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Modern Fascism: The Threat to the Judeo-Christian View
by Gene Edward Veith Jr. (Goodreads Author)
This book explores the fascist influences that continue to permeate modern culture and thought. Through a skillful combination of historical narrative, cultural criticism and theological analysis, the author demonstrates how fascism, perhaps unknowingly, affects our thinking. The author also offers guidance and hope for those shaken by ideological crosscurrents as he convi ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Concordia Publishing House
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Apr 11, 2015 Matthew rated it liked it · review of another edition
This is a very good book on the rise of German Fascism. I was expecting (hoping) that it would be more focused on fascism as it is alive today. The history and defining of fascism was what I found most helpful. I always assumed it was based on hyper-nationalism but found that it is more based on a rejection of transcendence with pagan roots, seeds of environmentalism and grounded in existentialism. I suppose one smarter than myself can make the connection from the environment of the early 20th c ...more
If you never quite understood what Fascism is (after all, Communism generally gets much more presence in history class), this book will take care of that deficiency. It will also take you, in scrupulous detail, through the attendant philosphies that follow in Fascism's train, complete with revealing quotes from its proponents. The greatest value of this little volume, however, is that it is also a cautionary tale for today. Throughout, Dr. Veith draws out the parallels between the Fascism of WWI ...more
Veith distinguishes modern monocultural fascism like the Nazis from the postmodern multi-cultural fascism of liberal states. He argues that both kinds of Fascists hate traditional Judaism and Christianity because they serve a transcendent God whose authority challenges state authority. Like fascists, pomos mock transcendence. The deconstruct power, especially God's power, in order to seize power. The seize individual power and replace God with the state in order to mold the masses in their image ...more
Not an easy read, but the argument built well as I progressed through the book. The author interweaves an impressive knowledge and understanding of history, theology, art and philosophy to demonstrate that fascism is not dead, but alive and well, having mutated or become largely unrecognised. Fascism is not only what labels itself as such, but it is that which shows itself to be such, through ideology, proclamation and behaviour.
This book is fantastic, but chilling. Veith draws together many threads of popular and scholastic culture, and even the arts and reveals a common current beneath them all, a stream that never really ran dry after World War 2 and has been building in strength and finding new channels in which to flow but carries the same demonic and destructive power as it ever did.
With his usual brilliance and knack for cultural commentary, Veith examines aspects of the fascist theory that gave rise to Nazism and their alarming prevalence in western culture during the 21st century and throughout the latter half of the 20th century.
Gene Edward Veith Jr., is the Culture Editor of WORLD MAGAZINE. He was formerly Professor of English at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he has also served as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. He is the author of numerous books, including Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals, and God ...moreMore about Gene Edward Veith Jr....