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Christianity and European Culture

These are my philosophical ideas about Christianity and its impact on European culture. In short, I believe Christianity is used as a tool of politics, it functions as a social ordering framework and it can be a guiding system for individuals. I don’t think organized religion is necessary for optimal individual development or to create harmony in social groups. Ethno-cultural systems can perform the same functions as organized religion. Christianity contains fundamental European values, but it also comes with destructive ideas which I believe is sabotaging European culture.

I have been “agnostic” since I was seventeen years old. However I always appreciated the fact that Christianity is woven into European culture. Since about five years ago, I started to look beyond Christianity while delving into European history. If my ideas offend you, you are welcome to avoid my work. If you are also interested in these questions, please join me on this philosophical journey. I have a lot more to say about this topic and hope to do it in time to come.

elkie

European culture is my own personal focus when it comes to discussions of political philosophy. One of the most contentious topics online at the moment is about the impact of Christianity on European culture. Of particular concern is the destructive effect of Christianity on European populations which is something that I am worried about as well. Since it is such an important topic I would like to make my own position clear when it comes to Christianity in relation to European culture.

I grew up in a Christian community and went to church almost every Sunday as a child. However, I was always skeptical about religion because it seemed to me to be without internal consistency. I thought that Ideas like; “God looks after his flock like a shepherd.”, contrasts with ideas like; “Christians should expect suffering and martyrdom in life.”

Naturally I understand that there is always context to social concepts and these things are always relative. However, I couldn’t see how anything in the Bible can be of more value than common sense or things that anyone can say or do without a religious background. In fact, I thought that some Christian ideas were very strange.

The metaphorical eating and drinking of the body and blood of Christ was always an idea that absolutely astonished me. When I was a teenager I wondered why paganism was demonized because of strange rituals, but this strange ritual was performed in church. Was it just a matter of how extreme a ritual was? Things didn’t add up for me.

I believe my skepticism proved to be justified when I later learned how much deception and nonsense really is associated with Christianity. For example, there are always many different factions of Christianity with vastly different outlooks and values. Charismatic churches were typically not favored by my family, even though some people in our family went to such churches. From my perspective, Christians believed in following dogmas but couldn’t even agree on which dogmas to follow. One church believed in the idea of a second coming and another church didn’t.

Additionally, it was clear that a lot of church activity and management revolved around money and property. It occurred to me that this meant that the church could be involved in power and politics in some way. If religion has a connection with politics, I felt that the church couldn’t be a non-partisan institution. If you look at history, it is undeniable that church affairs and politics have been interweaved.

Israel has been founded as a result of political and religious struggles.

I think it would be fair to say that three functional aspects of religion can be identified. Firstly, religion is functionally involved in politics. Israel has demonstrated to what an extent religion can be used as a tool of politics. If not for religion, Israel would probably not exist today. Religion was also a driving force behind Muslim expansion into Europe during the Middle ages, as well as the reactionary Crusades. The Crusades resulted in a vast expansion of State structures. According to Blaydes and Paik (2016), “The history of the Crusades is closely linked to the origins of national taxation in Western Europe.” I agree with this author that the Crusades is an example in history where religion played a mayor role in the dynamics of statist policies.

Muslim expansion into Europe during the Middle Ages.
Reactionary Crusades during the Middle Ages.

In these cases, religion functions as an ideological control mechanism to get large amounts of people to do things that those in authority want them to do.

The political impact of the Crusades’.

The second functional aspect of religion deals with it’s role as a social ordering framework. Humans are individuals by nature and I believe that this is how we develop into the most productive members of a society. However, conflicting individual needs can lead to social friction and thus it is necessary for social groups to develop social principles of orderly behavior.

The individual is dependent on the social group for survival. Conversely, the group needs thriving developed individuals to be a healthy group with positive future prospects. Thus rituals and religion developed over time as a social ordering framework to act as the bridge between the development and wellbeing of the individual and the social cohesion needed for a thriving social group.

A simple example can be made to illustrate the need for such a bridge. “Belief” is a powerful psychological phenomenon that can lead to considerable social friction. However, “belief” is a part of how we function biologically and it is a natural part of human psychology. One person might believe with full conviction that wearing a mask is an effective measure to prevent disease and another person might believe the opposite. (bus person)

To minimize social friction, social norms and values develop over time. For example, European culture used to protect the autonomy of an individual. Telling someone else to wear a mask would have been considered as an act that crosses a line of social courtesy. Thus, European norms of social behavior developed so that friction can be minimized which can develop when people hold very different beliefs. These social norms can thus protect the individual from the impact of another person’s beliefs. The social norms thus act as a bridge between the wellbeing of the individual and harmony within the social group. Social norms are weaved into culture and can also be weaved into values associated with religion.

When a religion upholds values like, giving food to poor people or to be willing to work hard to reach your goals, these reflect social cultural values that have been weaved into the religion.

Off course, any social group needs individuals who sometimes engage in some form of self-compromise so that the group can be functional. A social group needs individuals who can also behave in a way that benefits the social group. It is this delicate balance between individual autonomy and social cohesion that is reflected in subtle social norms and values which develop over time into cultural values. Social values also reflect the ethnic preferences of a group of people. A group of Italians might consider loud behavior at a party as being acceptable behavior, whereas a group of Norwegians might prefer a more subdued atmosphere in their social gatherings.

Societies develop social norms and cultural principles to deal with things like psychological phenomena which can affect both the wellbeing of the individual as well as the healthy functioning of a group. Thus culture acts like a bridge between the needs of the individual and the requirements of a cohesive social group.

European culture has developed over a very very long time in such a way that the autonomy of an individual is seen as a highly valued and protected condition. Thus it used to be unacceptale in European culture for one individual to try to enforce his or her beliefs onto another individual. This preference reflects European cultural values.

Ironically, and in a somewhat paradoxical way, religion has developed as a tool which often uses belief to override the wellbeing of the individual as well as the group. The use of religion as a tool to manipulate masses of people developed out of political mechanisms.

I believe that social principles of orderly behavior can develop naturally into the culture of a social group without the need for political interference. I believe that cultural social frameworks have been hijacked and weaved into organized religious frameworks through political manipulation. I don’t believe it is necessary for a social group to use organized religion as a social ordering framework. I think culture can perform this function quite well. A culture can also contain various spiritual and philosophical systems like “shamanism” or “animism” to provide frameworks for all the different human layers like the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions.

It is natural for people in a society to disagree and believe different things. This is how we function in a natural way. It is an idea of transhumanists that people must all become drone-like entities. This loss of individualism supports the agendas of those who try to control the world.

These powermongers have even performed research to understand how people can be psychologically controlled and their beliefs manipulated. Examples of such research can be found in the CIA document that discusses “brainwashing” in communist China and Russia, as well as the MK Ultra activities. Marxist propaganda techniques are famously effective at brainwashing people and solidifying their belief systems so that they become useful agents and enforcers in a society.

I believe that some form of social framework is needed to promote social cohesion. If it doesn’t exist, it will develop naturally over time as a result of human psychology and behavior. Even when societies move away from religious frameworks, some other strong belief structure will start to function like a religion or cultural social framework.

Currently, a twisted form of “science” is worshipped along with manifestations like priests, sacrifices, punishment and rituals. The current scientific framework may not officially be labeled as a religion, but it does function like a religion. I am not against science as a cognitive framework, but many of the fundamental principles of science are not followed at the moment. Thus I do not believe that the current label of “science” accurately represents science as a rational framework. It has now developed into a social framework and it functions very much like organized religion.

It is commonly stated that a person do not need religion to know what’s right or wrong. Most individuals have an internal sense that certain actions like theft, murder or deception is wrong. This is true, but there are often other subtleties that are reflected in social norms that are not so obvious. One social group might believe that the death of a family member should be remembered for a certain amount of days. Another social group might believe that the dead should be let go with one simple ritual. These rituals help the individuals of a group to psychologically handle the impact of the death, yet they deal with it in different ways. In this case, one method is not necessarily better than another method. However, sometimes these beliefs reflect a complicated social system that can radiate into many other aspects of social life. For example, a group that requires a long period of mourning for the dead might develop elaborate temples and structures to accommodate these rituals. Consequently this group might eventually develop advanced building techniques. Faith and belief is often a great motivating drive behind the activities of members of a society, and these activities in turn help to develop individuals to their full potential. These are matters of subtle social principles and do not have to be at the level of knowing that murder is wrong. These are also the types of activities that have been co-opted so that the people work for the powermongers instead of working for their own social welfare.

Celtic Burial Mound.
Pagoda Temple.
Notre Dame Flying Buttresses.

Historical events and ancient literature confirm that the people of ancient times understood the power and value of cultural systems. When one group conquers another group, the conquerors will either destroy the cultural relics of the previous group or co-opt and re-label the previous culture. When the previous cultural systems are absorbed, relabeled or destroyed, the conquered people have to adopt the culture of the conquerors. The new slave have to accept any new labelling and packaging of values imposed on them.

From history we can see that even our ancestors understood the importance of cultural systems.

Church and Architecture.

Therefore, social frameworks, which can be reflected in cultural norms or religious values, are clearly important for effective social interaction and contribute towards social cohesion. It is not surprising that these aspects of social interaction has been particularly targeted through politics by powermongers. I also believe that social frameworks, even when in the form of organized religion, is not something that can just be removed from a society. When a vacuum is created, it will naturally be filled. The powermongers stand ready to fill any void created by their instigated chaos with more of their authoritarian control mechanisms.

In other words, even though I am personally against organized religion, I don’t think it is wise to simply want to destroy or eliminate organized religion from a society. Christianity is a religion that has developed over hundreds of years to eventually contain many fundamental European values. Even if I do believe that it contains many aspects that are destructive, it also contains aspects that are needed in a social group. I believe a better approach would be for a gradual change and development away from Christianity and organized religion towards healthier forms of social cultural frameworks. If such a cultural change is to happen, it can happen naturally over time and many different people can contribute to such change in many different ways. Some people might expose the destructive nature of Christianity and others might explore non-Christian European cultural heritage. Yet, such a gradual process would still respect the spiritual path and preferences of individuals and allow social groups to drift gradually towards healthier social frameworks.

The third aspect of religion is that it helps an individual to develop as an individual. Every individual has a natural need and drive to develop on a physical, spiritual and mental level. Religious frameworks can act like guiding systems to help individuals develop spiritual and life skills. Once again, I believe that formally structured religion is not necessary for such frameworks. Informal spiritual frameworks and philosophical systems can also act like guiding systems. In tough times, it is a part of natural psychological processes for humans to seek answers and inspiration from non-material sources and such inspiration can come from many different places.

However, currently we are living in a world where the powermongers are applying repeated recipes of creating chaos and problems through dialectic mechanisms. The goal of the powermongers is to direct people’s energies towards their chosen “answers” when people look for relief from the problems created by those same powermongers. These are simple recipes of politics and power that have been applied for hundreds if not thousands of years in repeated cycles. The chaos of the world can lead people towards organized religion or any other preferred answer presented by the powermongers.

Instead of falling victim to be herded towards these presented answers, i think it is better when ideas and philosophy remain as decentralized and diverse as possible I think it is okay for people to believe different things and walk different spiritual paths. Things that do not work will naturally be eliminated and things that work can be kept. As long as these cultural system can develop naturally without authoritarian control. The need of powermongers to control, suppress and subvert culture shows how important it is for cultural systems to develop naturally as a framework for free societies.

To summarize, I believe that three aspects of religion can be identified. Religion is a tool of power and politics. Religion is a social ordering framework and it is also a guiding system for individual development.

Three aspects to religion
1) A tool for the processes of power and politics.
2) A social ordering framework to facilitate harmony in communities and to reflect the principles of a culture.
3) A guiding system to help the development of an individual’s spirituality and life skills.

When it comes to Christianity specifically, it is my opinion that it is an imposed organized religion that was forced onto European people . It was done so that the powermongers can gain control over the resources and products that people create. It is at the end of a long process of destroying European values and cultures. This process has been going on for thousands of years and thus it might be difficult to recognize it without looking at societal changes over long periods of time.

To accept the changes, European values were often built into the new systems so that the new systems would be accepted by the people. While new social systems were imposed on people, old systems were demonized or repackaged. Therefore, Christian values partly reflect European values and I think this is also why some Christians may feel intuitively that Christianity is good. It feels right because some aspects of Christianity reflect fundamental European values. However, it also comes with destructive values. As the powermongers gain power and control, European values are removed and foreign values are introduced.

If the current trend is continued, European culture will very soon be completely erased. The destruction of European culture combined with actual physical actions of mass genocide is rapidly erasing Europeans around the globe. This means that it is very important to take steps to preserve European culture. It may therefore be necessary to be more critical of Christianity because it is partly a tool of those trying to consolidate absolute authoritarian control over the world. However, even the destruction of Christianity can also be used to advance the goals of the powermongers through dialectic mechanisms. Therefore, the way this problem is approached is important.

Under these conditions I believe it is necessary for Europeans to rediscover and re-develop European culture through many diverse and decentralized avenues. Different thinkers, philosophers, artists and debaters can approach the problem from many different angles.

Based on the pervasive phenomenon of “controlled opposition” and “gatekeeping” within dissident communities, it should be assumed that any pursued solutions will be infiltrated and might be hijacked by agents of the powermongers. That is why I believe decentralization in thought and knowledge is so important.

We can disagree on everything. This disagreement, and tolerance for disagreement, creates decentralization in thought. This is, in my opinion, more resistant to ideological takeover than collectivized thought with cult-like characteristics. Therefore I think its good if we all believe and think differently. We, as activists for European welfare, only need one thing to agree about to be able to work in synergy. That one thing we want is the continuation of healthy European people. The survival of our ethnic and cultural heritage, and thriving and healthy future European societies. I think it is enough if we just agree that we want European culture to survive and to survive as a healthy and thriving version of European culture.. We can disagree about how to get there, but I believe in that case that the practical world will sort out what works and what doesn’t work. We just need to explore and develop a high diversity of knowledge. What will be kept or discarded will naturally be sorted out without a need for control over the process.

The common person on the street do not care for philosophical discussion and reasoning. They just want to get on with life. The subtleties of one belief versus another is of no concern to most people. People also have very different personalities and preferences. Very logical and rational reasoning might appeal to one person, but be off-putting to another person. Other people might prefer emotional appeal to keep their attention. This is why propaganda techniques by the powermongers are so successful. They understand the psychology of humans and adapt their messages to be appealing and to be retained. It is the duty of thinkers and philosophers to construct, debate, create knowledge and develop social ideas which can filter down to people through art and literature which can appeal to a range of different people. This is partly how the current religious frameworks were imposed onto people.

One philosophical construct is not necessarily better than another. It is up to thinkers and philosophers to debate these issues, then allow it to be tested in real world systems. I believe it is necessary to create frameworks that can lead to the development of thriving societies. I don’t believe the current approach of the Kabbalists and transhumanists will lead to happy, thriving societies in the future, even though followers of these ideologies might believe that it will.

I respect and appreciate my cultural heritage and I respect Christianity as a part of my cultural history. I accept that other Europeans might still choose to keep Christianity as a social framework and I respect each individual’s spiritual pathway as long as it is not destructive. However, even though I do appreciate the choices of my ancestors, I make new decisions based on new knowledge which leads me away from Christianity.

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