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Making the Entire World Hold its Breath

Some current questions have been asked before:

“We need to turn our attention to another question, one of far greater importance. How do we explain how someone with so few intellectual gifts and social attributes, someone no more than an empty vessel outside his political life, unapproachable and impenetrable even for those in his close company, incapable it seems of genuine friendship, without the background that bred high office, without even any experience of government before becoming __________, could nevertheless… make the entire world hold its breath?”

About whom does the author write?

13 thoughts on “Making the Entire World Hold its Breath”

  1. ella says:

    Perhaps the author needs to examine the vessel more closely in order to envision the attributes within. Then examine the circumstances under which the vessel was able to expose it’s contents, finding kindred vessels. An example of circumstances:

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Well, Ella, if you read the book I link to in this article you’ll find Hitler received a thoroughly Christian schooling, with regular courses in religious instruction.

      1. ella says:

        Hitler was a totally disenchanted “Christian” at the time he decided to become a leader in Germany. In other words he had become something else by the time he wanted to conquer the world. He became the type to suppress religion.

        1. Jim Cook says:

          Having been shown to be incorrect regarding your point about Hitler’s schooling, you’re moving the goalposts. I notice.

          At any rate, no. Through the 1930s, as he rose to political power, he cited, not rejected, Christianity as a motivator. Up to and during the very last year of his life, he justified his actions with reference to God.

          “I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

          1. ella says:

            I guess there are some people who believe that he was actually spouting Christianity. The vast majority would have called that Anti-Christ, at best. Anyone can ‘speak’ of God and use His name, that does not make them followers. It makes those who listen and believe ignorant. No, Hitler was a deeply disenchanted Christian who knew a lot about his subject and how to use people through it. Any one who knows even basic premise of the Bible knows Hitler was not a Judaeo-Christian man, who summarily slaughtered Jews.

          2. Jim Cook says:

            You can call him “disenchanted” if you want to; that’s convenient, because there’s no way to prove “disenchantment” or not.

            Thank you for finally admitting in your penultimate sentence, however, that Adolf Hitler was indeed a Christian.

          3. ella says:

            ” Any one who knows even basic premise of the Bible knows Hitler was not a Judaeo-Christian man, who summarily slaughtered Jews.” My own quote
            Dear Jim, Cook, what part of “not a Judaeo-Christian” equals “… Adolf Hitler was indeed a Christian.” Jim Cook

            That Hitler once studied the Christian religion is not in question. What is in question is what his state of mind was when he became Chancellor of Germany. He was not at that time a Christian in any sense of the philosophy/religion.
            “The religious views of Adolf Hitler are a matter of debate, with a consensus of scholars agreeing that Hitler was not a Christian and was skeptical of religion generally.[1][2] According to Alan Bullock, Hitler was a rationalist and materialist “who believed neither in God nor in conscience”,[3] but who opportunistically employed the language of “divine providence” in defence of his own myth…”

            “As in all wars the chaplains first had to grapple with the morality of the war itself. Second, once that bridge had been successfully crossed, how one could, as a pastor, knowingly serve a regime whose ideology was so radical and that fostered, in the best times, a policy of benign neglect toward the Church.”

          4. J Clifford says:

            Historical documents don’t support you.

            The consensus of scholars do NOT agree that Adolf Hitler was not a Christian. The consensus of defenders of Christians contends, despite the facts, that Adolf Hitler was not a Christian.

            Adolf Hitler described himself as Christian, said he believed in God, and used Christianity as a justification for and support of his Nazi agenda.

            Look at all the positive things Adolf Hitler had to say about the Nazi regime’s relationship with Christianity:

          5. ella says:

            There is an organization called “Christian Science” the leader of which states he knows Jesus and God exist. His goal was to be the father of the Anti-Christ. Your arguments hold water like a sieve. I have no desire to argue and you do not state your allegations accurately.

          6. Jim Cook says:

            Christian Science was founded by a woman (Mary Baker Eddy), not a man, and it’s a kooky religious organization but has nothing to say about giving birth to the anti-Christ.

            Not that any of this has to do with the relationship between Hitler, Nazism and Christianity.

          7. ella says:

            I really am out of it. I meant Scientology. And you know I did not contradict myself, you are trying to win even when you lose by making an inaccurate statement about what someone else says. Your sister(s) must have run you around the block. There are both schools of thought, but Hitler showed his view of Catholic Christianity when he was a child and never changed. I do not know what precipitated that, but I can remember my parents both discussing how obvious he became in the last days. They felt that was why someone was able to get close enough to him to almost kill him. His god complex was crumbling in the end. Of course I have watched lots of movies too.

          8. Jim Cook says:

            Not my problem if you contradict yourself. You’re quoting Christian apologists. I’ve quoted Hitler himself. Hitler was raised Christian, went to Christian schools, declared himself Christian as an adult and remained a religiously oriented leader in his recorded statements until the year of his death.

  2. ella says:

    Examine the circumstances some more: The economy is a good comparison too.

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