Second World War

Hitler and Christianity

I sometimes hear people say that Adolf Hitler was a Christian.  Therefore, the atrocities of Nazi Germany are another example of the evils of Christianity.  But is it true that Hitler and the rest of the Nazi leadership were Christians?  Here are some things to think about:

“It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion.  Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good?  The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity.  Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness.” – Adolf Hitler

“The Fuehrer spoke very derogatorily about the arrogance of the higher and lower clergy.  The insanity of the Christian doctrine of redemption really doesn’t fit at all into our time.” – Joseph Goebbels

For a very informative look at the Nazi attitude toward the church, see Eric Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer, pp. 165-75.

Second World War

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