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Hitler's Cross: The Revealing Story of How the Cross of Christ was Used as a symbol of the Nazi Agenda

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Six million Jews...dead. The monstrosity of Adolph Hitler's 'Third Reich' remains a stunning chapter in the pages of history. Although the power by which he hypnotized an entire nation is legendary, one question in particular begs an answer: Where was the church of Christ? Seduced by the Satanic majesty of The Fuhrer, church leaders throughout Germany allowed the Swastika ...more
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Published June 1st 1998 by Moody Publishers (first published 1995)
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Poor scholarship!!

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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thorough, honest and sobering look back at Germany and the church leading up to Hitler. Good starting point for serious study on the subject. Great quotes, good inquiry and honest conclusions--- mainly, though there were many heroes, many in the church sinned in either supporting Hitler or not defending the Jews ( Jesus brethren after the flesh ) . This book will not remain far out of reach on my bookshelf. The message here is clear - the Church is called to love the Jews.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading this a third time, the message is come across more powerful.
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".
Jesseca Wheaton
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like Ravi Zacharias's books, this took me a little while to read. While it's not a super long book, there is so much packed into the pages that it takes me quite a bit longer to read and understand it all.
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,
Greg Fanoe
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
There is some good content in here, and the story of the church in Nazi Germany is an interesting one. All the good content is more than buried by 3 problems:

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
Chloe (aka Crystal)
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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
Zoe Schoppa
Hitler’s Cross is fascinating, enlightening, and downright terrifying. It is a book that I was meant to read. Erwin W. Lutzer covers an extremely dark subject matter in a clear, concise, and compassionate manner. I believe that the state of humanity is such that burying or hiding from our history is dangerous. Instead, truthful evaluation and personal introspection are imperative in order to avoid repetition of humankind’s greatest atrocities. We must not forget the atrocities committed nor can ...more
Erwin Lutzer's Hitler's Cross: How the Cross was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda was a book I was excited to read. As a Bonhoeffer scholar, I'm always excited to see critical historical and theological analyses how how Nazi Germany arose, in its context, and perverted the Christian faith for its own nationalistic ends.

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
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erwin W. Lutzer traces the path of how the church in Germany forgot or put aside its mission and was largely silent about Nazi excesses and Hitler's ultimate take over of both church and state. He profiles Hitler's rise to power along with Hitler's involvement in the occult, as well as the German nation's willingness to accept Hitler as their leader because of German nationalism.

The parallels to what is currently happening in the United States are astoundingly similar, and the evangelical church
Russell Threet
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The new edition of this book is being released at the right time. While I am not prepared to assert that America is turning into Nazi Germany, it would be hard not to see parallels in the way that some branches of Christianity are succumbing to the will of the state despite their knowledge of Scripture.
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,
Josh Wilson
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is about 60% history and 38% theology (and 2% pictures). It was hard to put down. I think Erwin Lutzer does a pretty good job interpreting the past for us. It is not a mud-slinging contest aimed at the German church, but it is unflinching in its critique where it should be. Though this was written in the 90s, it's hard not to see the church in America as facing similar decisions with regard to its political leadership. Lutzer would say (I think rightly) that the church needs to be ...more
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the initial history lesson. It was good for a few chapters and then the author's brain flies off to lala land. How marvelously retarded and how utterly disrespectful. The people who lived and died under Nazi oppression deserve to have their stories told in a factual light, not through some supernatural rationalization. It's incomprehensible to me how anyone could agree that those who survived were the chosen "wheat," while those who died were merely "chaff." To think that this rubbish ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is required reading in my Son's AP European History class, so I decided to read it. It is a good warning against allowing the Church to get co-opted by political ideas. It documents how much of the German Church stood by and ignored the Holocaust, in describing how one Congregation would sing louder as the train taking Jews to the death camps rolled by..sad! However it also documents many Hero's courageous men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer who stood against the tide. It is an excellent read and ...more
Jeanne Dennis
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in its first edition. Fantastic book. The similarities to today will shock you. I see it's out in a new edition. I think everyone should read it. If you have a high schooler, have him or her read it as a good background for civics and history. Even if the schools are watering down and revising history, you can and must give your kids the truth. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Sara Campbell
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book about how Hitler gained control over Germany using psychological and religious manipulation. Enjoyed the book a lot, however, I am giving it 4 stars because I was annoyed by the lack of proper comma usage. It made the book hard to read/comprehend at times but that's just me. Still a good and fascinating read.
Mar 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sam Ennis
I've always had a strange fascination with the Third Reich. During my senior year of high school, I wrote my IB history thesis on the effects of Nazi propaganda on the masses in Germany during WWII. This is one of the books that I read for my research. It provides not only a broad overview of the Nazi reign, but paints a brilliant picture of the dogmatic figure who was Adolf Hitler.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing historical information. Heartfelt reflection on the church, state, and the cross. Intriguing correlations between Germany then and America today.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The lampstead in the German church was, for the most part, wrested from its setting when the Cross before which all men should bow was exchanged for the cross which proud men marched". Hitler saw himself as the new messiah and would not have any gods worshiped before him and his cross, the swastika.

This book demands to be read slowly and with great thought and reflection.

Mazzou B
This book is all I expected it to be, and more. A weighty work by Erwin Lutzer, it brings to light the evil belief system which drove Hitler as well as some of his predecessors and followers in their walk of sin. Although I knew the basics for Hitler's hatred of the Jews and Christians, and had studied his life somewhat about ten years ago, I had much more to learn. How he was rooted in occultism, loved Hinduism, believed in the caste system, set himself up as the fulfillment of Christ, ...more
Kate Hendrick
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
While this book certainly had some strong points and was an interesting topic, it was full of theological errors and poor writing.

The Positives
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
Reg Rivett
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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““History has to repeat itself,” said Woody Allen, “because nobody was listening the first time around.””

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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At the Cross all narcissism ends; all attempts to impress God cease, and optimism about mankind's ability to build a better world on its own vanishes.

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
Terri Wangard
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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

Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Erwin Lutzer lays out the fascinating and seldom examined story of Nazi Germany’s paradoxical attempt to use the Church to overthrow Christianity in his book Hitler’s Cross: How the cross was used to promote the Nazi agenda.

“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
Rebekah Gyger
I believe that a better title for this book would have been Hitler's Cross: How the Cross was Replaced with the Nazi Agenda, as that is what this book is truly about. Through much of the book, Lutzer discusses how Hitler was able to turn people away from the truths of Christ to those the Nazi regime instated. Other chapters detail the history of Hitler before the war as well as the fate of Christians who apposed him during.

As an anthropologist with a background in history and research, Hitler's
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-books
As disturbing as this book was, I could NOT put it down. I just re-read this book and found it even more current than when I first read it in 2008. Lutzer's chronicling of the Nazi's rise to power and Hitler's attempt to co-opt the cross was incredibly fascinating. When Hitler first came to power, he began trying to work WITH the church and the church leaders, making them believe he wanted to bring the church alongside him in his rise to power. The cross was superimposed into the middle of the ...more
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Vicki Andrada
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a profound affect on me! I learned a lot that I did not know about Hitler and his regime. For an example how he was involved with the occult, this I was not aware of and to the extent he was involved in it, he and his henchmen!

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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While Lutzer is a pastor, not an historian, he does a good job of telling the story of the rise of Naziism, Hitler, the decline of the church, and then the church's complicity with Hitler.

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
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erwin Lutzer steps the reader of this book through the over taking of the nation of Germany by Hitler and his Nazi party. Furthermore, he explains how the Church of Germany greatly failed in their faith by eagerly following this mad-man by ignoring the scriptures, and rationalizing every move Hitler made by saying it was going to be good for the nation. The church even went so far as to superimpose the Cross of Christ on the swastika and displaying them in their churches. Thus the name of the ...more
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Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die". He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including ...more
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