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On Ethnonationalism, Religion, & Common Sense

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In the debate about Christianity and ethnonationalism it is too often forgotten that Christianity is a religion and not a political or cultural doctrine. Religion is coeval with man and its function is to mediate between the soul and the divine, or the eternal, whether it is conceived of as an impersonal divine force or as a person, that is God.

If a religion does not execute its function properly, it dies out. Human beings have a spiritual need, and if that need is not fulfilled, they will become restless. That spiritual restlessness may seek outlets in pseudo religions or other ways that are destructive to society. Long existing religions have in a sense been selected via a process reminiscent of natural selection. Had they been either insufficient in their proper function or inharmonious with the social order, they would not have survived. They are therefore a worthy object of study and veneration.

However, what is typical of the debate about Christianity within the ethnonationalist movement is the preoccupation with things that have no obvious causal relation to the evils of our time or the success of the movement. One side argues that we need a revival of Christianity or even some particular denomination, while the other side argues that Christianity is the cause of white decline and needs to go. Both sides cite scriptural passages to prove that Christianity is either this or that, or to show the ideological roots of some present pathology.

It is like some supernatural belief in the power of ideas to perpetuate themselves independently of the circumstances that gave rise to and sustain them. Even children can think of a simple idea like equality. For example, if children in a kindergarten are playing, and one child is handed a few toys, but another child gets no toys, the latter child will feel unfairly treated. You don’t need to look into the history of ideas to understand the root of that feeling. A simple idea like equality, has in the present no causal relation to the same idea one or two thousand years ago. If a similar idea is found to be dominant at two different times in history, it is because the external circumstances that suggest those ideas are similar at both times, or because they come quite naturally to the human mind. Therefore, we see the belief in eternal life to be so essential to Christianity in any era. Everyone must face death and it is natural to wonder what happens after death. The idea of eternal life therefore suggests itself quite naturally, unlike e.g. the Holy Trinity or Christological ideas which came into being in political struggles and theological disputes in the early Church and the early middle ages, and they have to be perpetuated by force and are therefore included in every creed, confession and catechism, and in the liturgy. If they were not, they would simply vanish and become once again obscure ideas somewhere in the Bible, because they are not part of common experience.

Thus, there are countless forgotten ideas in the Bible and in the libraries of the world, some of which will reawaken when the circumstances are right. In any case, Bible verses that are cited to justify either ethnonationalism or ethnomasochism are not the cause of the belief in those ideas. The belief is formed first and then the proper verse is found to justify them. The same is probably usually the case with those who peruse the history of philosophy to justify some cause.

But to use something sublime as religion as the means to some worldly end is simply un-Aryan and not far from how Jews conceive of their religion. Adolf Hitler writes in Mein Kampf: “The worst chaos is created when religion is used for political purposes.”[1] For Hitler, the basic difference between the Aryan concept of religion and the Jewish one was that the former was otherworldly and spiritual while the latter was only concerned with life in this world:

The Jew could never create a religious institution on his own because he lacks any form of idealism which would be needed to create such a cover. The lack of idealism means that a belief in any life hereafter is absolutely foreign to him. According to the Aryan concept, no religion could be conceived that lacks a belief in some form of life after death. […] His [the Jew’s] life is only concerned with this world and his inner spirit is as foreign to true Christianity as his nature was two thousand years ago to the great Founder of the new teaching Himself, Jesus Christ. Jesus made no secret of His feelings toward the Jewish people, and even used the whip to drive this rival out of the Lord’s temple. Even then, the Jewish religion was just a means to make money as a business.[2]

The claim that Jewish religion is concerned only with this world is supported by one of the leading Old Testament scholars of the twentieth century, Gerhard von Rad, who wrote that belief in the resurrection of the dead is found “only peripherally” in the Old Testament.[3] The former editor of the neoconservative magazine Commentary Magazine, Norman Podhoretz writes that, “in the Bible itself, no such belief [in an afterlife] is clearly visible. Biblical Judaism concerns itself with life in this world; it prescribes a way of living such a life which will ensure that it be both long and prosperous.”[4] He further explains that: “What seems most strange about Judaism to many Christians is how small a role faith plays in this religious scheme. […] Judaism is a religion of “works” rather than faith.”[5] Podhoretz also makes the acute observation that, “Lutheranism may be at a further remove from Judaism than any other Christian denomination. From a theological point of view they are almost polar opposites.”[6] It is precisely on this point, when the focus of religion is moved away from otherworldly concerns and it begins to busy itself with affairs in this world, that traditionalist Christians more and more resemble Jews.

But the attacks on Christianity on the right are also damaging and counterproductive. Hitler also has an admonition for those who engage in such behavior:

It would be unthinkable to live in a world without religious faith. The broad masses of a people are not made up of philosophers, so the faith of the masses is often the sole foundation for any moral World-Concept they may have. The various proposed substitutes have not shown any results that would indicate they could be useful replacements for religious denominations. […] A politician must not judge the value of a religion by its faults. Instead he should ask if there is an available substitute which fits his needs more closely. As long as there is no substitute for religion, only a fool or criminal would consider abolishing an existing religion. […] [The movement] considers both religious denominations to be equally valuable and acknowledges that they provide vital support for the existence of our people.[7]

One thing that plagues the ethnonationalist movement at present is the reincarnation of what resembles the völkisch movement of the pre-war era. That is the insistence on bringing up concepts and behavior that belong to long gone times, or may even never have existed historically, and have no obvious relation to the struggle of our time. Hitler even goes as far as to say that the name of the NSDAP was designed precisely to drive away as many “völkisch dreamers” as possible.[8] He claims that he “had to warn followers repeatedly against these wandering ‘völkisch’ scholars who never accomplished anything positive or practical…” Instead working with the aim of practical success in the present all their effort is wasted on promoting “old Germanic expressions, in particular, which neither suit the present time nor conjure up a definite picture.”[9] Hitler then makes a rather remarkable observation that aptly describes our present situation:

The impression which I often get, especially of those so-called religious reformers whose creed is grounded on ancient Germanic customs, is that they are the missionaries and protégés of those forces which do not wish to see a national revival taking place in Germany. All their activities tend to turn the attention of the people away from the necessity of fighting together for a common cause against the common enemy, namely, the Jew. Moreover, that kind of preaching induces the people to use up their energies, not in fighting for the common cause, but in absurd and ruinous religious controversies within their own ranks.[10]

Even though Hitler has a specific group of people in mind here, this argument can be applied to anyone who engages in this behavior and turns people away from the common cause. It is not just neo-pagans or atheists who say that Christianity is the cause of our decline or Christian traditionalists who think it is imperative to restore their particular denominations, it is also traditionalists who want to do away with “modernity,” or promoting a cyclical view of history. It also applies to those who are trying to restore forms of government like aristocracy or monarchy that were structured around a society with a completely different economic and occupational basis.

I do not say that these things are bad in and of themselves. The ideas of Spengler, Evola, or the German conservative revolutionary movement, are very interesting subjects. So are the customs and beliefs of our ancient Germanic ancestors a worthy object of study of reverence. But just as in the case if religion, they have their own sphere and ought to stay there. They should not be promoted as being part of the aim of a political movement, only to cause confusion and division.

[1] Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, (Wewelsburg Archives, 2018), p. 234, retrieved from, https://archive.org/details/AdolfHitlerMeinKampf_201801

[2] Ibid., p. 271-272.

[3] Gerhard von Rad, Theology of the Old Testament, Vol. II, (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1965), p. 350.

[4] Norman Podhoretz, “Was Bach Jewish?”, Prospect Magazine, (London: Prospect Publishing Ltd, 1999), retrieved from, https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/wasbachjewish

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, (Wewelsburg Archives, 2018), p. 233-234 and 309.

[8] Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1940), p. 389, retrieved from, https://archive.org/details/MeinKampfTheStalagEditionTheOnlyCompleteAndOfficiallyAuthorisedEnglishTranslatio

[9] Ibid., p. 385.

[10] Ibid., p. 387.

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15 Comments

  1. John Grammaticus
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    I do not believe that religion, politics, and race can be seperated, or even should be seperated. The are codependent parts of human life.

    Race, the biological. Religion, or philosophy if that suits you, the psychologically, and political the societal.

    Without a race, well, there is nothing to talk about. Without a religion which supports the race and crafts the society, the race weakens and dies. Without a society which supports the race and upholds the religion, the religion fades and the race dies.

    I agree infighting is problematic, but I disagree religion and politics can be kept seperate.

  2. Gnome Chompsky
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Well, we are well into the season of Advent.

    I appreciated the essay.

    Reading the comments, they are all anti-Christian, and none worth a direct reply.

    However, I can understand it. i have been following the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Advent calendar (but not the directions in it, which seem absurd, every second or third day, they do a pro-illegal invader message). So, I will not take it seriously from now.

    Look at the churches of the Reformation, that retained a liturgy close to the RC, Lutheran, Anglican, many lesbian ‘bishops’, especially in England and Sweden.

    Not that the lesser Protestant denominations are not similarly bad, even the Southern Baptists, for all their talk of hellfIre and crap about the ‘Rapture’ seem to be riding the wave of political correctness.

    Still, it is part of what we are and were, all I can say, at least for Christmas (and today), find the most traditionalist church nearby, and attend if possible.

    Up to the individual, of course.

  3. Berk
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    WN’s that support christianity can only do so by creating their own personal jesus and spiritual version of the christian church by ignoring the facts of the churchs actions. All the christian churchs today support anti-white policies, and even other religions over european peoples interests, as well as unlimited immigration to western countries.

    Christianity is incapable of securing white peoples interests in a multi-cultural society as it accords them no status in the bible’s canon! It is true we need a religion and spirituality and as some have said many true aspects exist in christianity but these values already existed in our european spirtuality before christianity.

    It will be surprisingly easy to move beyond christianity we are almost there!

  4. Peter Quint
    Posted December 14, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Joseph Atwill discovered the origins, and true purpose of Christianity; he clearly explains the true purpose of Christianity in his two excellent books: “Caesar’s Messiah,” and “Shakespeare’s Secret Messiah.” Christianity is longtime psychological warfare against the masses by the elites! Right now the elites are the jews, and they have given it their own twist.

    • Asklepios
      Posted December 18, 2018 at 4:52 am | Permalink

      I watched a part of the Caesar’s Messiah documentary on Youtube. It’s hardly worth the time. It is completely unscholarly and simplistic in it’s scope, in the manner of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I recommend reading an acclaimed scholarly work on the origin of the New Testament and Christianity. If someone ignores all the scholarly findings of the last 200 years, that should tell you something about his aims and methods.

  5. NX
    Posted December 14, 2018 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Isn’t a pragmatic evaluation of the utility of religious faith the essence of what you are criticizing in the Judaic Faith? This seems to be coming from a decidedly secular viewpoint (for which you criticize Judaism) and calls for the religion to be evaluated for its works (vis-a-vis the White Nationalist cause), for which you also criticize Judaism.

    Can you clarify?

    • Asklepios
      Posted December 14, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I do talk about this from a secular viewpoint, but I do not call for religion to be evalued for its usefulness to white nationalism. Religion is an end in itself and should be separate from a political movement.

  6. Calogero
    Posted December 14, 2018 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Whichever religion can get Whites to produce more offspring is the one we should follow. In the past this was Christianity, but the old denominations aren’t doing their most basic job. Maybe we need a new religion, or at least a more muscular pro-White Christian denomination.

  7. Charlie Primero
    Posted December 14, 2018 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    > Christianity is a religion and not a political or cultural doctrine.

    False.

  8. Afterthought
    Posted December 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    The fun thing about Christianity is that you can know next to nothing about it and still be an ardent Christian (perhaps it is actually easier). As you start digging you find that “Christianity” is a Frakenstein’s retcon of Greek, Egyptian, Persian, Jewish and other schools that is perhaps possibly maybe based on the life and teachings of one or more schismatic rabbis that actually existed, but were nothing like the Prince of Peace fictional character that is the basis for Christianity. Neat!

    Another fun thing is that you can draw a linear genealogical descent from “paganism” to Christianity: proto-Indo European religion, Indo Aryan Religion, Zoroastrianism, Exilic Judaism (which itself may be a total hoax), Rabbinical Judaism, Christianity.

    The swastika, a rotating cross symbolizing the cyclicality of nature evolves to become the non-rotating cross representing the alleged triumph of faith over death – the ending of the cycle; showing along with Ecclesiastes that there truly is nothing new under the sun.

    While Christianity is moribund, it will die a death along the lines of A=A0 e ^(-λt) much like even now there are remnant Zoroastrians 1400 years after the rise of Islam. I’m not seeing where the difficulty is in accommodating one’s self or the movement to this fact.

    • Gnome Chompsky
      Posted December 15, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      If you look at the Gnostic current, Buddhist influences are very clear.

      Some NT statements also suggest that Jesus may have been aware of the teachings of Buddha.

      My personal belief is that he was. A coincidence that surprised me (not recently), was to find that Zoroaster and Gautama Buddha were very near contemporaries.

      The ancient silk road (before its centuries long disruption by Islamic piracy) not only carried goods, but also ideas.

      As for Christendom, do you think that Charles Martel was a useless hack (slight pun intended)?

  9. DrExCathedrea
    Posted December 13, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    In Harold Covington’s series of NorthWest novels, about the establishment of a White Homeland, he notes with conscious and ironic amusement that it is the National Socialists who are the voice of reason and moderation in working through the explosive tensions between the Pagans and the Christians.

    • Gnome Chompsky
      Posted December 15, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      I have not read said novels, but from the little you say, they are clearly in the realm of fantasy.

      This Covington may be inspiring, but unless somebody works out a here-to-there, as useless as using John Carter of Mars as a model.

  10. Posted December 13, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    This is a very thoughtful and important piece. I will be sure to share it. Thank you for this, Asklepios. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

  11. EF
    Posted December 13, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Well while there is much to agree with in what you wrote, overall, I do feel that RELIGION serves the PURPOSE of keeping a people alive.

    Just look at the Chechens. Putin used everything but nuclear weapons to subdue them.
    However, while he did what no one else was able to do the Chechens are always likely to rebel.

    They are VERY, VERY tough people. I think their war against Russia proves it but just the way they ARE proves it also.

    And look at Hezbollah, they have defeated Israeli military and they had nothing compared to what the US supplied Israel with.

    People think that MONEY is power, BELIEF is power.

    The Boers were tough but they trusted their Reformed Church. So when the pastors started taking the Jewish slant on South Africa that took the heart from the Boers.

    To survive, to CONQUER, Aryans need a BELIEF.
    Look at what our ancient ancestors did 6,000 years ago. Went from Europe to India, defeated the natives and built a civilization and religion.

    The Jews STILL attack Christianity. To this day. Maybe one day, although time is RUNNING OUT, Whites will get a religion that will ENABLE them to survive.

    With all due respect to pagans and so forth, it will have to be something that has worked, that causes men to FIGHT LIKE WEREWOLVES.

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