Hardcover • 2016
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.
Review in The Journal of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics:
“Reviews should probably begin with a description rather than an evaluation, but let such a noble procedure be ignored in this case in order to say that we are much indebted to Richard Weikart for this volume. . . . I warmly commend this volume. It is a solidly researched intellectual history made readable without over-simplification. . . . Given the huge quantity of literature being produced these days, it is with caution that we should talk of anything as a ‘must-read,’ but this informative and sobering book lays plausible claim to such an assessment.”