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Roger Stanyard writes:

I have some severe doubts about the claim that Hitler was a "creationist" ..."
In addition to my previous post, here's an analysis of Mein Kampf that I wrote a whole ago and have posted a few places. There is absolutely no doubt that Hitler was a creationist who presented a religious, creationist rationale for exterminating Jews. It's all there explicitly in Mein Kampf (all quotes below are from there).

Essentially, Hitler regarded different races as God-created, with the Aryan race created supreme, but considered that the Aryan ideal was being corrupted. Hitler spends much time criticizing the churches for opposing each other rather than Jews:

"Catholics and Protestants are fighting with one another to their hearts' content, while the enemy [Jews] of Aryan humanity and all Christendom is laughing up his sleeve. Look at the ravages from which our people are suffering daily as a result of being contaminated with Jewish blood.
"... Think further of how the process of racial decomposition is debasing and in some cases even destroying the fundamental Aryan qualities of our German people"

Note that this is the opposite of Darwinian ideas, of mankind's improvement and ascent from apes. Instead it is a notion of a previous ideal, a created "fundamental" archetype, that is now subject to "racial decomposition" and "debasement".

"This pestilential adulteration of the blood, of which hundreds of thousands of our people take no account, is being systematically practised by the Jew to-day.
"Systematically [Jews] corrupt our innocent fair-haired girls and thus destroy something which can no longer be replaced in this world."

Again, the notion of a prior ideal that "can no longer be replaced". It's the very opposite of Darwinism.

"The two Christian denominations look on with indifference at the profanation and destruction of a noble and unique creature who was given to the world as a gift of God's grace."

Note- again the concept of a created Aryan race as God's ideal. An ideal that is being corrupted.

"Everybody who has the right kind of feeling for his country is solemnly bound ... to see to it that ... he fulfills the Will of God and does not allow God's handiwork to be debased."

Again the concept of debasement of God's Garden-of-Eden handiwork, the degeneration from a prior ideal. This is entirely the opposite of Darwinian ongoing improvement.

"For it was by the Will of God that men were made of a certain bodily shape, were given their natures and their faculties. Whoever destroys His work wages war against God's Creation and God's Will."

No comment needed!

"In recent years things have gone so far that patriotic circles, in god-forsaken blindness of their religious strife, could not recognize the folly of their conduct even from the fact that atheist Marxist newspapers advocated the cause of one religious denomination or the other"

Again the criticism of churches for not opposing Jews. "Atheist Marxist" is also code for Jews.

"Over against all this, the VOLKISCH concept of the world recognizes that the primordial racial elements are of the greatest significance for mankind."

Note the concept of primordial race! I.e. Original creation by God of separate races, that are now being mixed by the sin of interracial marriage.

"In principle, the State is looked upon only as a means to an end and this end is the conservation of the racial characteristics of mankind."

Again, conservation of an ideal, the very opposite of Darwinism.

"Therefore on the VOLKISCH principle we cannot admit that one race is equal to another. By recognizing that they are different, the VOLKISCH concept separates mankind into races of superior and inferior quality. On the basis of this recognition it feels bound in conformity with the eternal Will that dominates the universe, to postulate the victory of the better and stronger and the subordination of the inferior and weaker."

This might superficial seem Darwinian. But it isn't, note the "eternal Will" (ie God), which is not in Darwinism. The idea here is that God created the races as seperate and UNequal, and placed one above the other. This was a standard idea in Christendom pre-Darwin. It was used to justify slavery, and apartheid South Africa (the Dutch Reformed Church there believed exactly that).

"But, on the other hand, [the volkish principle] denies that an ethical ideal has the right to prevail if it endangers the existence of a race that is the standard-bearer of a higher ethical ideal. "

Excusing what might be seen as unethical (oppressing Jews) by appeal to higher ethics!

"For in a world which would be composed of mongrels and negroids all ideals of human beauty and nobility and all hopes of an idealized future for our humanity would be lost forever."

Note that, rather than improvement to an Aryan super-race, Hitler is worried about degeneration from a past Aryan ideal.

"On this planet of ours human culture and civilization are indissolubly bound up with the presence of the Aryan. If he should be exterminated or subjugated, then the dark shroud of a new barbarian era would enfold the earth."

Ditto.

"To undermine the existence of human culture by exterminating its founders and custodians would be an execrable crime in the eyes of those who believe that the folk-idea lies at the basis of human existence."

Ditto. Again note the Aryans as past founders, and the conservation ("custodians") of a past ideal.

"Whoever would dare to raise a profane hand against that highest image of God among His creatures [ie. Aryans] would sin against the bountiful Creator of this marvel and would collaborate in the expulsion from Paradise."

The "expulsion from paradise" again being the idea of a lost ideal: an Aryan race God-created in it's ideal form as God's ideal handiwork, originally created for the Garden of Eden. That's entirely the opposite of a Darwinian ascent from apes.

"If the Aryan, who is the creator and custodian of civilization, should disappear, all culture that is on an adequate level with the spiritual needs of the superior nations to-day would also disappear."
"Thus for the first time a high inner purpose is accredited to the State. In face of the ridiculous phrase that the State should do no more than act as the guardian of public order and tranquility, so that everybody can peacefully dupe everybody else, it is given a very high mission indeed to preserve and encourage the highest type of humanity which a beneficent Creator has bestowed on this earth."

Lastly, Hitler advocates celibacy of "lesser" non-Aryan people. He thinks they could be induced to accept this.

"Why should it not be possible to induce people to make this sacrifice if ... they were simply told that they ought to put an end to this truly original sin of racial corruption which is steadily being passed on from one generation to another. And, further, they ought to be brought to realize that it is their bounden duty to give to the Almighty Creator beings such as He himself made to His own image."

Note the revealling "truly original sin" -- that is, the destruction of the past ideal of the Aryan race in the Garden of Eden. And the concept that it is Aryans who were made in God's image.

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:59:11 UTC | #570909