Was Hitler an atheist? Is the Pope Hindu? (See what I did there?)

So one of the more common claims among people who attempt to prove that without God you can’t have morals, is that Hitler was an atheist and that he killed people out of his lack of morals. I will agree with one thing, he had no morals but it is a falsehood to say he was an atheist. So let’s examine how we know he was an Christian.
First I must give some details on Hitler. When Hitler was a young man he wanted to become a priest yet he never really was a Church goer. He was baptized into Roman Catholicism, thought the Bible was the book of human history and he was never excommunicated thus dying a Catholic. In his book Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote;
“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”
and in a public speech on April 12, 1922 he said;
“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.”
So that’s all fine and dandy yet the more persistent of people who preach Hitler’s atheism will say that the speech where he references Jesus was merely to appeal to the public. Even if we go with that assertion we can still tell that by the quote in his book where he references “the creator” and “the lord” that he was no atheist. If he was an atheist he wouldn’t talk of a creator or lord seeing as that would just not be his belief. So the claim that he had no religion is, without a doubt, a fabrication.

http://www.nobeliefs.com/Hitler1.htm

Sorry I haven’t written anything in a while, my mind has been rather barren but I hope to get back to some regular posts soon.

~~Peter «▼»

10 comments

  1. Hitler had morals albeit most were horrible. He liked paintings and invested a lot into keeping “true german” art work safe. He also wanted to help science (though he used countless numbers of test subjects all from concentration camps to do it). Moral- keep pure alive and “mutts” dead. One hilarious moral of the german troops was to never arrest anyone who was having sex. So, jewish men and foreign soldiers went around and slept with numerous prostitutes. Thus they were safe from nazi’s but also made people aware of STD’s. Oh history, you are a bitch.

  2. You are correct in fact. I did contradict myself seeing as in my previous post I stated he did have morals. Kudos for finding it. But I still shall make a comment none the less. He didn’t have morals by our standards. Because morals are not objective it would seem to us he didn’t have morals when in fact he did. So basically it is all in the mind of the beholder.

  3. How do Hitler’s statements in Mein Kampf negate the idea that he wasn’t using Christianity as a tool to appeal to the public? Mein Kampf was a public book written with the intent for it to be read by the public, just as his speeches were delivered to the public. If it were a private diary written for himself and not as propaganda, that argument might have some merit. It’s a bit of a stretch to assume that Hitler would always be 100% truthful to the public, when I don’t think honesty was exactly high on his list of political objectives. I’m not arguing that he was an atheist, I’m just arguing that you have in no way proved that he was in fact a Christian in the course of your argument. One can be religious without being a Christian.

  4. That is true that he can be religious without being a Christian. The point of this post was to show that he was not an atheist. Sure he COULD have used religion as a selling point but even if he had been an atheist he wouldn’t pretend to believe just to get people to follow him. He had amazing persuasion skills and most likely could have still incited the Nazis even if he was openly an atheist. Just as another added thing, this will only show his deism at the least, on the Nazi belt buckles the words “Gott Mit Uns” were inscribed. Translated they say, “God with us”. The point of this post was not to prove he was a Christian, just to show the he was not an atheist.

  5. “So let’s examine how we know he was an Christian.” If the sole point of your post was to prove he wasn’t an atheist, you didn’t make it very clear, but I understand your main point. Still, on what are you basing the claim that he wouldn’t pretend to believe in order to increase his following? He MAY have been able to do it without pretending, but if pretending generally made him more likable, why wouldn’t he? It was a part of his public persona, just as the Nazi belt buckles would contribute to overall public appearance.

  6. The quote you took though was after I disagreed he was an atheist and went on to show how he was a Christian. And the title of the post clearly implies the meaning saying “Was Hitler an atheist? Is the Pope Hindu?” is basically saying Hitler was not an atheist…
    The only other argument that I can make is that he a) never denounced Christianity, b) encouraged Nazis in private to go to Christian Churches c) His early notes show interest in the Bible d) He allowed people to destroy Jewish temples (obviously) but never Churches e) He was baptized a Catholic and he died a Catholic.
    He also his expressed his positive views towards Christianity well after his rise to power which, if he used it only as a means of gaining power, would be useless.

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