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Koers (Online) vol.76 n.1 Pretoria  2011




The mythic foundation of National Socialism and the contemporary claim that the Nazis were Christians


Die mitiese grondslag van Nasionale Sosialisme en die kontemporêre bewering dat die Nazi's Christene was



I. Hexham

Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary Canada. E-mail:




This article examines the ideas of Alfred Rosenberg, the "chief ideologue" of German National Socialism. Its aim is to show that, contrary to the claims of a growing number of people encouraged by the so-called "new atheism", the Nazis held a coherent worldview that was vehemently anti-Christian. To deal with criticism of Christianity by these writers and speakers, it is necessary for Christians to become aware of the Nazi world-view and how deeply it was rooted in modern paganism.

Key concepts: anti-Christian propaganda, Nazism, neo-paganism, new atheism


Hierdie artikel ondersoek die idees van Alfred Rosenberg, die "hoof-ideoloog" van die Duitse Nasionale Sosialisme. Die doel van hierdie artikel is om aan te toon dat, in teenstelling met die bewerings van 'n groeiende aantal persone aangemoedig deur die sogenaamde "nuwe ateïsme", die Nazi's 'n samehangende wêreldbeskouing gehuldig het wat radikaal anti-Christelik was. Hierdie standpunt word verdedig. Ten einde hierdie skrywers en sprekers se kritiek teenoor die Christendom verantwoordelik te hanteer, moet Christene bewus wees van die Nazi-wêreld-beskouing en die diep verworteling daarvan in die moderne paganisme.

Kernbegrippe: anti-Christelike propaganda, Nazisme, neo-paganisme, nuwe ateïsme



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