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  • They were protestant

    They believed that being protestant was the right way to go. Just as some comments say above, Hitler was a Christian. Catholicism was different though. He didn't mess with the Catholic Church during his time, but he did persecute Catholic Priests. That is recorded throughout history without a doubt, and many have documented this.

  • Mein Kampf Yo

    All you need to do is read the autobiography straight from the mouth of the devil himself. He states many times that he is working for God and the Christian mission.

    “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty
    Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.”

    [Adolph Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936]

  • Almost overwhelmingly so.

    The German country was more than 90% Christian at the time of the change in government.

    Hitler speaks several times in speeches and writes very heavily on the influences of the Christian God in his decision making and his "fate" of rising to power and conquering the world.

    Regardless of this is truly Christian, or if it makes you uncomfortable that he claims to be so, he is.

  • Not even debatable.

    Germany is a historically christian nation. Most religious Germans are Christian. Political ideology is separate from religious belief. Since Nazis were for the most part German and most Germans were Christian, it can easily inferred that Nazis were largely Christian. Not to mention that the official state religion under the Nazis was a christian one.

  • But they were Catholics, not Protestants

    Hitler was a Roman Catholic. Much like his ally Mussolini. They were both Roman Catholics in every sense of the word. Lutherans were persecuted in Hitler's regime. Ever wonder why Hitler won the vote in Westphalia and Bavaria, which are both Catholic, and in non-Lutheran Protestant regions (Lutheranism is not the only Protestant denomination in Germany, Methodism or Presbyterianism is common in Germany).

  • I believe they were.

    Hitler was a Christian and while that does not make all the Nazi's Christians and I am sure some may have not been. It is my understanding that they did adhere to Christian principles. This is probably why they had "Gott mit uns" which means God with us. While this would not normally count for a religious state (think of the USA and "In God we trust) the fact is that it was a fascist state with ideals who would not put anything anywhere if they did not adhere to it.

  • How is this even up for debate?

    Catholicism is one of the oldest branches of christianity. People, take your brains out of the boxes you kept them in, and use them to think!! It's a FACT that the Nazi WERE Catholics which is a BRANCH of Christianity. Hitler WAS Christian.
    I think you confused Hitler with the tyrant from the east, Stalin, who was an atheist, but Hitler, and the german nazis were christians and believed in the bible.
    God dammit people how did you get so indoctrinated into denying facts?

  • Its a fact that they were.

    The nazis were catholic. Their slogans and beliefs were based around Christianity. They were not the nicest Christians but that does not mean that they weren't. Their actions do not have to be attributed to all Christians and they shouldn't. The fact that they are terrible people does not contradict the idea that they are christian.

  • Yes of course

    Nazi Germany was a fascist state and all known fascist states have the religious policy of "moralism". Moralism is where a nation declares a single religion to be the supreme state religion above all else and every other religion should be either looked down upon or prosecuted. Nazi did prosecute other religions and I believe that Hitler himself claimed to be christian.

    One of the major differences between fascism and communism is that communists support an "atheist" state where all creationist religions are considered obsolete and are sometimes prosecuted. Communists and fascists contrast each other in almost every way when it comes to general beliefs about the economy, trade, religion, how the government should be run, etcetera. While I don't believe the Nazis did what they did because of religion, I do think it played as a factor in some of the things that they did, such as with the Aryan Race idea.

  • No True Scotsman Fallacy is a joke.

    I believe that this question is based on the No true Scotsman Fallacy. This Fallacy is a way for religious people to pretend that Christians can not do bad deeds. This is basically saying "Hitler isn't a true Christian because...." It is a way for Christians and other branches of Christianity (Catholicism, Baptist, Protestant etc.) to pretend as if no Christian can do wrong. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a Christian is: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As Hitler himself said "We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity. Our movement is Christian" -Adolf Hitler.

    He professes to be Christian, an to have Christian beliefs. He believed that he was murdering thousand of Jews in the name of god.

    I personally don't know any atheist that would use Hitler as an excuse to say that "Christianity is evil" but rather give examples of some of the evil things Christians have done in the name of their God. So this isn't me saying that I think that all Christians are evil, an that religion is the source of all things bad.

    Hitler was a Christian, and so was the Nazi Movement.

  • A sorry way to wiggle out from the evils of atheist leaders

    Trying to pin religion on Nazi Germany and the crimes committed under their cause is desperate. Hitler and Nazi Germany were not certainly not Christians, nor did they kill the millions in the name of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    The evils of Nazi Germany had no connection to Christianity, so anyone making that connection isn't interested in an honest conversation.

  • No, they were not.

    Nazism promoted Catholicism, which is not Christianity. Many people think Catholicism is a branch of Christianity, but the Catholic faith teaches heretical doctrines such as salvation by faith and works, penance, purgatory, etc. These doctrines are dangerous because the Bible teaches salvation by FAITH ALONE. If one relies on his own efforts to be saved, then he is on a road to HELL.

    Jesus Christ finished all the works on the cross. All you need to do is repent of your sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ ALONE (again, faith alone, you can't be saved with your own efforts). (the Gospel is His death by crucifixion, His burial, and His resurrection on the Third day as per 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

    Posted by: GOP
  • The Church was Persecuted in Nazi Germany

    The Church was persecuted from the beginning of Hitler's usurpation of power to the very end of the Third Reich.

    Hitler believed that Christianity was a religion that encourages weakness and docility, and he made this known by closing Churches and taking them over with leaders he trusted.

    The fact that the Nazis thought God was with them means nothing since God is a term which applies to many belief systems.

  • This is not even a serious question

    The Nazis had a long term plan to stamp out Christianity. Alfred Rosenberg, the chief thinker behind Nazi ideology developed a long term plan to replace Christianity with a "religion of the blood" framed around the supposed supremacy of the Germanic race. Much of the Nazi movement was so openly anti christian, that Hitler created the party religion "Positive Christianity" in 1920 to placate the mostly Christian German population. As Positive Christianity developed, it displayed a swastika in the center of the cross, claimed that Jesus was an Aryan, not a Jew, and became an institution that was intended to be a stepping stone away from Christianity and into a neo-pagan Nazi religion (The aforementioned "religion of the blood). This religion was intended to be based on early indo-european faiths, especially vedic hinduism. The Bible was supposed to cease to be published, and eventually be replaced with Mein Kampf. Crosses in churches were to be replaced with swastikas.

    This is all undisputed history
    http://www.Digplanet.Com/wiki/Alfred_Rosenberg

  • No No NO

    No, they were not. Nazism promoted Catholicism, which is not Christianity. Many people think Catholicism is a branch of Christianity, but the Catholic faith teaches heretical doctrines such as salvation by faith and works, penance, purgatory, etc. These doctrines are dangerous because the Bible teaches salvation by FAITH ALONE. If one relies on his own efforts to be saved, then he is on a road to HELL.

    Jesus Christ finished all the works on the cross. All you need to do is repent of your sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ ALONE (again, faith alone, you can't be saved with your own efforts). (the Gospel is His death by crucifixion, His burial, and His resurrection on the Third day as per 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

  • Some yes, others no.

    Certainly as a whole, they were not living by any Christian ideals; Christians tend to be opposed to sending other Christians to death camps...

    A decent number of Nazis had a weird religion focused on proving their head shapes marked them as descendants from Atlantis. This was really important, since once they killed everyone who wasn't, they were going to go live in the perfect paradise that is on the inside on the hollow earth.

  • Most Were Christians

    Most of the members of the National Socialist Workers' Party were Christians. "Most", not "All". Since the majority were, the only thing we can conclude is that the Nazis were in fact predominantly Christian. Perhaps this in part led to their persecution of the Jews; the fact that they were members of a non-Jewish religion definitely did.
    However, I discourage anyone from using this as an argument against Christianity because none of the Nazis were, relatively speaking, good Christians. They forget that Jesus was technically a Jew...

  • Absolutely not. They were pagan/atheist.

    Any menial research will inform you that the Nazi's had a pagan/atheistic religion (essentially indistinguishable from satanism & the religion that pop stars and movies promulgate today).
    The nazi's believed in the atlantian myths of aryen ubermensch, and they were enabled to do what they did through the belief in the atheist doctrine of evolution, that is that one race is objectively superior to another, the complete opposite of Christianity which tells that all men are created equal in the eyes of God.

    Hitler was not Christian, he hated Christianity, like his closest advisors such as Rosenberg et al.

    Some private quotes from Hitler


    "National Socialism and religion cannot exist together.... The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.... Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things. "

    "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. "

    "The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death.... When understanding of the universe has become widespread... Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity.... Christianity has reached the peak of absurdity.... And that's why someday its structure will collapse.... ...The only way to get rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little.... Christianity the liar.... We'll see to it that the Churches cannot spread abroad teachings in conflict with the interests of the State."

    There are very many in the book "hitlers table talks", in which hitler spoke freely, believing he would never be quoted or exposed. Hitlers PRIVATE talks are much more reliable than his public propaganda which tried to co-opt the Christians to his agenda.

    Hitler also hired dozens of occultists and star-gazers to try and divine the future, again completely contrary to Christian teaching.

  • Surely you jest.

    If you read, in the Bible , how Christians should behave, then compare it to how the Nazis behaved, you can only come to the conclusion that they, in fact, were not Christians. Jesus instructed Christians to love their enemies. Didn't see much love from the Nazis. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus said... If you love Me, keep My commandments. That's how you can tell if someone's a Christian, or not. And Hitler, most definitely, was NOT a Christian. Anyone who believes that he was, hasn't got the first clue what a Christian is.

  • No, but he used established churches to further his cause.

    Luther, in separating from the Catholic Church, hoped to gain support from Jews. Well, he found out the hard way they're not all that big of fans of Jesus. When Luther gained support from Germanic lords who wanted freedom from the Vatican, he found himself embroiled in a fight between Jews, nobility, and the Vatican. He became bitter toward Jews for their lack of support. His writings became justification in some people's minds for hating Jews. The Nazis also used popular elections to further their cause. We don't say Nazis were Democrats.


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SweetTea says2014-06-24T12:43:57.233
The Nazis, like the Klan, is a perfect example of Christians acting in radical ways & distorting religion to serve their own crazy purposes!
LittleBallofHATE says2014-07-07T04:52:43.980
That should read..."The Nazis, like the Klan, is a perfect example of PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS acting in radical ways & distorting religion to serve their own crazy purposes!" Real Christians don't act like that. I know hundreds of other Christians, and none of them act that way.