Many people mistakenly think that Adolf Hitler was either anti-religious or an atheist. This is in fact untrue. Hitler saw himself as doing God's work, was inspired by Martin Luther (the father of the protestant reformation), and was in constant contact with the Catholic Church.
Apologists make these claims about Hitler:
- Hitler was an atheist
- Hitler shows that atheism and secularism are dangerous
- Hitler persecuted Christians
Hitler was an atheist
Hitler was not an atheist. Hitler said in his famous book, Mein Kampf, that he was doing the work of God:
- "I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews. I am doing the Lord's work."
And in 1938, Hitler declared, "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so." Hitler also drew much of his inspiration and anti-Semitic hate from the works of the protestant reformer Martin Luther.
Hitler shows that atheism and secularism are dangerous
Hitler's Nazi Germany was anything but secular. Hitler championed religious indoctrination in public schools, negotiated a treaty with the Vatican in which German tax money went to the church, and made special protection for Catholic churches and priests, which were de facto applied to German protestant churches and ministers, as well.
- "Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith. . . we need believing people."