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Did ‘shallow Christianity’ help the Nazis rise to power?

21 January 2024

5:00 PM

21 January 2024

5:00 PM

‘Spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison,’ C.S. Lewis famously said. In western countries, organised religion has been declining for the last two centuries; Friedrich Nietzsche even declared that ‘God is dead’. Does the decline and fall of religion have political consequences? Can totalitarian ideology grow in the void left by religion?

To find the answer, it’s worth looking to 1930s Germany.

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