I also want to quote some things from the German philosophers around that time, their looking for genius (Fuehrer) and mythology. When I have time, but soon. These will be from a book by Karla Poewe, "New Religions and the Nazis". Some of this, seems to me to connect in cogent ways.
In the meantime, glancing at my favorite place to get irritated at, I see this outgrowth of the myth thinking. This is the Christmas message--believe it or not. What is it we are supposed to get out of it? Are we allowed to say anything definite about it? Did something actually happen? What am I supposed to glean?
It is very difficult not to impute into the very unassuming original story all the grand assumptions of our time. We don’t know what happened. We can’t rely on the texts for historical accuracy. Our minds gather all the accretions built up over the centuries and assign the magnificent edifice of these traditions to whatever happened in the first century. We don’t know what happened.
But something happened. The borrowed mythologies and hopes combined together with an event that is hopelessly buried in our own mythologies and hopes. But something happened that changed the way we perceive reality and That-Which-We-Call-God.