Sunday, July 17, 2016
Was Hitler a Christian?
While reading an article published by an EWTN contributor,https://churchpop.com/2015/06/24/roman-exorcist-on-isis/, one of the readers left a comment that Hitler and the Nazi movement was "Christian". I knew this was wrong immediately and responded to the commentator that Hitler was not a christian but rather pagan. Then, I read this article published by Catholic Education who wrote a really good article regarding Hitler's belief system. It is really so good and worth reading:
Here is an excerpt that clearly defines their paradigm:
In his multi-volume history of the Third Reich, historian Richard Evans writes that "the Nazis regarded the churches as the strongest and toughest reservoirs of ideological opposition to the principles they believed in." Once Hitler and the Nazis came to power, they launched a ruthless drive to subdue and weaken the Christian churches in Germany. Evans points out that after 1937 the policies of Hitler's government became increasingly anti-religious.
The Nazis stopped celebrating Christmas, and the Hitler Youth recited a prayer thanking the Fuhrer rather than God for their blessings. Clergy regarded as "troublemakers" were ordered not to preach, hundreds of them were imprisoned, and many were simply murdered. Churches were under constant Gestapo surveillance. The Nazis closed religious schools, forced Christian organizations to disband, dismissed civil servants who were practicing Christians, confiscated church property, and censored religious newspapers. Poor Sam Harris cannot explain how an ideology that Hitler and his associates perceived as a repudiation of Christianity can be portrayed as a "culmination" of Christianity.