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8-15-11 CMI 8075Swastika-against-Cross

The Christian Nazi Myth Refuted

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A review of: The Swastika against the Cross: The Nazi War on Christianity by Bruce Walker

Outskirts Press, Parker, CO, 2009

Many anti-Christians turn to the Nazis for an example of the sort of evil that can be committed in the name of Christ. The myth that the Nazis were Christian is so common that many Christians cannot adequately answer it. If the Nazis had been Christian in name, all this would have proved is that not all who claim to act in Christ’s name are consistent with His teachings. But far from being Christians, the Nazis were opposed to Christianity and sought to stamp it out. In less than 100 pages, Bruce Walker, in The Swastika Against the Cross, sets out to document the Nazi’s opposition to Christianity using sources that were mainly written before and during the Second World War. As Walker points out, “The authors of these books had no idea how history would unfold; they did not know that the world would be plunged into a global war or that six million Jews would be exterminated in horrific fashion” (Introduction).

Was pre-Nazi Germany Christian?

In the era leading up to Nazi Germany, Germany and the rest of Europe were characterized by growing hostility to Christianity. Instead, Europe was enamored with Darwinism and Communism: “Karl Marx and Charles Darwin captured the hearts and minds of men. … God was unnecessary; man was self-made, the survival of the fittest was the preferred method of improving the human race provided by the only god that still existed—nature” (p. 2).

Germany, more than any other country, embraced both naturalism, fueled by Marxism and Darwinism, and the hatred of Christianity and Judaism that the new philosophies inspired. In fact, the same people wrote anti-Semitic propaganda were generally very anti-Christian as well. Over 100,000 Germans formally abandoned their professed faith between 1908 and 1914. More than that many left Christianity every year after World War I, and many who remained Christian did so only in name (pp. 4–6). By the time Hitler came to power, Christianity was barely present in Germany as a cultural force, much less a dominant or influential power….

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  • salim serrano

    you’re right.
    the nazis didn’t necessarily united with chrisitanity;
    they united with the papacy in carrying out their plan.
    link on to the provided website to learn more.
    may God bless us all,

  • Dennis

    Although the nazis werent christian in my opinion the reasons given by this author here in this small article have nothing to do with it.In fact all those ideas expressed are Jewish inspired.Its hard to believe the Germans embraced ideas by there enemies?Btw Jews are not semetic ppls nor are they christian.

    • Wendy

      What do you mean Jews are not Semtic. The definition of Semitic peoples are those descended from Shem (son of Noah). Jews are all descendents of Abraham, descendent of Shem.

      Many Jews are Christians. Although the majority of Jews unfortunately are not.

    • Wendy

      The author here discusses German Christians at the time of the Nazis. It has everything to do with the topic.

      Nazis were antiChristian and antiGod. Hitler was even demon-possessed, in trances, communicating with the devil.

  • Henri CJ

    True Wendy, Nazi’s were non-christian, their antisemitism sprouted from the many centuries of prosecution and the return of ancient German culture worship. Hitler was involved in witchcraft and satanism and he forced his select group the SS to take an occult oath.
    But Nazi’s had nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity and large part of so-called christianity has nothing to do with born again believers which are the real Christians following the Lord Jesus….

  • Wordman

    We’re likely to hear from a number of weirdo, supposedly Christian, neo-Nazi, groups on this one. In any case, one lesson we should really pay attention to here is this: That a nominalized, national, Christian faith is possibly worse than no faith at all. The nominalized remnants of German Christianity not only failed to stop the Nazi’s wicked ambitions, but actually lent them SUPPORT. By holding on to some of the outward vestiges of German Christianity, the Nazis could claim [falsely!] that their cause was a Christian one. This allowed them to fraudulently tap deep wells of legitimacy, loyalty, and power. God bless the REAL Christians, many of whom paid the ultimate price, for doing their best to stop the Nazis from robbing God’s heritage.

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