Hitler admired Islam


“Nazi theology” – chapter 11 in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas

Adolf Hitler said basically, as he rejected the Christian religion of the history of Germany:
“Why couldn’t we Germans have a manly and warlike religion like Islam (he called it “Mohammadan”) or the Japanese religion – one that fights; not the wimpy and weak and meek Christianity.” (my paraphrase)

Here is his actual quote:

“It’s been our misfortune of have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammadan religion too would have been much more acceptable to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”

page 165, “Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”, by Eric Metaxas

Addendum (October 20, 2016)

Besides Hitler admiring Islam, the chapter in Eric Metaxas’ book on “Nazi Theology” is very interesting and informative, because he tells of some of Hitler’s inner circle and Nazi leaders, such as Martin Bormann, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich, and Alfred Rosenberg were even more anti-Christian than Hitler was, and wanting to go all out against the church in Germany and create a new German religion based on war and the ancient pagan German gods. But, Adolf Hitler was more pragmatic; and sneaky, he used the church and used deception and told Himmler and Bormann and those guys that they had to wait until they won the war because they needed the people to think they were Christians, but they were not. Chapter 11 is very interesting. (pages 165-175)


Reading the details about Karl Barth and Niemoller, the theologians of “The Confessing Church”, that had to go underground, those who opposed Hitler and wrote the “Barmen Declaration”, increased my respect for Karl Barth, even though he did not believe in inerrancy, and his “neo-Orthodoxy” was certainly sub-Biblical. But Barth’s stance against Hitler was great and heroic.


Pastor Tim Keller wrote a very good Foreward to this book by Eric Metaxas on Bonhoeffer.   Here are some highlights:

“How could the “church of Luther”, the great teacher of the gospel, have ever come to such a place?  The answer is that the true gospel, summed up by Bonhoeffer as costly grace, had been lost.  On the one hand, the church had become marked by formalism.  That meant going to church and hearing that God just loves and forgives everyone, so it doesn’t really matter much how you live.  Bonhoeffer called this “cheap grace”.  On the other hand, there was legalism, or salvation by law and good works.  Legalism meant that God loves you because you have pulled yourself together and are trying to live a good, disciplined life.”

“Both of these impulses made it possible for Hitler to come to power.”

The church had become very liberal in the 18th, and 19th centuries, and had “left its first love” (Revelation 2:4-5)  The church and culture was dead and nominal and needed to wake up, remember, and repent.  (Revelation 3:1-6) They, as a whole culture, had fallen away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)  Therefore, they lacked discernment.  They drifted slowly away from God. (Hebrews 2:1)

Keller asks,

“This lapse couldn’t happen to us today, surely, could it?  Certainly it could.  We still have a lot of moralism and legalism in our churches . . .

many Christians . . . don’t like talking about Jesus death on the cross to satisfy divine wrath and justice.  Some even call it “divine child abuse”. ”  (Steve Chaulk, a heretic for sure)

“yet if they are not careful, they run the risk  of falling into the belief of cheap grace – a non-costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts us as we are.  That will never change anyone’s life.”

Tim Keller, Foreward, Pages xv-xvi, Bonhoeffer . . . by Eric Metaxas

Addendum:  October 31, 2016

The Wikipedia article confirms what Metaxas wrote in his book on Bonhoeffer:

(Under the section:  “Private Statements”)  ( Hitler’s true belief was expressed privately, while publicly he deceived and manipulated the German churches.)

“You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” Adolf Hitler to Albert Speer –
Speer, Albert (1997). Inside the Third Reich. New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 96.
“Now I feel as fresh as a colt in the pasture.”
Max Domarus, Hitler: Reden und Proklamationen (Hitler: Speeches and Proclamations) 1932–1945, kommentiert von einem deutschen Zeitgenossen, translated in Chris Wilcox and Mary Fran Gilbert (tr.), Hitler: Speeches and Proclamations, 1932–1945: The Chronicle of a Dictatorship (1992), Vol. 2, “Top Secret Steps on the Road to War—The Hossbach Minutes”, p. 959, cited to “Notes taken by the author on October 31, 1937, according to information related by the Gau Propagandaleiter Waldemar Vogt (Würzburg, later Berlin)”:
Late in October and early in November 1937, Hitler deemed it “absolutely necessary” to reveal to a small group his new religious convictions and his plans for a policy of aggression. He did this in two ‘secret speeches,’ one in Berlin before the propaganda leaders of the Party, … While speaking before the propaganda leaders, Hitler’s topics included the following: … After long and bitter mental battles, he finally had divorced himself from the religious convictions that still existed from his childhood. “Now I feel as fresh as a colt in the pasture.”


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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