‘The Indispensable Christ: Christianity And Reconquest’

‘The Indispensable Christ: Christianity And Reconquest’
January 26, 2018 Admin
Christ, Millet

Greetings men-

Michael Gladius has been contributing articles here at ECW for quite awhile now, and during that time various individuals (including myself) have asked what his views on religion are, since he alludes to them quite a bit.

As a result Michael has started a new series on the question.

I’m sure he and I probably disagree on various components of it, but that’s quite natural, and I think debating this kind of religious/metaphysical stuff is extremely valuable.

Check it out and leave a comment with your own thoughts!

-JL

 

 

 

The Indispensable Christ: The central role Christianity will play in reconquest

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
3. Protestantism
4. Modernism & Socialism
5. Paganism
6. Islam

With this in mind, let us get started with the faith of Tolkien and Poland!

 

The Problem of Evil

Throughout history, men have asked the questions: ‘why does evil exist? And why do good men suffer?’ These questions are often referred to as ‘the problem of evil.’ We all know evil exists, and are baffled at how it always seems to be winning.

I will discuss other faith/philosophies’ answers to the problem of evil in the next columns, but Christianity is the only one that claims to have a solution. Most other systems have a response, but not an actual solution.

The Christian says that man was created good, without evil, and that evil entered into the world from the Fall.

Evil was never meant to be part of our nature.

The old Adam and the old Eve fell from Grace, yet God sent us a new Adam and a new Eve in Jesus and Mary. The new Adam and the New Eve did not succumb to sin, and were every bit as human as we are.

Rather than dictating from afar, God led by example, and experienced all forms of human suffering, including one of the most painful and humiliating forms of death.

St. Thomas Acqinas. From Wikimedia free to use or share.

 

Yet neither he, nor his mother, ever sinned. They are an example and a role model for us all, male and female.

Therefore, there is a solution to the problem of evil in the person of Jesus. Jesus established his Church in order to continue his ministry, and is truly present in every tabernacle of every Catholic Church around the world.

Christianity is the religion of the suffering, the persecuted. It spread across the Roman Empire, despite being illegal for 300 years, against all odds.

In China today, Christianity is growing faster than it ever did before Communism. Africa too, under Islamic and LGBT-globalist persecution, is becoming more Christian than Europe (and its Christian leaders are more opposed to mass immigration than the state-funded European Christian leaders: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/10/24/vatican-cardinal-sarah-nations-have-the-right-to-distinguish-refugees-from-economic-migrants/ ).

Christianity turns evil’s seeming supremacy on its head, and grows best where there are trials and risks. It is not for the comfortable or faint of heart.

 

Monasticism and oligarchy

Roman Catholicism is not a monarchy, despite being mislabeled as such since the Avignon Crisis in 1309. The Church declares that Christ is the king, not the pope.

The pope is more akin to a Prime Minister, a head of a council.

Jesus took 12 disciples, which was customary for kings of the period, and had an inner circle of 3 who were his closest friends and brothers. Peter, the first pope, was one of the 3, and frequently acted as a leader and spokesman for the larger group.

This makes the Church an oligarchy, rather than a monarchy or a democracy. This enables it to fulfill the role of oligarchy in society: unity on a macro scale.

Oligarchy is the middle ground between centralizing all power at the top, which is prone to abuse, and between dispersing all power to the bottom, which frequently results in mob rule, anarchy, and disunion. Oligarchy acts as a stabilizing buffer, or like mid-level officers in an army whose focus is on operations rather than tactics, but may still override a subordinate’s decision if it is bad.

Roman Catholicism is ideally suited for unification of diverse groups of people under a single cultural banner. As history has shown, it is possible to do this without erasing borders or national differences.

Roman Catholics united the Occident to fight the Crusades, and the Holy Roman Empire ruled over dozens of nations without extinguishing them.

Even today, Poland has taken in thousands of refugees from Ukraine and the Middle East. The catch is, they have not accepted any of the Mohammedans, and this is why the EU is threatening to sue them.

Mohammedan refugees are the problem, Christian refugees are not.

Catholicism also has given us a model of communal life which is not stifling to individuals.

Rather than a balancing act, Catholicism reconciles many seeming contradictions by having both fully present simultaneously. A lesser-known joke is that the Church’s teaching is black-and-white because it knows that white is also a color (not an absence of color); therefore, its flag has a black stripe and a white stripe, not a single grey one. Rather than a one-dimensional worldview that sees contradictions (shades of grey), Catholicism seamlessly weaves the many colors into the same tapestry.

As mentioned in my Article on Rivendell, Monasticism was a critical part of Europe’s history for over a millennium. Monastic ideals were central to Europeans’ mindset and culture, and when the monasteries were removed, the mindset changed dramatically.

An Anti-bourgeois mindset

Today, our mindset is not of monks, but of merchants.

The monastic life involves voluntary submission to one’s superior, while also requiring superiors to pay heed to those under their care, since they will be held accountable for their actions.

The monks were hard workers, but saw labor as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. Business and money were a tool, nothing more. The purpose of life was to become holy, and attain Heaven.

Rather than being plain and austere, the monasteries were beautiful and uplifting structures. The rules did not stifle happiness, but gave it structure.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux. From wikimedia free to use or share.

 

Even today, monasteries are often places of great joy and cheerful disposition. On the secular side, this joy and desire for the happiness of Heaven led to the adornment of every aspect of living.

The spirit of living was one of great desire, of singing, and of passion. Even in Ireland, with its sober piety, there is an appeal in its music and culture that retains this spirit of joy, even amid hardship.

What we have today, instead, is a more disinterested attitude towards everything. Like the merchant, who sees no difference between cheap-made items and quality items, we see everything as a business exchange. Freedom is described as indifference to good and evil (Reference to ‘Victoriana’ essay), being freer suggesting an even more disinterested capacity to choose one or the other. It is so ingrained in our psyche, that the only morality left is ‘consent.’ It does not matter what the act is, so long as both sides consent to it. From this, all we can see is the breaking down of barriers. Beyond that, we see nothing.

 

Scholasticism and mysticism

Roman Catholicism led to the full flowering of the Occident’s many civilizations. Although the road was anything but straight and smooth, Catholicism united the Germans, Slavs, and Celts when Rome’s legions failed.

Irish monks preserved the knowledge of the Classical era through the barbarian invasions, and then brought them back into the mainstream of Europe. The barbarians wanted the benefits of Roman civilization, but not to the point of slavish copying. The Monasteries did exactly this.

Within Europe, two main branches of theology emerged: the scholastics and the mystics.

The scholastics were more popular in France, while the mystics were popular in Germany.

Scholasticism embraced logic and reason, frequently citing Aristotle. They hoped to develop the intellect as far as possible, and saw no contradiction between faith and reason. Unlike the 18th-century rationalists, they did not reduce man to his mind alone, but sought harmonious integration of mind, body, and soul.

Many scholastics were philosophers, but others were scientists and Renaissance Men. Men like St. Thomas Aquinas were hungry for depth and diversity in their studies, and sought to know the three things required for the salvation of men: what he ought to believe, desire, and do.

No less impressive were the mystics. The mystics emphasized prayer and personal connection to God.

Murdoch, Murdoch Sword

 

The Christian God is unique because he can be known, despite our limited capacity to do so.

God is love, a positive force that does not rely on the existence of evil to be real.

Our God demands obedience, but desires the same loving obedience that a child gives to his parents. His justice and his mercy are signs of hope for all those who wish to attain Heaven.

The mystics sought to strengthen, and live lives based upon, this spiritual connection.

Many of them experienced ecstasies; that is, experiencing what Heaven is like while still on Earth.

Their written works primarily concern prayer and visions, and occasionally even prophecies. For Occidentals curious about spiritual renewal, St. Therese of Avila and St. John of the Cross are more significant than the Illiad and Odyssey.

 

Conclusion

Roman Catholicism has been part and parcel of Europe for 2000 years. Its mentality and way of thinking are deeply entwined with Europe’s, and its abandonment has only resulted in chaos, of which we are now in the final stage.

Both history and current events disprove the criticism that bad Church leaders render it irrelevant, as the Church has endured both monarchy and democracy, both popes and antipopes, and both individualism and collectivism.

No other system has survived intact as the Church has. It is the Church of All Ages.

As Our Lady of Fatima foretold in 1917, when our enemies feel they have triumphed, they will fall flat upon their faces, and only then will they realize that they had never won.

The enemy will fall, the Church of Christ will stand. And I will stand with my God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anybody wishes to look into this subject further, I recommend the following links and books:

https://www.churchmilitant.com/ – Orthodox Catholic News Service. Church Militant refers to the Church on Earth, who are still alive. The Church Suffering are the souls in Purgatory waiting to enter Heaven, and the Church Triumphant are those who have entered Heaven.
https://onepeterfive.com/ – Another Orthodox Catholic News Service
https://www.catholicgentleman.net/ – Think Art of Manliness for Catholics.

 

Books:

Anything by G. K. Chesterton. My favorites are ‘What’s Wong with the World’ (1910), ‘Orthodoxy’ (1908), and ‘The Flying Inn’ (1914- about an Islamic Britain, no less!)
Anything by Hilaire Belloc. A contemporary of Chesterton, he focuses on history and economics. His best-known work is ‘The Servile State’ (1912), which describes the fundamental differences between slave economies, distributist economies, capitalism, and communism.
Pocket Summa Theologia. A pocket version of Aquinas’ masterpiece, it is much easier to read and cheaper (the unabridged version is 4 volumes). These can be found at Tan Publishing Company: https://www.tanbooks.com/

 

 

 

 

Comments (11)

  1. Michael Gladius 4 weeks ago

    An Exhortation to Men from the Diocese of Phoenix: ‘Into the Breach!’

    http://intothebreach.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/INTO-THE-BREACH-ROMAN-CATHOLIC-DIOCESE-OF-PHOENIX.pdf

    I should also mention the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Alliance_of_Catholic_Knights) and Fraternus (https://www.fraternus.net/how-it-works/start-a-chapter/) here. I myself am a member of the Knights of Columbus, and it is an extraordinary organization of men. In Ukraine and the Middle East, the Knights are at the center and forefront of what little aid our brethren over there are receiving. While the modern world supplies the Mohammedan hordes and antagonizes Russia, the Knights are leading from the front.

    I am proud to be one of them.

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      Admin 4 weeks ago

      Interesting. I know a lot of those hardcore Italian dudes in New Jersey are Knights of Columbus too.

  2. Unknown 4 weeks ago

    Loving the enemy gives chance to come to peace. However, only if the enemy does the same. if the enemy chooses to use the opportunity for making an easy victim, it will happen that way.
    What has happened to countries like Syria, Turkey, northern Africa? Once they were of Christian faith, now they are not. Others, like Spain, have become Christian again, but not by love for the enemy.
    If you would really love the enemy, you would also love to see how he takes away your wealth, your your country, your wife, like the self-suicidalists obviously do. It is an immense inferiority complex.

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      Admin 3 weeks ago

      There’s very few descriptions of or ‘propositions’ of Christianity I find persuading in a sort of utilitarian manner (relating to our predicament vis a vis Europe, etc) but Jordan Peterson definitely advances one.

      Obviously he’s a little different-minded than me on some questions, however I think his way of describing Christianity is spot on and is very attractive for me. Its muscular and thoughtful and *wise* rather than purposefully naive and wimpy and anti-thinking.

      Which is saying something, because 99% of Christian ‘propositions’ just turn me off completely, whether the Evangelical kind or the hippie liberal kind increasingly prevalent.

      • Kadphises 3 weeks ago

        Julian and Michael Gladius, you guys should go on Andy “Racy” Warski’s show and discuss with Survive the Jive “Will Christianity save Europe?” (Or even better with Guillaume Faye or Norman Lowell/Daniel S. Forrest about the vision for Europe’s post-reconquista future)

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          Admin 3 weeks ago

          Yeah I’m not that familiar with the dude but I did just see one of his videos pop up on my feed I believe. I’ll check him out.

          I have always said that Christianity likely isn’t capable of being the force that saves Europe, although I in watching more and more Jordan Peterson I think a decent case can be made, DEPENDING on what one means by ‘Christianity’. If its sort of a combination of Christianity/ancestor worship/Tolkienism type of thing I think that would work, but a lot of other visions of Christianity I don’t.

          • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

            “The Church, then, must have her passion days even as Christ, and must be condemned in three languages, in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, in the cultures of Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens, in the name of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Now as then the representatives of these three cultures pass beneath the cross and ask that the Church give up and come down.

            Those who crucify her in the name of the good, shout unto her: ‘Come down from your belief in the spiritual destiny of man; come down from your belief that man has been made to the image and likeness of God; come down from your belief in the sanctity of marriage, come down and we will believe.’

            Those who crucify in the name of the true, pass beneath the cross and plead: ‘Come down from your belief that there is such a thing as truth; come down from your belief in the divinity of Christ and the existence of God; come down from your belief in the continued life and truth of Christ in His Church. Can you not see that there are other crosses on Calvary beside your own? Come down and we will believe.’

            Those who crucify in the name of the beautiful shout: ‘Come down from your belief that salvation is purchased through mortification; come down from your belief that the only way to save a life is to lose it; come down from your belief that another world is to be purchased by the tempered enjoyment of this one! See the straits to which your philosophy has already led you. Your flesh is hanging like purple rags. Come down and we will believe.’

            The divinely supreme miracle of Christ’s whole life and the Church is that she does not come down….A human being would have stepped down with the same impetuousness with which weak men answer timid challenges. The miracle is to be able to come down, and yet not to come down; to have been Gnostic in the first century, to have been Arian in the fourth, and to be pagan in the twentieth. It is always easy to let the age have its head, but it is difficult to keep one’s own. It is always easy to fall; there are a thousand angles at which a thing will fall but only one at which it stands, and that is the angle at which the Church is poised between heaven and earth.”

            Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, The Divine Romance (1930)

        • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

          I’d be down for that. 🙂

    • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

      Love is tied to truth. Telling the truth humiliates the liars, and those who use violence on behalf of a lie can be taught or discouraged by someone who is willing to defend the truth and even kill for it. Read Thomas Aqunias’ works for the pre-modernist viewpoint. 😉

      Loving our enemies does not forbid us from defending ourselves. Loving an enemy means praying for his soul and showing restraint when the time is right. If he is an immediate threat, then to resist him is to love him, since some evil men can be discouraged by a strong defense. Others will crumble at the first punch to the face. The rioters at Kent State in 1970 believed that they were the good guys until the national guard began shooting at them. Violence is a great way to drop the modern mask.

      The former territories that are now under the heel of Islam were snuffed out by Sharia, which is a lie backed by violence. Islam appeals to the carnal part of man, and encourages fatalism, indulgence, and apathy. The Mohammedans are willing to kill for a lie, the Crusades and Reconquista were for the truth:
      http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/in-defence-of-the-new-knighthood/

  3. Michael Gladius 2 weeks ago
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      Admin 2 weeks ago

      Interesting.

      That whole zone of Africa where Islam meets Christianity meets Animism geographically is really fascinating.

      It will be interesting to see how the demographic explosion of Africa impacts the world/politics/religion as a whole.

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