Christianity caused the Holocaust?

Many atheist/skeptics that I have online discussion with these days point to Christianity (and religion in general) as a source of violence, often pointing to the Holocaust as one example, quick to state, “Hitler was a Christian.” The fact is, this is simply NOT true.

Though Hitler may have publicly espoused some form of Christianity, in order to help establish and maintain control over the church, it is very well documented, from various papers dated from the 1940’s (which a simple google search will show) that it was the goal of the Nazi party to not only infiltrate the Christian church, but to redirect it’s faith toward the Third Reich, and eliminate the Christian faith. Hitler himself was not ACTUALLY an Atheist, but a neo-pagan, but the precurser to our CIA documented the Nazi plan in a 120 page report entitled “The Nazi Master Plan: Persecution of the Christian Churches”. The only reason hitler hadn’t yet destroyed the churches is that, sadly (I believe due to an overwhelming control of theological liberalism, which Germany is quite famous for – a view which questions the authority of Scripture, and believes that mankind is generally prorgressing instead of regressing) they were able to use many of the Churches in Germany to further their cause. As many will espouse, being baptized and raised in a ‘faith’ has little effect on whether one accepts that faith for themselves when they reach adult-hood. To put it another way, being raised in a church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than being in McDonalds makes you a hamburger – there is no necessary correlation between the two.

The official minister over the dept of religion of the Nazi party, under Hitler stated, “The question of the divinity of Christ is ridiculous and inessential” and then states that the NEW answer to the questions brought up by Christianity are all found in Hitler.

It is so commonly known that Hitler was not a Christian that in John P. Koster’s book profiling ‘Atheists’ he used Hitler as one of his primary examples. Koster wrote of Hitler, “Hitler appears to have believed that Jesus never rose and that Christianity was a sort of Jewish conspiracy.”

Here are a few quotes from Hitler himself:

(from July 11th – 12th, 1941) “The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity….[an] invention of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.”

(Oct. 10th, 1941) “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.”

(Oct. 14th, 1941) “Christianity is the lair…We’ll see to it that the Churches cannot spread abroad teachings in conflict with the interests of the State.”

(Oct. 19th, 1941) “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.”

(Dec. 13th, 1941) “Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless…”

(Feb. 27, 1942) “…but to devote myself deliberately to errors, that is something I cannot do. I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie. Our epoch in the next 200 years wil certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity…my regret will have been that I couldn’t behold its demise.”

Also, I would disagree that the holocaust was a direct inheritance from medieval Christianity – though Hitler used the liberal church in Germany to serve his ends, he himself was a convinced evolutionist and believed the Jews to be a hindrance to evolutionary progress – and when I was an Atheist-evolutionist I believed similar things, only about the crippled, and the less-intelligent. It seemed to me to be the obvious logical conclusion to what I believed, although I admit that the mind of a high-school student isn’t always fully ‘logical’. That’s not to say that a naturalistic Atheist evolutionary world-view, in and of itself, makes it violence necessary, but it does indeed seem to make it more likely – not less.

And yes, it does sadden me that ANY self-proclaimed Christian participated in the holocaust, but it’s clear from the Scriptures that in doing so they were acting in opposition to their faith, and are judged by it, rather than as disciples of Christ.

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~ by heatlight on August 14, 2007.

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