As I’ve been reading through Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer, I’ve been increasingly intrigued by the “mob mentality” that seemed to be sweeping through Germany shortly after Hitler was made Führer (a German concept for supreme leader). Hitler’s ambition was to eventually rid Germany of religion (i.e., Christianity), but some of his underlings formulated a plan to go from removing the church to replacing the church. How could the Nazi’s keep the “unity” of the people and yet increase the Nazi’s power over that people? Simple: restructure the church away from biblical Christianity and have it focus on Nazi principles.
Therefore, Alfred Rosenberg, the notorious Nazi war criminal who was later hanged at Nuremberg, came up with a 30 point program for the National Reich Church. Before we lay out the five that Metaxas lists in his biography, we need to understand more on Rosenberg.