Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quotes and Excerpts from Dietrich Von Hildebran

~ "Better to be a beggar in freedom than to be forced into compromises against my conscience."~

~ "It is remarkable how deeply we can become trapped in our own inner world and how much this diminishes our ability, if we are not sufficiently prepared, to open ourselves to significant encounters, which are a gift from God."~

~ "Habit is a sort of beneficial adaptability in human beings that can make their lives more bearable, yet it is also a force that can diminish the spiritual alertness of a person, which is the foundation of all true moral and spiritual life. Under certain circumstances, it can even eliminate this alertness entirely."~

~"For in the long run anti-Semitism  always ends in anti-Christianism, as the development of the Nazi doctrine so abundantly proves. This connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Christianism is not accidental but is determined by an inner logic..." ~

~" Whoever habitually consorts with persons who are morally perverted in their basic outlook will, as a result of putting up with their attitude, slowly become poisoned himself, even if he had initially rejected it with indignation and never given it his approval in any way. If he does not "break" with the others, his initial indignation will soon subside and turn into a mere regret; he will become more and more desensitized by getting used to the base moral atmosphere they inhabit."~ (Excerpt from The Danger of Becoming Morally Blunted)

~"Finally Hitler's declaration denies the unity of human nature,  and thus also the community of mankind.Christianity does not merely teach the descent of all human beings from Adam and Eve, nor does the Church only teach that human persons constitute one family. Rather the tatality of all persons- all those who have ever lived, who are living now, and who are still to be born- from such a close community that it was possible for everyone to fall in Adam and Eve and for everyone to be redeemed and raised up in Christ. The unity of all human beings, the totality of mankind, is an indispensable presupposition of Christian doctrine." ~ (Excerpt from Ceterum Censeo...!)

~"The spirit of the age is characterized by disaffection with individualistic liberalism."~

~That only God can provide such satisfaction becomes most obvious when we consider that all human yearnings to be set free of error and perversion must, in the end, lead to Christ."~

My Review of "My Battle Against Hitler" by Dietrich Von Hildebrand

SYNOPSIS: How does a person become Hitler’s enemy number one? Not through espionage or violence, it turns out, but by striking fearlessly at the intellectual and spiritual roots of National Socialism.
Dietrich Von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his beloved countrymen.

In the light of current political tragedies involving the killing of Christians and the world's silent and apathetic response to it this book is truly stirring for concerned Christians who wonder "where will it end and what should I be doing?".
This book is very well written and fairly organized and I truly appreciate the profound philosophical ideas that were explicated in this book. I also found the second part of the book to be particularly interesting as will anyone who enjoys historical readings of actual history changing speeches given during this time era.
The only reason I only gave this book four stars instead of five is, although I understand he was a catholic philosopher I did find Hildebrands exclusionary catholic views tend to be restrictive concerning the issues he was addressing at times. I agree, no Catholic can justify with a clean conscience the atrocities of the NAZI party but then again neither should anyone who names the name of Christ, whether protestant or catholic.

* I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.*