Every creationist sooner or later claims that Darwin’s theory of evolution was the justification for Hitler’s atrocities. We’ve written about this nonsense several times — see Hitler and Darwin. We’ve also pointed out that unlike Hitler — who was a high school dropout — his most ardent adversary actually read Darwin’s Origin of Species — see Hitler, Darwin, and … Winston Churchill?
Now we’ve come across even more evidence debunking the deranged creationist claim that Hitler relied on Darwin’s theory. It’s an article in The Spectator, a weekly British conservative magazine published in London, titled Did Hitler’s obsession with the occult lose him the war?
The article is a review of Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich (Amazon listing), written by Eric Kurlander. Wikipedia says: “Eric Kurlander (born January 1973) is professor of history at Stetson University. He received his BA from Bowdoin College, and his MA and PhD from Harvard University. Kurlander is a specialist in modern German history and particularly of the Nazi era about which he has written three books.”
Here are some excerpts from The Spectator article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
When he came to power Hitler had a dowser scour the Reich Chancellery for cancerous ‘death rays’. Before flying to Scotland Rudolf Hess had his horoscope drawn up by a personal astrologer. Himmler backed research on the Holy Grail and medieval devil worship (‘Luciferism’) and sent an SS expedition by the explorer Dr Ernst Schafer to Tibet in 1938 to investigate the ancient Indo-German ‘Aryan’ origins of Buddhism. … Goebbles sat up late at night reading the prophecies of Nostradamus, which he revealed to an enthusiastic Führer as evidence that the British were soon to be defeated.
That’s only the beginning. There’s so much more that we can only give you a few excerpts, such as:
The British had ASDIC or radar to find German U-boats: the German Navy had the Pendulum Dowsing Institute in Berlin. Here, over a large map of the Atlantic, a one-inch model battleship was moved about, as an expert in pendulum-dowsing swung a metal diviner on string above the map, watched by fascinated German admirals. If the pendulum dowser ‘reacted’ over the toy ship this indicated a genuine British battleship in the vicinity. The Germans had convinced themselves that the British were finding U-boats by pendulum dowsing.
Here’s the part that pertains to the creationists’ Hitler-Darwin claim:
Central to the Nazis’ mystical beliefs was World Ice Theory, propounded in the 1912 book Glacial Cosmogony by Hanns Hörbiger. This held that white ‘Aryan’ man was not descended from the apes, as were other inferior races, but rather came from ‘divine sperma’ brought to earth by meteors. These developed into the godlike Supermen of the ancient civilisation of Atlantis-Thule which employed parapsychology and mystical electricity ‘like Thor’s hammer’. … The white Supermen were locked in a struggle for mastery with the ape-like ‘Tschandala’ or ‘monstrous humanoids’ — Jews, Slavs, blacks and ‘mongrel breeds’.
This is the best part:
This overtly racist worldview was believed in by Hitler, Hess, Himmler and other senior Nazis. … Himmler tried to get World Ice Theory taught instead of Darwinian evolution in German universities.
We’ll skip most of the rest, because you’re probably going to read it for yourself. Here’s one more excerpt:
Deeply researched, convincingly authenticated, this extraordinary study of the magical and supernatural at the highest levels of Nazi Germany will astonish — and provide scholars and the general reader with much food for thought.
Will this stop creationists from claiming that Darwin was responsible for Hitler’s madness? No, of course not. You can’t reason a creationist out of his crazy beliefs. As for professional creationists — those who make a living promoting nonsense to their drooling followers — they’ll never acknowledge that they were wrong about anything. Nevertheless it’s good to have a solid rebuttal handy.
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