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Old 08-07-2006, 02:26 PM   #55
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I'm not doubting that he said any of that but could you list your source?

Furthermore it's important to know when, where and in what context he expressed these opinions.

Secondly, to me it's obvious and both common sense to think that his Catholic upbringing affected his character in some way. It had to, as my Catholic upbringing did to me.

The question here is whether it had a profound influence on Hitler. It's rather ambiguous to say this as Hitler had a profound effect on alot of things. In what area did this side of him shine through?

Are people suggesting that it had a profound influence on the final solution? I would have to disagree as Jews were being put to death for being 'unpure' just like other undesirables including Gypsis and Slavs. It's my impression that Hitler wasn't murdering these people because of some religious contradiction, his motivations were purely racial and political.

So to really center on Christianity as a primary motivator is false I believe especially in comparison to his true motivations and ideology.

Again had Hitler been a real Catholic, Nazi germany would resemble more of a theocracy. Instead it was a secular 'National Socialism', a regime that fell down the slippery slope of euthanasia to genocide...hardly Christian aspirations.

There is no doubt in my mind that Hitler and the Nazi movement was very much secular. So when someone says that Christianity had a profound impact on him and his ideology, it's puzzling.
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