HITLER’S CROSS by Erwin Lutzer

by JF

REVIEW: Disappointingly Superficial

A rather superficial look at Germany in the 1930′s and how the vast majority of Christian churches in that country welcomed and supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Given the tragic solemnity of this history, and the striking historical and contemporary evidence that Lutzer could have drawn upon to show that, indeed, exactly what happened in 1930s Nazi Germany is happening now in America, one would expect a book like this to be weightier, more intellectually robust. Instead, there is a dearth of specific examples to make the connection Lutzer is trying to make; and Lutzer fails to provide many specifics telling exactly how the Nazis conned Christians into joining their ranks. Lutzer glosses over much. Still, Lutzer does a fair job of providing historical details on the lives of the two heroic German pastors who did take a stand for Christ and against Hitler: Dietrich Boenhoeffer and Martin Neimoller. But mostly Lutzer generalizes too much: He could have–and should have–been more bold and specific about the comparisons between that time and place and this time and place because, let’s face it, the similarities are big and blatant and ugly, and Lutzer never effectively tells us why because he doesn’t include specifics.

Perhaps the biggest fault of this book is that Lutzer fails to distinguish much between Roman Catholicism and its harlot daughters as opposed to true Christianity. Oh, he makes note of the differences in Germany at the time, and gives a bit of statistics regarding how many belonged to which body vs. the other body, but again it is all superficialities. Never does Lutzer take a deeper look at who actually put Hitler into power, never does Lutzer offer anything to the reader about Pius XII, Franz Von Papen, et al, as is documented in more serious works such as Hitler’s Pope by the Roman catholic writer/researcher John Cornwell or the still better Behind the Dictators by L.H. Lehmann.

Finally, one thing Lutzer does give too many specifics about, that he really should not, is premillenial dispensationalism; Lutzer takes every opportunity to try foisting this dubious belief system on the unwary reader. No thanks, Erwin; been there, done that.
This book was a big disappointment.

Rating: Δ Δ
3/2008

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