Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand lead the
Reconquistadors, holding aloft a cross
For God and the Reconquest of the West!
February 17, 2010
articles in TOO have expressed
diametrically opposed views of the proper place of Christianity in the fight
to save the West demographically.
outlines Friedrich Nietzsche’s critical view of Christianity and its
origins. Nietzsche ridiculed the traditional religion of the West as senile
and decadent and speculated that Christianity was invented by embittered
Jews, especially St. Paul, to turn the lower classes against Rome and thus
provide Israel with a degree of freedom from Roman rule.
Colhaze is loyal to Christianity. He attacks Nietzsche’s character and
sanity, portraying his writings as fanciful and his superman ideal as
monstrous social Darwinism. He praises Christianity for embodying the love
and compassion of Christ that empowers believers.
agreements and disagreements with both perspectives based on the criterion
of what is good for the survival of ethnic groups that adopt Christianity,
though my main interest is the corporate survival of Western peoples. I come
down roughly in the middle of the two positions, though tilting decidedly
towards a Christianity of the traditional variety informed by anthropology
in his article “Nietzsche and the
Origins of Christianity,”
demonstrates considerable sympathy for the German philosopher
1844, died 1900. Dalton reveals aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophy that will
be attractive to many White advocates, as we shall see.
began his treatment of Christianity with a bold accusation — that it is
decadent, weak, and nihilistic. Dalton writes: “It led to a sickly,
subservient, herd morality, and suffocated the quest for human excellence.
Worst of all, it replaced a life-affirming naturalness with an otherworldly,
life-denying negativism. It has become, in fact, ‘the greatest misfortune of
mankind so far.’”
must be radically wrong. The Church ministered to European peoples during
our long resistance to Islamic aggression, our invention of science and
industry, and our spectacular global expansion. That includes all three
Christian worlds — Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. The arrest of Western
confidence and expansion and its accelerating contraction have coincided
with the liberalization of Christianity or its actual suppression under
communist regimes. I shall take up this theme again.
disaster of Christianity can only be explained, Nietzsche thought, by
understanding its Jewish origins. Jesus and the apostles were Jewish, as
were Mark, Luke and Paul and the many unknown authors who contributed to the
New Testament. This meant that Christianity is stamped with the Jewish
character, which Nietzsche refers to as “race.” That character comes through
in the slave morality embodied by the religion from the beginning, which
Nietzsche interprets to be Paul’s strategy to subvert the masses of the
Roman Empire, weaken Rome’s aristocratic grip on its far-flung provinces,
and thus give Israel a chance to break free.
It should be
emphasized that this is speculation.
success of this alleged strategy Nietzsche mainly blames the West. Dalton
quotes Nietzsche: “There is no
excuse whatever for their failure to dispose of such a sickly and senile
product of decadence [as the Christian God].But a curse lies upon them for
this failure: they have absorbed sickness, old age, and contradiction into
all their instincts — and since then they have not
another god. Almost two thousand years — and not one new god!”
that a fitting — a fitness enhancing? — re-conception of religion needs to
be “a truly uplifting, life-affirming, and ennobling enterprise — decidedly
unlike Judeo-Christianity — and must never be taken as permanent and
absolute truth. All superstitious, i.e. anti-natural, religions are out of
the question. The human condition, and human ‘salvation’, must be firmly
rooted in the present, physical world — the
wholeheartedly agree with the need for a religion that engages reality,
especially the reality of humans as an evolved species with biological
interests of survival and continuity. However I cannot accept such a
negative depiction of the traditional religion of the West. At the same time
I have difficulties with blanket praise for what it has become, which brings
me to the article critical of Nietzsche.
Colhaze, in his article “Nietzsche and No End” turns
Nietzsche’s critical blowtorch back on its inventor. Colhaze describes
Nietzsche’s superman as “[a] kind of socio-Darwinian zombie whose general
credo is the exact reversal of Christian ethics. Goodness is stupidity,
compassion the dumbness of slaves, beauty ugliness, love utter contempt,
gentleness dirt under his fingernail. In short, a two-hundred-fifty-page
glorification of hate without any strings attached.”
I agree that
Nietzsche’s superman is not the sort of person to invite for dinner, at
least to the family table. And would he be someone who could be relied upon?
I also agree with Colhaze that this so-called superman evinces some social-Darwinistic
values which should be rejected. But social Darwinism is not the same as
modern evolutionary theory and it has never constituted the theory. In fact
Darwin himself was interested in untangling the causes of morality and
compassion, not abolishing them, even if at the same time he was quietly
proud of his English and European identity and pessimistic about the
potential of primitive races.
It is one
thing to criticize Nietzsche’s excesses, another to rubbish his call for a
religion that respects reality. Colhaze does so by mischaracterizing the
a process similar to tossing an infinite amount of golf
balls into the air, each numbered, and each falling accidentally into a hole
with the corresponding number.
alternative, Colhaze concludes, is an omnipotent God, “one whom I believe to
be solely responsible for the world’s creation and its grandiose theatre,
though not for the crimes of mankind which cause about ninety nine percent
of all its suffering.” Actually the great majority of suffering is caused by
competing life strategies, e.g. between predator and prey.
Colhaze believes that Christianity delivers “man’s
highest and most sublime aspiration. An aspiration to consummate, on a
strictly personal level, Christ’s divine message of Love and Compassion. A
message that is, for those who handle it calmly, an inexhaustible font of
joy and inner certainty, a way of life that can brace adversities more
thoroughly than any other. And a message that might one day,
many a summer, enable mankind to live in the Utopia we sometimes dreamt
about when we were young.”
The science of
human bonding is converging remarkably on the moral truths of Christianity,
especially the traditional Catholic ordering of love and duty. Christianity
does distil and train a purity of attachment dependent on abstract
intelligence. Since our ancestors converted at the urging and example of
pioneer Medieval monks, we have been enjoined to nurture our families and
local communities and to stand against the heathen at the city gate.