Killer wants a “re-Christianized” Europe without God or Christ
Yesterday I said, based on statements in the manifesto, that Anders Breivik is a “cultural Christian,” not a Christian, let alone a Christian fundamentalist. Reader Lauren W. has sent another passage from the manifesto that expands on Breivik’s view of the place of Christianity in Europe. While he himself is not a believer, he wants a re-united, re-invigorated, “non-suicidal” Church—a kind of reborn Church militant from the Middle Ages—to play a dominant part in European life. But then he adds that science must take “undisputed precedence over biblical teachings.” So he wants a reinvigorated, non-suicidal Church which doesn’t believe in God or Christ but believes, presumably, in Darwinian material reductionism. I hope I don’t need to explain how incoherent this is.
Breivik also says that he belongs to the Norway state church, and he calls himself “100 percent Christian.” However, in the context of his other statements, I would translate that as “100 percent nominal Christian,” or “100 percent cultural Christian.” As a reader reminded us yesterday, even the arch-atheist and Christianity-hater Richard Dawkins calls himself a cultural Christian, which shows how little cultural Christianity means. Yet Breivik wants this empty-of-God, cultural-Christian Church to launch a new Crusade to liberate the Balkans and Turkey from the Muslims and establish three Christian states (excuse me, three cultural-Christian states) in the Near East.
Remember how certain neoconservatives used to talk all the time about the need for a restoration of religion in America, even though they themselves were non-believers? Breivik seems like a super-case of the same syndrome.
Q: Are you a religious man, and should science take priority over the teachings of the Bible?
In connection with the above, here is a laconic e-mail exchange I had this morning with a correspondent:
Karl D. writes:
Whenever I hear the word “Cultural Christian,” especially off the lips of a liberal, I think of someone looking on in awe of the Sistine Chapel, and that’s where it ends.Bill Carpenter writes:
You know whom Breivik reminds me of… Conservative Swede.LA replies:
I had the same thought earlier today. Or rather, he reminds of Conservative Swede prior to summer of 2007, when Swede suddenly became hostile to the West, Christianity, and me, whom he saw as the defender of the West and Christianity. Up to that point, he was a classic “cultural Christian”: disbelieving in God, liking the Christian culture of the West, and with leanings toward a cult of power. After his turn, he began to propose some neo Germanic paganism as a replacement for Christianity, and said he welcomed the destruction of the West. The trajectory from cultural Christianity toward greater and greater nihilism is another thing the two have in common.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 26, 2011 11:34 AM | Send