Main articles: Adolf Hitler's religious beliefs, Positive Christianity, and Nazi Mysticism
Hitler was raised by Roman Catholic
parents, but after he left home, he never attended Mass
or received the sacraments
Hitler often praised Christian
heritage, German Christian culture, and professed a belief in Jesus Christ
In his speeches and publications Hitler even spoke of Christianity as a central motivation for his antisemitism
, stating that "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice".
His private statements, as reported by his intimates, are more mixed, showing Hitler as a religious man but critical of traditional Christianity.
However, in contrast to other Nazi leaders, Hitler did not adhere to esoteric
, or neo-paganism
and ridiculed such beliefs in Mein Kampf
Rather, Hitler advocated a "Positive Christianity
a belief system purged from what he objected to in traditional Christianity, and which reinvented Jesus
as a fighter against the Jews.
Hitler believed in Arthur de Gobineau
's ideas of struggle for survival between the different races, among which the "Aryan race" â€” guided by "Providence" â€” was supposed to be the torchbearers of civilization. In Hitler's conception Jews were enemies of all civilization.
Hitler, despite his native Catholicism, favored aspects of Protestantism
if they were more amenable to his own objectives. At the same time, he adopted some elements of the Catholic Church's hierarchical organization, liturgy and phraseology in his politics.
Hitler expressed admiration for the Muslim
military tradition. According to one confidant, Hitler stated in private, "The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness...".