What is our Religion?

To restore the ideal of the ecclesia primitiva was the goal of the Gregorian, Cistercian, and Franciscan reform movements of the later Middle Ages, as well as the Protestant Reformation and the Second Vatican Council. Implicit (and sometimes explicit) in this goal has been the de-emphasis, if not the repudiation, of the early medieval Germanic influence on Christianity. The recently accelerated, and hence more perceptible dissociation of the Roman Catholic and other Christian churches from their European heritage may have contributed toward a reciprocal dissociation of many Christians of European descent from these churches, and possibly from Christianity altogether. Alienation appears most likely to occur among those Euro-Christians for whom religiosity and cultural identity are closely related. …

… Perhaps the increasing popularity of neopagan organizations may also be derived from a reaction against the cultural self-criticism engaged in by many Christian churches in Europe and North America. ~ James Russell, The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity, page 211 & note 5

It is foolish to speak of the superiority of Christian civilization to that of the barbaric pagans, both because Christian civilization is fully dependent on paganism, and because the ancient pagan civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Greece, and Rome – symbols of evil in the Bible – were all vastly superior to the Hebrews, who were, according to the Bible, the chosen people of Yahweh.

Also, there is no intrinsic link between Christianity and civilization. If Christianity had not been adopted as the religion of the Roman empire, that is if Christianity still existed at all, then Christians living today would be like their ancient coreligionists, having no regard whatsoever for the future of civilization, Western or otherwise. Their sole concern would be the salvation of their own souls.

Over the course of centuries, Christianity was paganized, first by a Romanization, and then by a Germanization. A new, hybrid religion, with many beliefs and values contrary to original Christianity, was formed. It was this new religion, not the Christianity as found in the New Testament, that formed the foundation of European civilization. However, as this hybrid was composed of contradictory elements it was unstable, and could last only temporarily. Divisions within Christianity, secularism, and neopaganism are all results of the breakdown of this hybrid.

The reason that Christianity has fallen to its current sorry state is that it has forgotten, or perhaps abandoned, its foundation, which is not the Bible, nor even Christ, but the European pagan tradition. That, and that alone, is what made the Church great. Returning to the state of the early Church is not an option, nor would it be desirable even if it was. The only hope that Christianity has is to embrace the pagan tradition to an extent far greater than it did in the past, and to do so explicitly. Unfortunately, it is Christians themselves who would be the greatest obstacle to this taking place. Because the Church continues to dishonestly maintain that it is the direct continuation of Christ and the Apostles, and not much more greatly indebted to the pagan tradition, there will be endless conflict and confusion over how to apply the teachings of the New Testament to civilization, which cannot be done. Christianity will not be destroyed by Islam or atheism, but through its own pride, it will destroy itself.

The Tradition that shaped the Roman world manifested its power vis-a-vis Christianity in the fact that, although the new faith was successful in overthrowing the ancient civilization, it nevertheless was not able to conquer the Western world as pure Christianity; wherever it achieved some greatness it did so only thanks to Roman and classical pre-Christian elements borrowed from the previous tradition, and not because of the Christian element in its original form. ~ Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, page 287

Those who claim that Christianity was the fulfillment of paganism and the one true faith for all mankind display an almost unbelievable arrogance and hubris. Without the infusion of the pagan tradition into Christianity, the Church would have amounted to nothing. I’ve described before the idea of every person in the world converting to Christianity as grotesque, I think a better word would be evil.

The form that modern Christianity has taken leaves honorable men with little choice but to pursue some form of neopaganism. It is vile and slanderous to say that those who follow this path are betraying their ancestors. The same could easily be said of those who converted to Christianity in the first place. It could also be said of those who converted to the wrong form of Christianity. To honor one’s ancestors is not to slavishly follow their every decision. We honor them by learning from their mistakes.

As culture, religion, and identity are inseparable, if the religions of our ancient ancestors were not valid then our ancestors were not valid. If it was only their conversion to Christianity that gave them value, then it would be no loss if the people of Europe were replaced by people from Africa, the Middle East, or China, provided they were Christian. This idea is despicable. The hatred of paganism displayed by some who claim to care about the future of Europe reveals a cultural masochism.

The West’s self hatred is a deeply rooted spiritual sickness and it will not be easily cured. Jesus and the Bible are not enough and they never were. The only path is to go back to the beginning to a spiritual tradition older and higher than Christianity. Julius Evola believed that this tradition was known in Christian times by the Knights Templar and that their destruction was the beginning of the West’s decline. While it is extremely unlikely that the institutional Church will follow this path, it is at least a path open to the individual.

Templar chivalry was characteristically an order in which fighting and especially “holy war” were regarded as a path of asceticism and liberation. Externally, it embraced Christianity, but in its highest mystery, which was restricted to an inner circle, it went beyond the Christian religion, rejecting the worship of Christ and the main limitations of a devotional type. This chivalry also tended to shift the principle of supreme spiritual authority to a center other than Rome, a center more properly designated with the nobler and more universal term “Temple” rather than “Church.” ~ Julius Evola, The Mystery of the Grail, page 129

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6 thoughts on “What is our Religion?

  1. Being a Christian, I have thought about this question. Why did pagans decide to become Christian? Certainly many did before it became the Roman religion. I think the arena of religion consists of mystical answers to questions, the answers to which tend to be broken down in two ways. The feminine way, which tends towards a market style buying and selling of protection, teachings, entertainment, and then there is the struggle for perfection. We seek to become gods. Turns out it is in Christianity too, though you have to look past this modern church, which was destroyed by bureaucracy, just like the rest of Europe. Indeed, I wonder if Christendom, sans the aristocracy, can really be Christian at all, given that these were the living models that the vast majority need.

    To me, the Trinity is a mystical answer to the struggle for perfection. I don’t think it ends the struggle, but validates it. Of course, few modern Christians even recognize this statement as Christian: “God became man so that man could become God.”

    One of the questions I have about neopaganism, especially to reactionaries is, how to you keep out of the weeds? Surely you see leftist attempts at paganism? Or so many idiots going down to Peru to drink the ayahuasca. They don’t have any sort of practice, defense, or even language with which to deal with the mystical. They think they are achieving something, but too often, they sound like food. I would say they sound like prey, but no, prey actually has a chance to get away. Food is just food, either getting eaten or rotting.

  2. 12:56 we in the West have our own traditions but they are buried in old texts , old beliefs and rituals and long nearly forgotten. Its not surprise that lost folks dabble in things that are like what is there’s but is not truly there’s . They are trying to reclaim what they once had.

    The native “ethnic” faith of White is not Christianity. Far from it. Its a lot closer to animism, the reverence for sacred places and communing nay living among our local spirits and sometimes deities.

    Christianity is the faith of those who wish to rule and those who wish to be ruled but best for a free people.

    The reason for it is simple, for the powerful it provides a unifying ideology,an early sort of transnationalism not that dissimilar to what we have now really. fruit of the same tree in fact. It gives them a tool to whip the masses with and to allow them a tool by which to rule various peoples, many of whom they have no business ruling. Its the subtler form of the brute force used by the Roman Empire and every other Empire.

    For the poor and those who are ruled or need to be ruled, it provides hope. That is a deadly poison.

    As for Asatru, its noble but McNallen a man I greatly admire is wrong, his forms and rituals even modernized are not for all our people. They are Scandinavian maybe modified for Germanics but they aren’t universal and they won’t fit many of our kin who have their own Gods.

    of course if we allow ourselves to separate as we should, the political question of how we protect from the next imperialist or our innumerable foes or just to keep from doing what we prefer, kill each other off. I don’t have an easy answer to that but I can say “Christendom” is over, it won’t be Dar Al Islam either. I can’t tell you what will be , no one can.

  3. Fascinating post. My question is what would a Christianity integrated with its pagan roots actually look like? I have no idea. And are we talking about animism, or actual worship of Roman-Pagan deities. Paganism, presumably, was an even more diverse phenomena than Christianity. So, who’s paganism? In the case of the UK, we had a Celtic Christianity, alongside a Roman Christianity. Which, then, would be more in tune with the egregore of the region and its people?

  4. The Cistercian order of Roman Catholics practiced a Christianity that ended up trying to integrate Europe’s pagan roots. This order gave rise to the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (the Knights Templar) which was the passion that drove the Crusades. It’s also the heritage (if not the practice) that led to the revelations of Julius Evola, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton and Aldous Huxley, as well as G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. The benevolent aspects of the aristocratic system that ended with WWI are the closest the West got to its fulfillment. Neo-reaction is the contemplation of this misplaced future. What’s needed is a plan for its restoration.

    Europe is lost to the Mohammedans. North America is next. China is indifferent. Africa is unreliable. India is chasing its own tail. The Philippines seems to be emerging as the best candidates for the 21st century priesthood. Yet Europe has the pagan roots and North America the moneyed aristocracy.

    Perhaps Silicon Valley and the Googleplex are the new nations in which a neo-pagan Christian tradition will be restored. If so, the Randian Objectivism that rules those nations must first be removed. Find a way to circumvent the feudal lordship problems that fed the simmering class discontent that boiled over in the aftermath of WWI, fund the Filipino priesthood, and you may well have your neo-pagan Christianity.

  5. The Eastern Occident at least will never revert to this kind of belief, it would represent a step into already explored terrain that was found wanting in the wake of Christian revelation. The West, perhaps, but I’d say even in the miraculous event that Western whites become wicker-man burning Pagans, they will be quickly consumed by the Islamic viper in their midst. Monotheism has proven itself to be a far more effective unifier and cause for sacrifice than the Pagan conceptions of spirituality. It’s part of the reason why Islam and Christianity have both become so successful.

    It’s a straw man to suggest that Christianity would imply Europe better were it to be overtaken by brown Christians. People have a right to defend themselves, whether they do or not is down to them, regardless of their belief. If white Christian Frenchmen refuse to do what black Christian citizens of the Central African Republic do to defend themselves, the problem is not in Christianity but in whiteness, and that has to be addressed and corrected. There are indeed Pagan elements to Christianity which are essential to its Occidental character, but I do see the religion as the fulfillment of Paganism, call it arrogant if you like, I’m merely echoing the early Church fathers on this issue. And it should be known Evola scorned the state of Paganism when the Roman Empire collapsed, which was his reason for later attacking the Neo-Pagans. He felt the spirituality he conceived of lay beyond history books, lay in a mythical past. Those who mock Neo-Pagans today are in fact taking their cue from Evola himself.

    It must be accounted for that the entire Occident was captivated by the legend of the God who walked the earth as a man. I do not think it coincidence that Christianity’s appeal was so far-reaching among our people where it found little purchase in places like India, and it is curious that Christianity receives this scorn on the right while at the same time being scorned day in day out by the left. The decline of Western civilization directly correlates to notions that the Christian God does not exist or is, at least, not as described in Scripture (loves abortion, etc.). The most endangered and reprobate societies in the West today, are the ones which have rejected Christianity at the highest levels, Sweden, the UK, Canada, etc.

    The religion needs an overhaul for sure, and I support incorporating the elements present during its Medieval history, however the time has been and gone for gods who live upon mountains. I don’t see any prospects for their revival, not even in the degraded version they appeared in before the onset of Christianity. If people will not take seriously an omnipotent creator God for which good logical arguments exist, it is doubtful they will accept a god of thunder or anything similar. The European Pagan tradition has completely dissolved and its remnants, like it or not, are held in amber by the two original Churches of Europe. It is only through them that the positive aspects of the original European Paganism will be brought out in the future.

    1. God’s true name Yahushua will be restored and there are people who abstain from traditions entangled with paganism here in the US. The strongholds will be pulled down. You have yet to see but it is coming.The true desire to serve him and search out hidden things is rising.

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