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Communiqu #49
The Myth of Christianity

This nation was founded by religious fundamentalists. The Puritans had been driven first from
their homes in England, and then from their exile in Holland, to the New World, where they proceeded to
found what would over a century later become the United States. The extremities of their views had made
them unwelcome in their own lands, and so they were forced to flee. One need only read the works of the
early Puritan fathers, such as Jonathan Edwards and Cotton Mather, to glean an idea of their essentially
anti-human worldview. At its core, Puritanism, and the ideology it claimed to represent- Christianity- holds
that man is inherently evil, will always sin, will never redeem himself on this earth.
This is one of the fundamental errors of religion as a whole, and Christianity especially. Man is
held up against himself as a flawed thing. Man has abdicated his own essence and truth to another,
manmade entity, that of God. Of course there are psychological theories for why religion exists at all: a
supernatural explanation of forces not understood by ancient man- thunder, earthquakes, famine- offered
greater control over his environment, helping to assuage his fears and anxieties, or in the theories of Freud,
a method for moderating the destructive aspects of primitive man.
More importantly, however, is the sociological and economic theory of religion put forth by Marx,
that religion is a tool of oppression imposed upon the weaker class by the dominant, dampening rebellious
instincts with the promise of eternal happiness in the beyond, however much that implies that the here-and-
now world is full of unhappiness.
But there is of course no real need for religion. Marcel Gauchet, the French philosopher, has
written that there is no form of creative necessity at the basis of religion, such that the collective could not
exist without it. It was the need for temporal power that led to the domination of Catholic Church in
Europe, and with it the accompanying decimation of the old, animist and pagan faiths. Paganism is often
held up as immoral and brutal, a result of millennia of Christian propaganda. But as another French
philosopher, Alain de Benoist, writes, Obviously [to state that paganism is not a moral religion] does not
mean that pagans had no morals, but that they drew on other sources besides religion: the mores or values
honored by society.
The root of Christianitys alienating power is elucidated perfectly by the Romanian historian
Mircea Eliade, who wrote that in Christianity, the creating force (God) never merges in any way with the
world he created, so thus the world cannot be regarded as an intrinsically sacred place; God is not related or
connected to any place. The result is the ever-un-sacredness of the universe, which then allows the ever-
expansion of techno science at an increasing pace.
The Christians have so convinced the West that their salvation lies in the hereafter, and not within
the strength and the core of man himself, that millions of souls and billions of dollars have enriched the
vaults of Rome, of London, of Jerusalem, of Salt Lake City. Their moral law is solidarity and love, of
harmony, inner peace, the total realization of the person, according to Gilles Lipovetsky. In other words, a
spirituality that above all prizes the comfort of the person, the peace of mind. Thus, the Christians have
turned their backs and renounced what true faith, true belief really once entailed: effort, discipline,
renunciation of the worldly, suffering.
The homogenization of modern life, and the resulting loss of identity, has made religion,
especially Christianity and Islam, more attractive to our generation, even as less and less of us claim any
specific denomination, an easily-identifiable marker for a great mass of people who cannot manage to find
their place in modern society. But it is wrong-headed to look for answers in the old, stale books of the
prophets and imams. The desire for identity has taken on religious trappings, as de Benoist goes on.
We live alienated. The god within us is sublimated to the one that was created by us and placed
above us. The power of that god was called upon to enshrine the doctrines that now enthrall the entire
world, and all the civilizations. That god took away our identities, the ones we knew in the forests of the
north, and replaced them with consumers, with blank-eyed comfort, with unthinking acceptance of the way
things are.
The values of our forefathers- bravery, community, strength, sacrifice, wisdom, stewardship of
nature and the things given us by our ancestors- are the ones we should be exalting, not the false doctrines
and empty promises of the Christians. Joachim Mahlingdamm #17