You'll likely all have heard this argument at some point. It's a classic.

Outlined rather well by http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, it goes something like this:
"(1) Person X, a well-known atheist, was morally inferior to the rest of us.
(2) Therefore, God exists."

It's just poetic, isn't it?

So... Assuming Hitler was an Atheist* - does this shed any light on the existence of God? Well, no.

There are a few separate points to address here, and I'll take them in turn.

If a bad person believes something, it is wrong because they are bad.

Imagine that no-one knew what water was made of, chemically. Then imagine an utter arsehole suggesting that hydrogen and oxygen played a part, and that he could prove it using reliable, empirical data.

Would the data - the real-world physical indicators of credibility - lose weight because the person presenting them was a bit of a dick? No. Those two things are as unrelated as a person's telephone number and hair colour - i.e one thing simply doesn't effect the other.

If you're unconvinced, consider the flip-side. If a really nice, charity donating, community supporting, Bible-bashing Christian attributed their honest nature to a sincere worship of what they imagine their God to be like, would it shed any light on the question of the existence of that God? Again, no - the same way that the entirely subjective cuteness of kittens doesn't either.

So, moving on... (Read more of this post)

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Comment by John Cook on July 25, 2013 at 2:56pm

People who are willing to accept blind faith over mentally healthy skepticism are displaying a need for social and peer acceptance that is greater than their need for reality and mental stability. This is a often caused by a deficit of courage, individualism, and a lack of personal esteem. Religion is also attributed to lower intelligence. Recall how proud theists are to point out some scientist they have heard is a Christian. Also recall that 97% of the academy of sciences are atheists. Christians often fail to comprehend this, so it is little wonder that they continue to incorrectly refer to Hitler an atheist. Hitler was a Christian!      

Comment by _Robert_ on July 25, 2013 at 6:23pm

Hitler learned from the best....

Comment by kris feenstra on July 25, 2013 at 9:27pm

Perhaps some just find it easier to believe that Hitler was an atheist than to accept the fact that their god totally would have let Hitler into Heaven.

Comment by _Robert_ on July 25, 2013 at 9:57pm

 Hitler could be in heaven alright, but the Jews that got massacred are not.

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