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  •  Unfortunately "Christianity" has been used as the (6+ / 0-)

    banner through which many were roused to join or tacitly accept an ideology that pitted good Germans, good Christians, against a Jewish (or Muslim) threat.  We see that same frame used today.  

    I don't think that pointing out the great sway that Christianity as an ideology or culture (rather than as a religious belief) had in creating the ground from which a Hitler and the Nazis could rise and thrive is without merit.  And as for the few Catholics, it is true, most Germans weren't Catholics, but Hitler was born and raised as a Roman Catholic, his beloved and revered mother being a pious and practicing Catholic.  Hitler attended at least one year of Catholic school, Benedictine, I believe. Roman Catholics in Austria were as anti-semitic as most of Christian Europe at the time.  

    Hitler ultimately rejected the Catholic Church but I don't believe it was for theological reasons, per se, but because he desired a more specifically Germanic national brand of Christianity.  

    I would absolutely agree that you are right to say that a large number of Christians (as well as atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, pagans, etc) died fighting the Nazis.  But I think you would be hard pressed to prove that they did so because they were Christians.

    I also agree that Christians as individuals and some organized churches strongly opposed Nazis and anti-semitism, but I don't think one can ignore the history of antisemitism as a part of the rise of a cultural Christianity (if you will) that blamed the murder of Jesus Christ on "the Jews", even if it was Romans who executed him.    

    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 05:01:51 PM PDT

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