Funny, the two other religions Hitler mentioned he would have rather had, were arguably also “great heaps of mystical, outdated nonsense.”
What caused you to excerpt?
I’m presently reading through this book. I loved his critique of liberal theology he experienced when he first visited the US.
“What helped him aggrandize power, he approved of, and what prevented it, he did not. He was utterly pragmatic.”
That is the bottom line.
“In public he often made comments that made him sound pro-church or pro-Christian, but there can be no question that he said these things cynically, for political gain. In private, he possessed an unblemished record of statements against Christianity and Christians. “
Although we are engaged in a great battle of ideas, millions of America citizens, including those who claim the banner of "Christianity," because of their institutional indoctrination into the counterfeit ideas of so-called "progressive" thought, are clueless.
They have not studied the ideas of liberty which underlay their 1776 Declaration of Independence from rule by coercive government, nor do they understand that what 1882 historian Frothingham called "the Christian idea of man," made possible the limitations on elected officials in government protected by their Constitution.
Contrast so-called "progressive" attitudes on the subject with the words of Thomas Jefferson, author of that Declaration which was to form the philosophical basis of the Constitution and former President the "progressive" Left loves to quote when they try to exclude references to "God" from the public square. He wrote extensively about the superiority of the philosophy of Jesus, but we never hear about that from the Left.
Yes, the same Jefferson who penned our Declaration of Independence wrote that Jesus "preached philanthropy and universal charity and benevolence," that "a system of morals is presented to us [by Jesus], which, if filled up in the style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man."
He wrote, "His moral doctrines...were more pure and perfect than those of the most correct of the philosophers...and they went far beyond both in inculcating universal philanthropy, not only to kindred and friends, to neighbors and countrymen, but to all mankind, gathering all into one family, under the bonds of love, charity, peace, common wants, and common aids" which, Jefferson said, "will evince the peculiar superiority of the system of Jesus over all others."
Comparing the Hebrew code which, according to Jefferson, "laid hold of actions only," "He [Jesus] pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man; erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head."
That Jefferson cut out the statements which could be directly attributable to Jesus, pasted them into a little book which he kept by his bed and read from them daily, attests to the fact that his political philosphy may have been influenced by what he considered to be the superiority of the "philosophy" of Jesus.
It is unlikely that any person alive today, including the current President, has read the writings of as many of the great philosophers as Jefferson. His talents and abilities were legend. His devotion to liberty and to the ideas essential to liberty were based on simple principles, some of which, undoubtedly, came from his understanding of the basic law underlying all valid human law: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." As Jefferson stated it, "No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him."
Jefferson seemed to understand that the philosophy capsulated in those ideas has the power to make people in a society more benevolent, more loving, more caring, and more willing to take care of each other voluntarily.
There is a sharp contrast between a philosophy of love and the politics of hate which motivate the radical Islamic terrorists, as well as the radical Left in America which now spouts its personal hatred and division in our partisan politics.