There has always been this conflict over religion and fascism that when posited, by the liberal, individualist tradition, notably by a Christopher Hitchens or Slvaj Zizek, there is connection invoked between the two; part of the popular secular culture dialog that lumps faith with fascism with secular, atheists in many cases as the good guys riding off in the sunset with the beautiful girl. A typical misrepresentation is Hitchens calling G.K. Chesterton, “shady on fascism,” and the overall smear campaign against Pius XII which extends into the realm of incredulity that deigns to lump Naziism as some form of religious heresy.
The concept that Christianity was complicit with the rise and expansion of Naziism is based on a swirling context of significant forces. When a Dawkins or Hitchens spread the gospel of the danger of religious faith, they mean essentially Christianity or Islam. Since the Nazis engaged in the final solution, it is assumed that this anti-semitism was rooted in Christian bigotry and although there were exceptions, their theories are error riddled, near demagogue styled populism running against proof that Christianity was a defense against dictatorship. Their whole argument that religion is responsible for all war is rubbish, on par with Hitchen’s argument that somehow Hitler remained true to Catholicism and was not an atheist.
The difficulty of the German Christians was that Hitler had been voted in legally within the terms of the constitution, which meant that his government was ostensibly legitimate; at least until he went full-Roman and Augustus style became a pagan god, “a jealous god” to spike the Hebrew punch bowl,and cult of the leader which in sum, as “fuehrer” was not a recognized post and fair game for dissent among Christians.
( Hitler): “The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity!”
“Christianity is a prototype of Bolshevism: the mobilisation by the Jew of the masses of slaves with the object of undermining society. Thus one understands that the healthy elements of the Roman world were proof against this doctrine.”
“Pure Christianity – the Christianity of the catacombs – is concerned with translating the Christian doctrine into facts. It leads quite simply to the annihilation of mankind. It is merely whole-hearted Bolshevism, under a tinsel of metaphysics.”…
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