Hitler's Cross: The Revealing Story of How the Cross of Christ was Used as a symbol of the Nazi Agenda
I thought this would be a careful analysis of history, giving insight into Nazi ideology and the impact of this ideology on the Church in Germany. Instead the book is all over the place. It seeks to criticise US social policy and the separation of church and state but at the same time it warns against a marriage of church and state using German history to show how this led to the third reich.
What truly disturbs me in this book is the anti-gay rhetoric and the way it twists ...more
Erwin Lutzer, though not a historian, does a superb job explain history. The book is full of thought provoking (and scary), material as he compares Germany's slow fall to America's current decline. He also compares the fall of the German church to our church today.
The chilling factor remains: America is currently ripe for the taking. All it needs another "Adolph Hitler" though we probably will know him by; "Antichrist". ...more
One of the things I love about Pastor Lutzer's preaching and his writing is that he does not shy away from the truth. He doesn't mince words or try to make something easier to read, he says it how it is. It was fascinating and horrifying to see yet another side of Hitler and his Third Reich, ...more
1. Almost the entire book consists of assertions which are either unsourced or highly questionably sourced, including (e.g.) uncritical restatements of myths about occultism and Hitler that have been decades disproven.
2. The author makes repeated clumsy attempts to link Nazism with virtually every worldview other than evangelical ...more
Recommended Age: 16+ (maybe 15), for interest as well as some facts that are highly disturbing.
I was really excited to discover this book. I’ve been extremely interest in WWII and wanted to learn more about the history. When I opened and started reading it, I realized how in-depth and well-written it was. There was a lot of information that took a while for me to sift through, and there were many paragraphs that surprised me. I didn’t know how evil ...more
And its that excitement that wasn't disappointed with Lutzer's work.
Given the tragic solemnity of that historical context, most folks are unaware of the "Christian" roots of ...more
The parallels to what is currently happening in the United States are astoundingly similar, and the evangelical church ...more
This book and others like it are important because we must realize that historically the role of the church has been to be the conscience of the government and the society that they exist within, ...more
This book demands to be read slowly and with great thought and reflection.
This book certainly had some strong points. The information about Hitler’s corrupt spiritual practices was disturbing and interesting. There were some strong sections related to responding to God and recognizing Christ in others. Lutzer included some inspiring stories about Christians who lived courageously during the Holocaust. I also admitted the ...more
Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich, the SS, and all the things that Nazism did during the years of World War II will never cease to be a treasure trove of interesting information and horrifying details. The actions, behaviours, and thoughts of those leading the Nazi party were truly destructive on a massive scale. There is no way to capture how devastating their work was and still is.
But it wasn’t ...more
The cross of Christ and the cross of Hitler are two opposing beliefs that lead to World War II and the destruction of a people. Lutzer has written several books on Hitler and I am glad he has. Can history repeat itself? A resounding yes and it is because we are looking for a Savior. Just not the right one. The account also includes God's ...more
The German people were hungry and out of work in the collapsed economy of the Weimar Republic. They gave Hitler power because he had a plan to end the madness. What they didn’t see immediately was that his promises were lies. Right and wrong became whatever he decreed.
Why didn’t the church in Germany protest? Some people did. Over 700 pastors and priests ended up in concentration camps. After initial opposition, most stayed silent. Speaking out levied a high personal cost.
Churches in Europe are...more
“Deine Reich Komme,” Hitler prayed these words publicly- Thy Kingdom Come. But to whose kingdom was he referring? The answer to that question is the heart and soul of this book, as Lutzer examines the rabid hatred that Hitler and his National Socialist Party (NAZIS) had ...more
As an anthropologist with a background in history and research, Hitler's ...more
It made me ponder a lot on my own world view, and just where our country is going! I loved one thing the author says in the book. He reminds us that no political party should be leaned on, know political affiliation makes us a Christian. That we should always ...more
The first part of the book spends a lot of time looking at the Nazi's fascination with the occult and how it influenced the party and then the nation. This is one of the strongest portions of the book, as Lutzer focuses on the satanic inspiration behind the mayhem. I'm not totally convinced of this, as the ...more
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