A retrospective: Adolf Hitler

Adolphus Hitler (1889 – 1945)

Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 at Braunau am Inn in Austria at the German border. He was christened Adolphus Hitler & was baptised in a Roman Catholic Church.

Adolf Hitler

Hitler tried to get into the Academy of Arts in Vienna due to his dreams of being a painter. He failed the exam and started to paint watercolours of Vienna to earn enough money to move to Munich in 1913.

Hitler found himself interested in politics from a young age and paid particular interest to German racist nationalism propagated by politician Georg von Schönerer.

It wasn’t until the outbreak of the Great War (World War one) that he found his purpose in life.

In 1923 he attempted to seize power in Munich and was jailed. During the imprisonment he started writing his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle).

After his release he gained support for his promotion of Pan-Germanism, anti-semitism and anti-communism.

Hitler was appointed as Chancellor and leader of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei on 30/01/33 He immediately started to create his Nazi Germany with one political party pushing National Socialism (Nazism), promoting antisemitism & anti-communism.

One of Hitler’s main ambitions was to rid Germany of its Jewish population and the millions of ethnic Germans which gained him huge support. He armed his people and invaded Poland which was the birth of WWII.

Hitler and his Nazi followers were responsible for the death of approximately 5.5 million Jews, 19 million civilians and prisoners of war, millions of ethnics who he claimed as subhuman, and 28 million casualties on the field of war.

The rest is history as they say. So now let’s look at his religious motivations.

As we know, Hitler was born a Catholic. Many people claim he left Christianity behind and became an atheist but this isn’t the case. He always had an interest in Christianity he just struggled to accept the Jewish part of it, and promoted Aryan Christianity/Positive Christianity.

“Positives Christentum was a movement in Nazi Germany which mixed ideas of racial purity & Nazi ideology with elements of Christianity.‘

‘To accord with Nazi antisemitism, positive Christianity advocates also sought to deny the Semitic origins of Christ & Bible.’’

Hitler claimed in Mein Kampf and many speeches that he was continuing the Lord’s work.

“…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

“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”

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

“This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief.”

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

“Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise.”

– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Gott mit uns was inscribed in the belts of Nazi Germany’s third Reich soldiers. Translated it means ‘God with us

“Third Reich: Meaning “third regime or empire,” the Nazi designation of Germany and its regime from 1933-45. Historically, the First Reich was the medieval ‘HOLY’ Roman Empire, which lasted until 1806. The Second Reich included the German Empire from 1871-1918.”

As everyone is aware, despite being the epitome of evil, Hitler was a talented painter. Below is one of his more famous paintings of Mary and the baby Jesus.

So, to conclude, the evidence is there to suggest Hitler was religious despite creating his own form of Christianity. He was a despicable racist, a mass-murderer and evil to the core, but he wasn’t an atheist. I know Christians find this hard to accept.

The atheist atrocities fallacy is a multifaceted and multidimensional monster, comprised of a cocktail of illogically contrived arguments.‘

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