Nazism and religion: the problem of "positive Christianity"

Koehne, Samuel 2014, Nazism and religion: the problem of "positive Christianity", Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 28-42, doi: 10.1111/ajph.12043.

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Title Nazism and religion: the problem of "positive Christianity"
Author(s) Koehne, SamuelORCID iD for Koehne, Samuel
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History
Volume number 60
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 42
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0004-9522
Keyword(s) Politics and Religion
Nazism and Religion
Positive Christianity
Adolf Hitler
Gottfried Feder
Lorenz Pieper
Richard Steigmann-Gall
Derek Hastings
Notes Current debates on Nazism and religion are focused around the notion that the Nazis sought to promote a kind of Christian faith called “positive Christianity”. This article challenges such perspectives. It establishes that “positive Christianity” had an existing meaning in German society before the Nazi Party was formed - dogmatic Christian faith — and demonstrates that this was the same interpretation of religious faith that Hitler appeared to advocate in Mein Kampf. By contrast to recent revisionist accounts, the paper argues that “positive Christianity” had such a wide variety of interpretations that it cannot be considered as a cohesive construct.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajph.12043
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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