Below is the newest article from the esteemed Michael Gladius, chief Cruasder and Grand Inquisitor of the Reconquest!
Pity the poor non-believers who meet his sword when we unleash hell on the murderers of Europe 🙂
Just playing around but as always big thanks to Michael for his excellent article- it provides a good impassioned counterbalance to my own normie-Chad tendencies 🙂
I’m trying to encourage him to write his own first book so ya’ll can help back me up on that in the comments section if you want.
Greet The Greeks – The Indispensible Christ by Michael Gladius
Welcome back, gentle reader, to a new series on Christianity and reconquest. I have been asked by several excellent ECW commentators to write my thoughts on Christianity, and I am excited to finally answer their questions. This subject is broad and deep, so I have decided to split it into multiple columns, in the following order:
1. Roman Catholicism
2. Greek Orthodoxy
4. Modernism & Socialism
With this in mind, let us move on to our Eastern cousins, the Greek Orthodox Churches.
The Great Schism
Christendom was fully united for 1000 years after the life of Jesus.
It was truly ‘catholic,’ that is, universal. Highly popular with the slave classes and peasantry, Christianity reached from Spain to China. The united Church held firm against Arianism and other heresies for 300 years, and provided hope and renewal to the Ancient world as Rome began its long decline.
The old Greco-Roman system was an urban slave economy, held together by a theocracy and Rome’s legions.
The Mediterranean Sea was ideal for commerce and transportation, so luxury goods were readily available. Regions further inland were accessible via road, courtesy of Rome’s legionnaires.
If an army was not fighting a war, it was customary to employ soldiers in construction projects, both for cost-efficiency and to keep the soldiers’ engineering skills honed.
The great advantage of the slave economy was its stability. With production predictably consistent from year to year, the aristocracy embraced a lifestyle of enriched/enlightened leisure.
Hence the origin of what we today call ‘the classics.’ Powerful patrons enabled many geniuses and artisans to refine their craft without needing to concern themselves with earning a wage.
As time went on, the small farmers were slowly squeezed out of their lands by larger aristocratic families, whose estates relied largely on slave labor.
Urbanization occurred gradually, as freemen migrated to the cities, seeking wealth and hoping to emulate the aristocratic lifestyle. Ultimately, money became the glue which held together the army, which in turn held the empire together. Whoever commanded the army commanded the empire. There was no other method.
The downside of this system involved the great demands such a wealthy lifestyle (and expensive army) demanded.
Men became accustomed to spending their prime years devoting themselves to the state and to commerce, in the hope of becoming wealthy.
In doing so, they postponed family life until their later years, never married at all, or satisfied themselves with prostitutes and sodomy. The native population declined, but maintained its wealth by importing large numbers of foreigners as slaves to perform the manual labor.
Eventually, the alien classes became so numerous that the Romans and Greeks could not control them, and the barbarians seized the land for themselves. Rome’s legions lost their discipline, and dissolved. When the army disappeared, so did the empire (see Hans Delbruek’s excellent 4-part series for details of how this happened).
Thanks to Christianity, family life was restored in the west. The family under paganism was a mere subunit of the greater tribe, but the United Church declared marriage a sacrament, ordained by God, which was autonomous unto itself.
This did not destroy the tribal structure, but balanced it. Thanks to Christianity’s popularity with the slaves and serfs, the nuclear family became a universal norm across all parts of society, not just the aristocracy.
As Rome weakened, the east-west cultural divide between Italy and Greece widened. The Greek-speaking eastern half of the Roman Empire became more powerful, and Constantine relocated his capital from Rome to Constantinople.
The majority of Christians lived in the east, and spoke Greek, yet the United Church did not relocate its capital from Rome, the Bishopric of Peter.
This was a radical departure from the old Roman system, in which church and state were one and the same, with the emperor at its head. The Church sought to maintain its autonomy, particularly after battling Arianism, which had the backing of great imperial prestige.
Eventually, disputes between the eastern bishops and western bishops grew stronger.
The decisive question was whether the pope held any special authority, or was no more powerful than any other bishop.
The Western Christians affirmed that Peter’s office had special authority, supremacy, and power, while the Greek bishops argued that he was merely a ‘first among equals.’ The Byzantine Emperors tried to retain the caesaropapism of the old Rome, effectively making the emperors supreme political and religious leaders. Western Christians insisted the latter role belonged to the Pope, separating the two functions into equal independent institutions.
This debate came to a decision sooner than expected, as Islamic armies overran 3 of the 4 major Greek-speaking Patriarchates (Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem). Prior to this, the Papacy in Rome often acted as a mediator between the 4 Greek Patriarchates, but with 3 of them consumed, the dynamic became a simpler, East-vs-West debate between Constantinople and Rome.
Eventually, on July 16th, 1054, the Pope in Rome excommunicated Michael Cerularius, the Patriarch in Constantinople, for challenging the Primacy of the Papal Office. Four days later, Cerularius excommunicated the Pope.
At the time, this was not seen as a climactic or even unusual event, and most Christians still considered the Church unified. Yet as time went on, political, commercial, and cultural differences led to greater separation between East and West.
Greek Orthodoxy Today
Today, there are still few significant differences between Eastern and Western Christianity. The Greek Churches are all orthodox, and stand for family and against Islam. The manosphere has begun to warm up to Greek Orthodoxy because of this, especially in light of Protestantism becoming more progressive.
Catholicism’s course is more erratic, its clergy alternating between neutral moderates, iron traditionalists, and progressive revolutionaries. At first glance, Greek Orthodoxy would seem to have its mind made up, and its nationalism is also greatly appealing. More on the latter in a second.
The Greek Churches retain the venerable clerical hierarchy, which is something that the modern world needs. Traditional Christian sects often appeal to young men through this method. Monasticism is also present, although not nearly to the extent in Catholicism.
In the Roman Church, there are numerous Greek branches which are loyal to the pope, and their Greek Rites are accepted as valid, although they are a minority compared to the majority who follow the Roman Rite (were total reunification to occur, then the Greek Catholic Churches would increase from 16 million members to over 250 million).
The Greek Catholic Churches use rites practically identical to those of our cousins. The Greek Orthodox Churches generally have more in common with the mystics than the scholastics, as their emphasis on prayer is greater.
Therefore, the Greek Orthodoxy cannot be called heretics, but rather schismatics. This division is almost solely due to the debate over the authority of the pope. This is also the source of Greek Orthodoxy’s Achilles heel: lack of unity.
Today, the Greek Orthodox Church is divided among itself, as well as from the Western Church.
Most of its divisions are along national lines (not to be confused with nation-state lines). There is a Russian Orthodox Church for Russians, a Romanian Church for Romanians, a Serbian Church for Serbians, and a Greek Church for Greeks.
While some would make the theological argument that Christ has a bride, not a harem, in practice this translates to disunity and petty nationalism that prevents any sort of cultural unity among Christians.
It would not be inaccurate to describe Greek Orthodoxy as a form of nationalist Christianity. Each nation has its own church, and traditionally the Greeks have been closer to the state than their western cousins.
There is great rivalry among the Greek Churches that dwarfs the disputes found in western Catholicism (and even then, most of the latter’s problems are tied to money and the rising power of the secular state at the Church’s expense- to be discussed in future chapters).
A good example of this is the Crusades. In order to fight the Mohammedans, the Byzantine emperors could not call upon fellow Greeks as the pope could.
While the pope could call crusaders from France, Britain, and Germany, the only way to get a unified Greek response was with the backing of the emperor’s army.
Even as Constantinople was besieged in 1453, the pope could call crusades while Serbia allied with the Ottomans to help defeat the crusade.
In the 20th century, Greek Orthodoxy was likewise unable to offer unified resistance to Communism in Russia, or any other country in Eastern Europe. Today, there is a spirited debate among Russian Orthodox Christians in Ukraine over whether they should fight for their nation-state or to side with their brothers in faith.
Petty nationalism is poison to European unity, and has no place in a reunited Christianity.
It is a form of hubris, plain and simple, and will offer no defense against modernism and Islam. It can slow them, but not stop them. Under the best circumstances, we would defeat the worst of the world, only to collapse from the worst of our own people. Pride goeth before the fall.
Roman Catholicism has the answer to this. It is a church that can unite South Americans, Africans, Europeans, and Asiatics against modernism, and fully restore our cultures without erasing them.
The office of the pope is the key to this unity. With a supreme leader, not a first among equals, the Church has a unity which the Greek Churches have failed to replicate. Those who are too proud to give up their control will not survive the coming storm.
Therefore, pray for unity among Christians, that the schism may come to an end, and that our eastern brothers will not be destroyed in detail any longer.
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