National Socialism and Christianity

Are Incompatible


By Martin Bormann (1941)


NATIONAL SOCIALIST and Christian concepts are incompatible. The Christian churches build upon the ignorance of man and strive to keep large portions of the people in ignorance because only in this way can the Christian churches maintain their power. On the other hand, National Socialism is based on scientific foundations. Christianity’s immutable principles, which were laid down almost 2,000 years ago, have increasingly stiffened into life-alien dogmas. National Socialism, however, if it wants to fulfill its historic task, must always guide itself according to the newest data of scientific research.

The Christian churches have long been aware that exact scientific knowledge poses a threat to their existence. Therefore, by means of such pseudo-sciences as theology, they take great pains to suppress or falsify scientific research.  Our National Socialist worldview stands on a much higher level than the concepts of Christianity, which in their essentials have been taken over from Judaism. For this reason, too, we can do without Christianity.

No one would know about Christianity if pastors had not crammed it down his throat in his childhood. The so-called loving God by no means reveals his knowledge of his existence to young people, but amazingly enough, and despite his omnipotence, leaves this to the efforts of a pastor. When, in the future, our youth no longer hear anything about this Christianity, whose doctrines are far below our own, Christianity will automatically disappear.

It is also astonishing that prior to our own era nothing was known to mankind about this Christian God and even since then the great majority of the inhabitants of our Earth have known nothing about Christianity. Because of this, according to the arrogant Christian dogma, they are damned from the outset.

When we National Socialists speak about a belief in God [Gottgläubigkeit = non-Christian theism], we do not understand, as do the naïve Christians and their clerical beneficiaries, a manlike being who is sitting around in some corner of the spheres. Rather, we must open the eyes of mankind to the fact that in addition to our own unimportant Earth, there exist countless other bodies in the Universe, many of them surrounded, like the Sun, by planets, and these again by smaller bodies, the moons. The force which moves all these bodies in the Universe, in accordance with natural law, is what we call the Almighty or God. The assertion that this world-force can worry about the fate of every individual, of every bacillus on Earth, and that it can be influenced by so-called prayer or other astonishing things, is either based on a suitable dose of naïveté or on outright commercial effrontery.

In contrast, we National Socialists call upon ourselves to live as naturally as possible – that is, in keeping with the laws of life. The more thoroughly we know and attend to the laws of nature and life, the more that we adhere to them, the more do we correspond to the will of the Almighty. The deeper our insight into the will of the Almighty, the greater will be our success.



Commentary by Martin Kerr: This short essay was sent by Martin Bormann, as head of the NSDAP chancellery, to the party’s gauleiters in June 1941, as a confidential memorandum. Presumably, it was intended as advance justification for anti-Church measures which Bormann had in mind. Someone in one of the gau offices, who opposed the sentiments of the essay, sent the memo to the churches, which then forwarded it to contacts abroad, which in turn caused a minor stir in the media.

Hitler was displeased, and instructed Bormann to rescind the memo, which he did, although without disavowing its contents. On July 31, 1941 – also on Hitler’s command – Bormann issued another circular to the gauleiters telling them that Christian churches were not to be bothered or harassed.

The contents of Bormann’s essay reflect the views on Christianity which Hitler expressed in his private conversations. (See especially the Table Talk entry for October 14, 1941, midday.) However, one aspect of Hitler’s thought which Bormann overlooked was the Führer’s explicit desire that there was to be no showdown with the churches until after the War was won. As David Irving comments, Bormann thought that he was acting in accordance with Hitler’s wishes, but that he had “jumped the gun.”

The text of the above post was taken from Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich by Jewish academician George Mosse (The Universal Library/Grosset and Dunlap, NY, 1968), pages 244-247. Mosse gives his source as Kirkliches Jahrbuch füer die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1934, pages 470-472.