National socialism as a political religion: Potentials and limits of an analytical concept

@article{Vondung2005NationalSA,
  title={National socialism as a political religion: Potentials and limits of an analytical concept},
  author={Klaus Vondung},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={87 - 95}
}
  • Klaus Vondung
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
In this paper, I test the analytical value and pertinence of the concept of political religion with respect to National Socialism in three steps: (1) I point out the religious’ elements in the area of organisation and cult, and I show that the Nazi festivals and ceremonies provided ritual forms for confessions of faith. (2) Following Eric Voegelin, I maintain that the ‘articles of faith’ that were presented in the Nazi cult can be understood as the manifestation of an existential core of… 

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