Kresta in the Afternoon – January 18, 2017 – Hour 1

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+  Hitler's Religion (2 segments)

  • Description: Some people, in an effort to discredit the Catholic Church, allege that Adolf Hitler was a practicing Catholic. Others allege that he was an atheist. Neither of these claims is accurate. So what was Hitler’s religion? How did his understanding of spirituality and philosophy shape the worldview that led to such atrocious crimes against humanity? We’ll talk with Richard Weikart.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Richard Weikart
      Richard Weikart is professor of history at California State Univ., He is the author of five books, including has published five books, including The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life, and Hitler's Religions: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich. In addition to his books, he has published many articles, review essays, and reviews in scholarly journals.
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    • Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich

      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. (learn more)

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