‘students are only motivated to learn things that are important and meaningful to them’

Biggs, J. (1995). Motivating learning. In J. Biggs & D. Watkins (Eds.), Classroom learning (pp. 82-102). Singapore: Prentice Hall.  

How do you make stuff you don’t want to learn relevant and meaningful to you?

Hitler Joins Pantheon of Famous Christians

When I think of the Christian faith I think of the greats like the Apostle Paul, Peter and Mary. Billy Graham is somewhere on the list as is C.S. Lewis and Martin Luther King. But, now atheists would like to place Hitler on the list of great Christian apologists. 

Of course this is ridiculous on its face but let’s play along for just a minute. For the premise to hold any water at all, you have to accept two things.  First, that you could take the words in speeches and in the ramblings of Mein Kampf as true to his beliefs and also that a Catholic baptismal and confirmation certificates has meaning to Hitler as an adult. Let’s dispense with the later first. 

Hitler was born in 1889 to a strict government employee and an education was expected. His father controlled young Hitler’s life until 1903 when Hitler’s old man died. Adolph continued in school but dropped out by 1905. When you look at actual schools and time periods you find that starting in 1895 he attended a government school in Fischlham (something some neglect to mention). He continued there until 1897. His family moved to Leonding in 1898 to 1905 for again state run grammar and grade school then dropped out. His supposed Catholic education was crammed between Fischlham and Leonding government schools in the Lambach Monastery or only 6 months of young Adolph’s life! 

Further, biographer John Toland in his seminal work Hitler (1997 Ed; pp. 18) said at Hitlers confirmation ceremony that Hitler’s confirmation sponsor said he nearly had to “drag the words out of him… almost as though the whole confirmation was repugnant to him”. 

Lastly, Hitler loved Catholic school so much that he forced the shut down of all Catholic schools in 1939 and the Catholic press in 1941???? How do people miss this fact (unless they are wanting to deceive)? 

To sum up he attended very little Catholic school, didn’t even want to be confirmed and when able, closed Catholic schools in all of Germany.

As any practicing Christian can tell you, actions in accordance with the Christian faith are paramount to any words spoken. The Bible tell Christians to watch out for deceivers and that we are to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing  and that “You will know them by their fruits.”  In other words what a person says or what they write is not a proof of the Christian faith but, how they live their lives. Hitler’s life was antithetical to a Christian life. Therefore he was no Christian. This is despite what grade school he attended (for 6 months) and the presence of a finely printed parchment. Much has been made of his religious up bringing, but in context to his whole life religion has little to do with Hitler.  

So then we are left with just words. Powerful as they may be, they were public words of a madman and a politician. The speeches and even Mein Kampf have been discredited as nothing more than pure propaganda, hyperbole and the ramblings of a sociopath. To somehow equate this to a deep religious faith is disingenuous to say the least. He was speaking to a Christian audience for affect and nothing more. Remember about a third of all Germans were in fact Catholic prior to World War II. What holds more weight is private conversations such as you will find in Hitler’s Table Talk. In that work, Hitler is credited with the following statements:  

“The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.” pg 7 

“…the only way of getting rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little.” pg 61
“It’s Christianity that’s the liar. It’s in perpetual conflict with itself.” pg 61
“In the long run, National Socialism and religion will no longer be able to exist together.” pg 6
“Kerrl, with the noblest of intentions, wanted to attempt a synthesis between National Socialism and Christianity. I don’t believe the thing’s possible, and I see the obstacle in Christianity itself.” pg 145
“As far as we are concerned, we’ve succeeded in chasing the Jews from our midst and excluding Christianity from our political life.” pg 394
“There is something very unhealthy about Christianity.” pg 418

There are many other quotes in the book and I would recommend reading it to become more knowledgeable. It clearly shows that Hitler was no Christian at all just a deceiver.

In fact, for an interesting twist, Hitler was more attracted to militant Islam and the expansionist dogma of Muhammad and viewed Christianity as weakness. This is evidenced by the writings of Albert Speer, Hitler’s Minister of Armaments and War Production. He wrote that Hitler privately told him, “The Mohammedan religion … would have been much more compatible to us [Germans] than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” (Speer, Albert. Inside the Third Reich (New York: Avon, 1971, p. 734).

Lastly, those that push the insane narrative of Hitler’s faith are usually atheist; the very same atheists that will not take speeches as evidence of the Christianity of the founders of the US. Yet they site those in Hitler’s case all the time. Why the double standard? Because they are not interested in facts and reasonable conclusions. They are interested in defaming the Christian faith anyway they can, even if it means leaving out facts or drawing completely nonsensical conclusions, yet the lie continues to propagate that Hitler was a Christian. Hitler was no Graham, no Lewis and no Luther. He was evil incarnate and not a faithful Catholic. Just for complete disclosure…I am not Catholic either. 

Second, instead of the state and nation being real essentialized objects, feminist theories tend to explore them as relational entities that need to be perpetually reproduced through discourses, practices, or material circuits. Feminist scholars explore the power relations behind these constructions, the femininities and masculinities they rely on and reproduce, and their differentiated gender impacts. State processes, policies, institutions, discourses, practices, and norms are shown to be gendered and gendering and constitutive of gender orders. States and nations are also racialized and sexualized in that they use norms around heterosexuality to reproduce the state and nation.
—  Johanna Kantola, “State/Nation,” in Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, ed. Disch and Hawkesworth, pp. 915-6 
L'istinto di sopravvivenza non s'impara. Viene da sé. Altrimenti nelle università avrebbero già aperto un corso d'istinto.
—  Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Tram 83, Nottetempo, 2015 (traduzione di Camilla Diez; 1ª ed.ne Francia 2014); pp. 11-12

Loki is all the time inside the play and outside the play: he is the cheat who is playing with the rules of the game. In doing so he connects the different levels of reality and guards the correct direction of the cosmic order: magic goods move from giants to Aesir, women from giants to Vanir, the deceased do not return and their descendants conclude marriages to continue life.

He can only maintain this order by breaking its rules: transforming himself into an animal or a woman, delivering goddesses to giants, betraying and insulting the gods. His devious tricks ensure the apparent victory of the gods over the giants, and he procures the magic goods from which they derive their power: the spear Gugnir of Odin, the hammer Mjollnir of Thor.

But ultimately he is responsible for their downfall and the great battle which marks the end of the old world and the beginning of the new one, He is never in control of the game, but always the most devious player within the game.


JG Oosten, The Games of Gods and Man. Essays in Play and Performance, Klaus Peter Koepping (ed) pp 148-149.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Loki-is-the-Devil arseholes. And his one eyed playmate is just as bloody bad.

( lokiwtf - this feels like it might be relevant for you)