Was Hitler a Christian?

by Matt Slick

Was Adolf Hitler a Christian?  No, he was not. Still, some say he was because there are quotes where he supports Christianity. Yes, that is true because he was attempting to rise politically. Germany at the time was Christian by tradition, and he would not have been able to be elected into power by denouncing it. So, it was not until after he was in power that he showed his true colors and denounced not only the Jews but Christianity as well.

These quotes are taken from the book Hitler's Table Talk, 1941-1944, His Private Conversations by Gerhard L. Weinberg, Translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens, Enigma Books, 2008.  They are what Hitler thought about Christianity.

  1. "Christianity was the first creed in the world to exterminate its adversaries in the name of love. Its keynote is intolerance."  (p. 8), July 11-12-1941.
  2. "The Slav peoples are not destined to live a cleanly life. They know it, and we would be wrong to persuade them of the contrary. It was we who, in 1918, created the Baltic countries and the Ukraine. But nowadays we have no interest in maintaining Baltic States, any more than in creating an independent Ukraine. We must likewise prevent them from returning to Christianity. That would be a grave fault, for it would be giving them a form of organization." (p. 28). September 17, 1941
  3. "Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure." (p. 41). October 10, 1941
  4. "So it’s not opportune to hurl ourselves now into a struggle with the Churches. The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death. A slow death has something comforting about it." (p. 48). October 14, 1941
  5. "Christianity, of course, has reached the peak of absurdity in this respect. And that’s why one day its structure will collapse. Science has already impregnated humanity. Consequently, the more Christianity clings to its dogmas, the quicker it will decline." (p. 48). October 14, 1941
  6. "Science cannot lie, for it’s always striving, according to the momentary state of knowledge, to deduce what is true. When it makes a mistake, it does so in good faith. It’s Christianity that’s the liar. It’s in perpetual conflict with itself." (p. 49). October 14, 1941
  7. "The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity." (p. 60). October 19, 1941
  8. "The decisive falsification of Jesus’s doctrine was the work of St. Paul. He gave himself to this work with subtlety and for purposes of personal exploitation." (p. 60). October 21, 1941
  9. "A system of metaphysics that is drawn from Christianity and founded on outmoded notions does not correspond to the level of modern knowledge." (p. 96). November 11, 1941
  10. "The man of the isles pays homage to the forces of nature. But Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless, nor any more indecent way of turning the idea of the Godhead into a mockery." (p. 111). December 13, 1941
  11. "Pure Christianity— the Christianity of the catacombs— is concerned with translating the Christian doctrine into facts. It leads quite simply to the annihilation of mankind." (p. 112). December 14, 1941
  12. "If a revolution breaks out again in Spain, one must see in it the natural reaction to an interminable series of atrocities. One cannot succeed in conceiving how much cruelty, ignominy and falsehood the intrusion of Christianity has spelt for this world of ours." (p. 219). February 3-4, 1942
  13. "The Jew [Paul the Apostle] who fraudulently introduced Christianity into the ancient world— in order to ruin it— reopened the same breach in modern times, this time taking as his pretext the social question. It’s the same sleight of hand as before. Just as Saul was changed into St. Paul, Mordechai became Karl Marx." (p. 238). February 17, 1942
  14. "It took fourteen centuries for Christianity to reach the peak of savagery and stupidity." (p. 238).
  15. "Man seizes hold, here and there, of a few scraps of truth, but he couldn’t rule nature. He must know that, on the contrary, he is dependent on Creation. And this attitude leads further than the superstitions maintained by the Church. Christianity is the worst of the regressions that mankind can ever have undergone, and it’s the Jew who, thanks to this diabolic invention, has thrown him back fifteen centuries." (p. 244). February 20-21, 1942
  16. "The priests of antiquity were closer to nature, and they sought modestly for the meaning of things. Instead of that, Christianity promulgates its inconsistent dogmas and imposes them by force. Such a religion carries within it intolerance and persecution. It’s the bloodiest conceivable." (p. 244). February 20-21, 1942
  17. "Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity.. It will last another hundred years, two hundred years perhaps." (p. 260). February 27, 1942
  18. "The fact that the Japanese have retained their political philosophy, which is one of the essential reasons for their successes, is due to their having been saved in time from the views of Christianity.." (p. 297). April 4, 1942
  19. "There is something very unhealthy about Christianity." (p. 315). April 9, 1942
  20. "The most pressing danger, as I see it, is that Christianity, by adhering to a conception of the Beyond which is constantly exposed to the attacks of unceasing progress, and by binding it so closely to many of the trivialities of life which may at any moment collapse, is ripening mankind for conversion to materialistic Bolshevism.. And that is a terrible tragedy." (p. 458). August 1, 1942
  21. "The religion fabricated by Paul of Tarsus, which was later called Christianity, is nothing but the Communism of today.." (p. 548). November 29-30, 1944

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.