Life’s Furor

Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress
by Richard Weikart
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
(254 pages, $79.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Joe Keysor

This book provides an invaluable antidote to fuzzy thinking about the Hitler-Darwin link and the Nazi dictator’s relation to Christianity. Neither an attack on Darwinism nor a defense of Christianity, it emphasizes that Hitler was neither a nihilist who delighted only in destruction, nor a cynical opportunist, but that he had a real system of ethics in which conventional evils became right, just, and good, if only they served the evolutionary advance of the human race.

Weikart does not “claim in this book to provide a complete explanation for Nazi ideology,” and he recognizes that there were significant ideological elements in Nazism that preceded Darwinism; but, relying on . . .

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Joe Keysor has been teaching English overseas since 1995—in China, Oman, and now at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has written two books on the subject of Hitler and Christianity (both published by Athanatos Christian Ministries): A Horror of Great Darkness: Hitler and the Third Reich in the Light of Biblical Teaching (2014) and Hitler, the Holocaust and the Bible: A Scriptural Analysis of Anti-Semitism, National Socialism, and the Churches in Nazi Germany (2010).

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