For years it has been debated whether Adolf Hitler was a Christian, atheist or Pagan. I briefly jumped into the fray in the “Introduction” to my book The Christ Conspiracy (2-4), in which I related that Hitler proclaimed himself a “Christian” and fighter for “his Lord and Savior,” using the famous temple scene wit Jesus driving out the “brood of vipers and adders” as a motivation for his deeds. Said Hitler:
It is of no matter whether or not the individual Jew is decent. He possesses certain characteristics given to him by nature, and he can never rid himself of those characteristics. The Jew is harmful to us… My feeling as a Christian leads me to be a fighter for my Lord and Saviour. It leads me to the man who, at one time lonely and with only a few followers, recognized the Jews for what they were, and called on me to fight against them… As a Christian, I owe something to my own people.
Here is the full quote by Hitler citing the temple scourging by Jesus:
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 against the Jewish poison. Today, 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.
I subsequently went on to say that it is obviously debatable whether or not Hitler could be considered a “true Christian” (as he also allegedly made statements critical of Christianity), and I made mention – in one short sentence – of the debate concerning his alleged Jewish roots as well. Needless to say, that one sentence – which erroneously related the debate as centering around his paternal grandmother, rather than his grandfather, but which also contained the word “allegedly“- has been used by frantic and hysterical individuals to debunk my entire thesis, even though not one whit of my work depends on Hitler’s purported Jewish background. His avowed Christianity, however, is confirmed by several other statements, such as remarks in Mein Kampf concerning “the Lord,” e.g.:
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.
Hitler also declared in a proclamation to the German people in 1933:
The national government…will extend its firm protection to Christianity as the basis of our moral system…
In any event, in The Gospel According to Acharya S I also discuss the purported “atheism” of Hitler, Stalin and many others during that period, pointing out Stalin’s very religious, Christian upbringing as a possible source of his violent nature. With all of his talk about the Lord and God – such as is epitomized in the Nazi slogan, “Gott mit uns” – it is unscientific to deem Hitler an “atheist.”
In addition, at the same time as he was embracing Catholicism, Hitler was rejecting Paganism, as in this quote:
It seems to me that nothing would be more foolish than to re-establish the worship of Wotan. Our old mythology had ceased to be viable when Christianity implanted itself. Nothing dies unless it is moribund.
Much is made of Hitler’s purported mysticism, such as his alleged pursuit of divine items like the Ark of the Covenant and Spear of Longinus/Destiny. Yet, if indeed Hitler was interested in these objects because of their purported supernatural powers, his belief in them would serve entirely to confirm his conviction as a believing Christian! No atheist would believe these absurd tales, and it is unlikely that any real Pagan would find it a life’s passion to pursue Judeo-Christian artifacts, since the Pagan world had its own holy relics.
Moreover, Hitler’s Christian bias became clear in a speech he gave in Passau on October 27, 1928, according to Cambridge University historian Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall, in The Holy Reich (60-61). At that time, Hitler stated:
…We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.
— Religion and History (@AcharyaS) January 1, 2014