Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hitler the Christian

My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognised these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who-God's truth!-was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple...
-Adolf Hitler

This bombast may have been occasioned by circumstantial expedience. But it is at the least suggestive of identification with a violent, vengeful God, all the more remarkable in its abstraction from the largely irenic context of the Gospels. It is probable that Hitler's imagination of himself as an Aryan Jesus-come with sword to cleanse the world of the money-changers-was not a fugitive state of the man's mind. An identification with a destructive, omnipotent being, its incorporation into his grandiose self, or a reinforcement or sanction by it, may well have played a part in the boundless rage and destructiveness that Hitler unleashed on the world.
-from Against Religion by Tamas Pataki

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