But the authority of the Führer was submitted to nothing. It was self-derived and autocratic, and therefore had a messianic aspect.
Note: Interesting point about leadership that is not under authority as well as in authority.
But the other piece of this puzzle has to do with the confusion that inevitably arises when the Christian faith becomes too closely related to a cultural or national identity. For many Germans, their national identity had become so melted together with whatever Lutheran Christian faith they had that it was impossible to see either clearly. After four hundred years of taking for granted that all Germans were Lutheran Christians, no one really knew what Christianity was anymore.
Note: too much alighnment of church and state? is this happening in the american christian right?
If you board the wrong train it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction. —DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
Note: memories of the move
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak for me.
Note: niemoller