Hitler's Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich

Hitler's Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich

by Richard Weikart


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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
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 11/21/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,239,097
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Weikart is an associate professor of modern European history at California State University, Stanislaus. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in modern European history with specializations in modern Germany and modern European intellectual history. His prior books include From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany and the 2016 book Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life , also published by Regnery.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Was Hitler a Religious Hypocrite? 1

2 Who Influenced Hitler's Religion? 15

3 Was Hitler an Atheist? 39

4 Was Hitler a Christian? 67

5 Did Hitler Want to Destroy the Churches? 107

6 Did Hitler Derive His Anti-Semitism from Christianity? 147

7 Was Hitler an Occultist or Paganist? 173

8 Who Was Hitler's Lord? 195

9 Was Hitler a Creationist? 221

10 Was Hitler's Morality Based on Religion? 245

Conclusion 275

A Note on Sources 281

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 289

Index 381

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