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.
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.