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Theories of Religion

Theories of Religion - Gabriel Rotman April 8 2007 REL 2011...

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Gabriel Rotman April 8, 2007 REL 2011 Intellectual Influence on Hitler It’s been 62 years since the end of World War II. The German surrender was just the final infringement in Hitler’s failure to rule the Western world. His belief for a society without the different races and religions he so much hated was lost. He was portrayed as a Catholic, but perhaps more intrigued by Protestant beliefs. His belief for such a powerful outlook on life though could be skewed as esoteric views, but in fact wasn’t. He didn’t belong to any group of people that influenced him at all. He grew up with beliefs that would later be toned by his favorite artists, authors, and even composers. His philosophy, though, was one of the most impact-inducing. Scholars like Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert Wagner, Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau, and Houston Stewart Chamberlain made Hitler trust what he believed even more. His beliefs came from a wide range of books he had read while growing up. Whether they are religious, economical, or political, they all influenced him into building his own idea of the perfect society. Many scholars have noted that society builds religion, but it appeared to be that Hitler tried building a society around a religion; a religion that he would lead to power through controlling human destiny. Friedrich Nietzsche had written a book called Thus Spoke Zarathustra and it spoke about many of the similar concepts Hitler was so proudly trying to implement throughout Europe. The book was written in a style that was similar to Nazi theology. Though later, due to his unique style in writing and failure at fame, Nietzsche went insane and with the use of editing, his sister was able to misconstrue her brother’s philosophy into values she believed more
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appropriate for Hitlerian culture. Perhaps she was an opportunist and took this prospect to a degree where it could be used as propaganda for a society she believed to be a better one. Maybe Hitler was more influenced by Nietzsche’s sister than himself, but who really knows. The fact of the matter is though that Nietzsche wrote about the concept of a pure Aryan race, which obviously leaves out any room for other religions. This is conceivably where the ideology of Nazi racism came from. Much of what is seen in Nietzsche’s literature is found to be similar to that of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Hitler’s hate for the Jewish race was commonly found in that of Nietzsche’s comments in describing the Judeo-Christian morality. Though Nietzsche believed in a world with no God and Hitler hated the idea of atheism, Nietzsche’s ideas were still common to that of Hitler’s through
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