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on 13 September 2012
This is a short polemical book published in 1945 by an intelligent schoolmaster in England seeking to understand the reasons for German and Hitler exceptionalism. According to the author and the late Dr. Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Luther prepared the way for Hitler. In several short chapters the author asserts that Luther did not reform Catholicism. He simply rejected it. This is shown in Luther's attitude to truth, the state, and to the Jewish people. Luther was a man of poor character. He drank too much; he had "three wives" but "no intention whatsoever to marry". He encouraged worship of the state and the oppression of the poor. It is this rejection of a thousand years of Christianity that eventually called forth the Nazis and Hitler.

I found the argument of the book convincing though there does exist a rebuttal 'Martin Luther: Hitler's cause or cure?' by E. Gordon Rupp, which I have yet to read.
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