara Winston, trans., Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970), 95. Emphasis mine.

– Albert Speer, Hitler’s Chief Architect


Hitler had been much impressed by a scrap of history he had learned from a delegation of distinguished Arabs. When the Mohammedans attempted to penetrate beyond France into Central Europe during the eighth century, his visitors had told him, they had been driven back at the Battle of Tours. Had the Arabs won this battle, the world would be Mohammedan today. For theirs was a religion that believed in spreading the faith by the sword and subjugating all nations to that faith. The Germanic peoples would have become heirs to that religion. Such a creed was perfectly suited to the Germanic temperament. Hitler said that the conquering Arabs, because of their racial inferiority, would in the long run have been unable to contend with the harsher climate and conditions of the country. They could not have kept down the more vigorous natives, so that ultimately not Arabs but Islamized Germans could have stood at the head of this Mohammedan Empire. Hitler usually concluded this historical speculation by remarking: “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” 3Winston and Winston, trans., 96.

– Albert Speer, Hitler’s Chief Architect


His sole, exclusive role is that of a politician. The best way to deal with the churches is to claim to be a ‘positive Christian’. So far as these questions are concerned, therefore, the technique must be to hold back for the present and coolly strangle any attempts at impudence or interference in the affairs of the state. And this we shall endeavour to ensure to the best of our ability… 4Fred Taylor, trans., The Goebbels Diaries: 1939-1941 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1982), 76. Emphasis mine.

– Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda


Hitler emphasized again and again his belief that Nazism was a secular ideology founded on modern science. Science, he declared, would destroy the last remaining vestiges of superstition… ‘The best thing,’ he declared on 14 October 1941, ‘is to let Christianity die a natural death… …The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science.’ 5Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: The Penguin Press, 2009), Kindle, Location 10264.

– Sir Richard J. Evans, Historian


In general, Hitler embodied the views of any popular newspaper, any bar-parlour bore, from England to Russia, from Finland to Sicily, during his lifetime: that is, that science had replaced religion; that Darwin had mysteriously ‘explained’ everything about the struggles of history, that the fittest would survive, and that among the differing peoples of the earth, it was the ‘Aryan’ or Eurasian race who were superior to the ‘savages’ found in Africa and South America, or to the Jews. 6A. N. Wilson, Hitler: A Short Biography, (London: Harper Press, 2012), 2.

– A. N. Wilson, Hitler Biographer


Books

Speeches of Adolf Hitler: Early Speeches 1922-1924, and other Selections edited by Norman H. Baynes

Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944: His Private Conversations translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens

The Third Reich at War by Sir Richard J. Evans

Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris by Sir Ian Kershaw

The Goebbels Diaries: 1939-1941 translated by Fred Taylor

Hitler: A Short Biography by A. N. Wilson

Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer translated by Richard Winston and Clara Winston



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Notes   [ + ]

1. Norman H. Baynes, ed., Speeches of Adolf Hitler: Early Speeches 1922-1924, and other Selections (New York: Howard Fertig, 2006), 19-20.
2. Richard Winston and Clara Winston, trans., Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970), 95. Emphasis mine.
3. Winston and Winston, trans., 96.
4. Fred Taylor, trans., The Goebbels Diaries: 1939-1941 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1982), 76. Emphasis mine.
5. Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: The Penguin Press, 2009), Kindle, Location 10264.
6. A. N. Wilson, Hitler: A Short Biography, (London: Harper Press, 2012), 2.

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  3. This seems to be a debate that will never die, but really should and is simply a distraction. I don’t know why Christians and atheists constantly have to get in a battle over who killed more people – atheists or Christians? Hitler could be a buddhist. Does it matter? Maybe, if he killed in the name of Buddhism and it was consistent with mainstream beliefs of the religion. Shouldn’t Christians be more concerned about their doctrine and set of beliefs that masses of them were able to be duped that what Hitler was planning was in line with their god and their doctrine? Whether Hitler was Christian or not, he used god and Christianity to his advantage. If Christians were really so pure and loving, shouldn’t they have wholeheartedly rejected Hitler long before he was powerful enough to launch the Holocaust and other atrocities? This podcast was unfortunately a little too superficial and tackled one tiny aspect of this much larger issue. And even in that task, of trying to pass off Hitler as not one of yours (for all that matters), it largely failed to be quite convincing.

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