For a genuine Christian (including myself), Hitler’s relationship with religions (first and foremost, with Christianity and the Christian Church) is the most important question of all. Much, much more important than his character, his wars, his achievements, his failures, his wars and even his crimes (however horrendous his crimes were).
Why? Because every genuine Christian firmly believes (as this dogma is at the very core of a Christian faith) that our civilization is a battlefield. The battlefield, the prize and the participant in a cosmic battle between God and Devil, angels and demons, the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness.
Both side wants to establish complete control over our highly imperfect world. God wants to transform the Earth into a perfect Kingdom of Heaven (more precisely, its physical incarnation so that all inhabitants of our planet can live in perfect and eternal happiness. Satan wants to make our world Hell on Earth (literally) where all inhabitants would live in eternal and unspeakable pain and suffering.
The Christian Church (first and foremost, the Holy Roman Catholic Church) is God’s primary weapon in this cosmic and very much existential war (that’s the reason it is called the Church Militant).
Consequently, it is no surprise that the Devil wants to destroy (annihilate, actually) the Christian Church (again, first and foremost, the Catholic Church) and replace it with demonic, diabolical religions, quasi-religions or ideologies.
Hence, it is of utmost importance whose side Adolf Hitler (or any other political leader for that matter) was on. Was he on the side of Christianity or (explicitly or implicitly) anti-Christian religions; on the side of the Christian Church or on the side of (explicitly or implicitly) anti-Christian churches; did he fight (explicitly or implicitly) for or against Christianity and the Christian Church; for or against the Christian God?
Joseph Stalin and other Communist leaders (domestic and foreign) wanted to eradicate, obliterate, annihilate the Christian Churches. Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox – all of them. Consequently, they, their followers and their whole regimes were obviously the agents of Satan.
Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were fighting (on the Eastern front) an existential war with Bolshevism and the Communist Soviet Union. True, their fundamental objective had nothing to do with aby religion or ideology – it was Lebensraum (“living space for Germans”) in the East; however, they were committed to defeating and eradicating Bolshevism.
Thus, the Nazis were implicitly fighting to defend the Christian Churches (all of them) from being annihilated by the agents of Satan and thus to prevent Devil and his henchmen from destroying the Christian civilization (and the whole human civilization as we know it) and transforming our world into a very literal Hell on Earth.
Which explains why the overwhelming majority of Christians in Greater Germany, other Axis powers and even the Holy See supported the Nazi regime in general and in their existential war with Bolshevism in particular.
However, this “medicine” was not without its problems as national-socialist ideology (let alone Himmler’s neo-pagan quasi-religion) were not exactly compatible with Christianity.
Hence, in this chapter, I will present a thorough analysis of Hitler’s spirituality and religious beliefs (which defined his relationships with Christianity and other religions) and his religion-related policies, decisions and actions (primarily towards Christianity, of course).
Although Adolf Hitler was no occultist (he was a mystic, which is a different thing entirely), the issue of “Nazi occultism” aroused (and, alas, continue to arose) such a tremendous interest worldwide, that I simply have to devote the whole section to Hitler’s attitude, policies, decisions and actions towards the occult.
However, I will begin with something that made a profound impact on relationship between German government (and the whole German society) and the Christian Church. Impact so profound that it significantly influenced Adolf Hitler – and his subsequent religion-related policies, decisions and actions.
That “something” was Kulturkampf.