Christian Reaction

As Neoreaction fades into a type of extreme Libertarianism that guarantees it will be absorbed by demotist forces with credit cards instead of ballots, more are considering the basic idea of Reaction itself: that modernity, based in equality applied by government, is a path to suicide and that we need cultural, religious and leadership guidance instead.

One form that appears fascinating is Christian Reaction, or the group of Reactionaries who base their worldview in a resurrected Christian nation instead of a purely leadership or cultural solution. The good side of this is that what they advocate is necessary and positive; the bad side is that sometimes, it can replace other things that need to be done, and become a scapegoat or false solution.

Where the Christian Reactionaries are most correct is at their core, which has two parts:

  • Morality. Civilizations die because their citizens become individualistic after there is too much tolerance for not-good people, usually during wartime or plagues when extra hands are needed. The natural tendency of civilization however is to increase social order, so that more survive, and to spare lives from the horrors of the pre-civilization era. The only way to restrain this natural entropy is to have a society that is morally alert to all transgressions, no matter how small, and constantly shedding those who are inclined toward any path other than good. This seems too extreme to most, so they settle for throwing out the extreme bad instead of generally removing the failed, and Christian Reaction has no patience for this.
  • Self-Discipline. Spiritual practice occurs through the denial of impulses and a redirection of that energy toward wholesome things. In particular, prayer and meditation increase focus, especially among the intelligent, who are otherwise prone to become chaos monkeys indulging in personal pretense and thus splitting society into many directions, few of which are relevant. Christian Reaction emphasizes personal growth through self-discipline and the necessity of it as a basis for society as a whole.

At the end of much of philosophy, we arrive at these two concepts as the only way to slow or prevent civilization decline. It cannot be done with authority alone, nor by filtering out the bad alone, because it is necessary to redirect the normal and intelligent toward the good, including things that seem “un fun” like chastity, relative sobriety, pride in tribe, and focus on moral goods — aspiration to excellence — above all else.

Unfortunately, Christianity today is a ruin and it has been for many centuries. In particular, the Catholic popes interfered with the absolute rule of the kings, introducing the kind of committee politics that specialize in making bad decisions in order to avoid upsetting the varied special interest groups sitting at the table. At this point, almost all churches are fallen, chasing Leftist ideals as a vain hope for restoring the people who once attended, forgetting that people come to church for the kind of discipline, purpose and guidance that only religion can provide.

In particular, the Catholic churches are worst about this, identifying with the victim narrative and opposing any kind of strong and healthy power that might compete with the church and papacy. This makes them toxic in every way and prone to thwarting the exercise of necessary changes. Traditional Western European focus is less Protestant than anti-Catholic, as we saw with the Nativist movements and the conversion of much of Europe. The popes thwarted the kings, and so sensible people ejected the popes.

Many on the Christian Reaction front call sensibly for a renewal of Christianity through a return to its core focus, including its Greco-Roman, Nordic Pagan and Hindu roots, among the many other influences that were compiled into the Bible. The point here is to not get caught up in specifics and rules, but look at the purpose of the religion, which is a meditative realism leading to transcendental understanding.

Some advocate a monistic Christianity. This is important because its opposite, dualism, argues for the presence of two worlds: a perfect heaven and an imperfect earth. This causes disregard of what happens in this world in anticipation of the next, and conveys the notion that the rules of this world are nonsense or illogical, both of which propel Christians toward emotional but unrealistic paths.

If Christian Reaction has its way, a future Christianity will be both more militant and more naturalistic. It will not fall into the easy excuses of being individualistic or ignoring the world. It will be an active, warlike Christianity that even Fred Nietzsche could approve of. For this reason, even metaphysical skeptics have reason to explore Christian Reaction.

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10 Responses to “Christian Reaction”

  1. Thanks for mentioning the Bible’s “pagan” and Hindu roots, which are clear but denied by most modern Christian apologists. Fred was not against Christ as a transcendent ideal, but rather “Christ” as the ugly demotic idol of Belle Époque Europe

  2. crow says:

    Christians get so many things wrong that it becomes difficult to identify anything they get right.
    Perhaps the one thing that remains is the notion that God comes first, above anything else.
    This is so. Not because it is written, or because somebody says it, but because unless this is so, life goes by without even being noticed, let alone lived.

    “Did you live your life?” a fictional St. Peter might ask. What are you going to say?
    “Um… No, I raced through it to get to Heaven!”
    “Sorry mate, no Heaven for you. Try to get it right, next time.”

    And that’s all she wrote.

  3. AntiDem says:

    The idea that the West can be saved without a return to Christianity is delusion. The idea that any civilization can be saved without piety toward its traditional gods of the polis is delusion. Even if some remnant manages to limp along, it will be nothing like what it was in the past. There’s a reason why historians had to invent the term “Byzantine” to describe the Roman Empire once it had rejected its old gods in favor of Jesus Christ. Past a certain point, there wasn’t very much that was “Roman” about it at all.

    Anyhow, Mr. Bergoglio is a nightmare, but the Church has survived bad Popes plenty of times in the past, and we will again. The liberal priest bubble is just that – a bubble. It is the result of a certain historical interlude during which becoming a priest was still high-status enough that normal people wanted to do it, and they did, bringing their Baby Boomer liberal ideas along with them. Past a certain point in time, however, people only became priests if they were really super serious about their religion, because the status of the priesthood had dropped dramatically (and because homosexuality rose in status, meaning that whereas many homosexuals in the past chose a life of high-status celibacy in the priesthood, they now simply lived openly as homosexuals in civil society). As with so many other areas of life, once the Church is free from the “leadership” of the Baby Boomers, things will start getting exponentially better very quickly.

    • -A says:

      Much agreed. Franny Evita might be turning out to not be so bad if what I heard about complaining about fake news = coprophilia turns out to be true. Same for the fact that he is a Jesuit and is likely not going to do anything to further damage the traditions of the Church. We’ll see though, won’t we? An interesting upcoming series on Showtime starring Jude Law, The Young Pope, seems like an interesting show. It will probably be pozzed in every neghole, though.

    • Avraham Rosenblum says:

      It seems unlikely that Western civilization is unconnected to Christianity. That seems absurd on the face of it. [That does not stop people from trying to make a case in that direction.] I think a lot has to do with what kind of person people follow. That is when people admire and look up to some one who was genuinely good they get something of that good in them. The actual theory and worldview might be very much secondary.

  4. Dr. Evil says:

    This article is refreshing.

    Leftism is too permissive. Christianity is too intolerant (judge mental) in its modern practice. But they do clean up the acts of a lot of the hopeless leftist drug addicts and set them on the right path! possibly better than the mental hospitals do…

    Mercantilism (economic nationalism), returning to rule of law, and rugged individualism (stake your claim off the grid) seem to be some of the answers that will help our society.

  5. -A says:

    A reformed Catholicism is more likely what will rejuvenate Christianity. There were many liberal problems with the Vatican but, that is because after the Crusades, it all went to shit. They forgot that it was European interests that unified Europeans through Chivalric Catholicism.

    Protestantism was revolutionary at its very core and the majority of its motive. The Catholics weren’t liberal enough for them. They are the champions of dualism whereas even the most church lady of Nuns will admit to the Pagan origins of Catholic belief structure and practice. There really is no beating Catholic ritual and mysticism. Even the watered down tripe of more modern parishes are much more beautiful and dignified than what you get from those damn Protestants. I say it time and again…they are just impossible.

  6. Look, if corporate religion did all those good things, obviously Western civilization would not be in the condition it is now. If there were, somehow, a great spiritual revival and Europe were, someway, traditionally reset – a couple generations later, things would appear precisely the way they do now. Organized Christianity is a flawed and faulty system. Future Catholicism will look exactly like what Pope Francis has institutionalized – only with more multiculturalism and more mariachi masses.

    In the long run, more faith will just yield more futility. The only answer is to withdraw from mass humanity; the solution is not Reaction, but wilderness. When Anglo-America eventually collapses, the lone individualist might withdraw from society and finally discover authentic sanctity.

  7. Bruno says:

    I’ve been watching some “neutral” documentaries about the Reconquista and the role of the Knights Templar and these guys were amazing.

    Total abandonment of the self, individualism was forbidden, the only thing in their lives was purpose (driving out the Moors from Europe and then expand Christianity/European Civilization >>> “to turn darkness into light”).

    Today, the exact opposite is happening, darkness is swallowing the light and we do nothing about it.

    To become a Knight, one had to be introduced by someone who was already a member and renounce everything for a life of service to their civilization. They did everything to make the candidates give up and only the most dedicated were allowed in.

    P.S.: The skull and crossed femur bones flag normally associated with pirates is actually a Templar Christian flag.

  8. George says:

    Christianity is reality. God the Father Almighty created reality. If you use that as the basis of your metaphysical assumption, than all truth is “Christian” because it is the Truth.

    Therefore if you are coming to erroneous conclusions (e.g. you need to commit suicide so foreign anti-Christians can take your land) you are misunderstanding both Christianity and reality – they are one and the same.

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