Was Hitler A Christian?
Posted by madcap on February 13, 2008
The short answer is no, Hitler thought Christianity to be an “absurdity.” But, Darwinism did indeed find a home in the thinking of the Nazis. Eric Voegelin describes Hitler as mixing the thoughts of Heraclitus with those of Social Darwinism, even though the ideas are in conflict. From Voegelin:
“Now the absurdities a Hitler struggles with here, and which continually arise in the debate on such questions-even among very famous men-are not new. Rather it is a problem that Plato treated fully in the dialogue on the sophists, the Gorgias, where he also deals with the representatives of the right of the stronger.” Voegelin, Hitler and the Germans, p. 146
Albert Einstein“Being a lover of freedom, when the (Nazi) revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks…
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”
Arthur C. Cochrane, The Church’s Confession under Hitler (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1962), pp.40, 108,
“You see, 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?”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich,p. 115
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“The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science… All that is left is to prove that in nature there is no frontier between the organic and the inorganic.[so,final reduction to the material basis.] When understanding of the universe[as something caused materially.] has become widespread, when the majority of men know that the stars are not sources of light, but worlds, perhaps inhabited worlds like ours, the the Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity. The man who lives in communion with nature necessarily finds himself in opposition to the Churches, and that’s why they’re heading for ruin-for science is bound to win.” Voegelin, Hitler and the Germans, pp.124-125
In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote:
“Everyone who believes in the higher evolution of living organisms must admit that every manifestation of the vital urge and struggle to live must have had a definite beginning in time and that one subject alone must have manifested it for the first time. It was then repeated again and again; and the practice of it spread over a widening area, until finally it passed into the subconscious of every member of the species, where it manifested itself as instinct.”
Hitler found in Darwin the scientific justification for the extermination of the Jews. He did not find it in Christianity, for he found that the, “heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.” From Table Talk, night of July 11-12, 1941, pp. 6-7
Hitler’s Public Propaganda
The following quote is often used to claim that Hitler was a Christian. In light of all the evidence it is obvious that statements such as these are far more rethoric than an embrace of Christian teaching.
“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 only 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 in 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…. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited.
-Adolf Hitler, in his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922