I'd like to talk a bit about the topic of Christianity. This is often a challenge, and I'm sure that I may get plenty of people upset by writing this piece. However, anything worth saying is worth arising the ire of those who disagree.
The Christian faith serves as a major contributor of morality, values, tradition, and faith in the time since its genesis. Clearly, European countries have been largely Christian in character for hundreds of years. Many great works have been achieved in the name of Christ.
Firstly, let me say that what is written here may not even coincide with what I personally believe. I am not professing my faith here, I have no interest in attempting to convert anyone, and I am not seeking to judge anyone's faith. I have sympathy towards, and connections with, both the Christian and the Pagan communities. This article exists simply to provide perspective.
Roman pantheism, Druidism, Celtic beliefs, and even Norse paganism are largely disconnected from their original source traditions, and exist today as modified reconstructions from ancient texts, merged with surviving practices. Even more so for neo-pagan ideologies such as Wicca, Theosophy, et al.
Many ancient systems survived via oral transmission, and left few texts behind when the surviving adherents were dispersed. Druidism is a fine example of this, most of what is known about the Druids was actually written by the Roman conquerors.
Modern pagan beliefs are largely rootless, and much of today's paganism is incomplete. This doesn't mean that there is no value in these beliefs, it is simply a statement of fact. This is unfortunate, for there is much to learn from the ancient ways, but, barring some incredible archaeological findings, it is not something likely to be remedied at any time.
Many elements of paganism were incorporated into Christianity in order to convert new followers, such as pagan festivals and modified rites. This was especially the case in Ireland, where the famous illuminated manuscripts have markedly pagan stylings.
In contrast, Christianity has existed continuously for at least 2000 years, with an almost endless number of derived writings, art, architecture, and organized sects.
There is a tremendous amount of strife and contention between the wildly divergent Christian churches about even the most basic tenets of faith.
Of course, the organized Christian faith has gone off the rails almost completely in the 20thcentury, becoming subject to cultural marxism, falling away from its traditions, and accepting contrary ideas.
However, despite this, there are surviving threads to the origins of the faith, a traditional lineage reaching back into “prehistory”. Christianity has provided morality, community, and continuity of culture, even if many unfortunate events have occurred within its cultural context.
Most of the contentions involving Christianity are focused upon issues of historicity and provenance, about the historical Jesus and his disciples, rather than focusing on issues of theology.
Yet there are also contentious theological issues, such as the split between Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox church over the filioque, the heresies of the Arians and Manicheans, the split between “faith alone” and “faith with works” between Catholicism and Protestantism, other issues of the Trinity, as well as the general differences between Catholicism/Orthodox and Protestantism.
Another factor is the emergence of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and other distinct sects.
For non-believers, what I would like to suggest here is an anhistorical (“not historical”) approach to Christianity.
This approach is especially intended for Pagans, Deists, Atheists, those undecided (agnostic Atheists), and those unspecified (“I don't know, man..”).
This section is likely to offend many professed Christians, and this is understandable. This article is not for you, it is for those non-believers specified above.
Now, let's explore the concept of Anhistorical Christianity. In summary, it works like this:
Ignore the Old Testament
Christianity was intended to REPLACE Judaism, not EXTEND it. It is historically extremely unfortunate that the Torah was bound together with the books of the Apostles. In anhistorical Christianity, the Old Testament is not considered, except perhaps the book of Genesis before it devolves into genealogy.
One can refer to the Old Testament for reference, but it is not the focus of this approach.
Forget about the concept of the Messiah
The word messiah is NOT MENTIONED in the New Testament of the King James Bible, although it was added many times into the (((NRSV))) Bible. In the Bible, Jesus did not claim to be the Messiah, although he made several other claims.
The Apocalypse as Metaphor
Read the Revelations of John as an account of a profound mystical experience, not as a literal thing happening at the end of time. In this anhistorical context, forget about the “Rapture” and the “end of days”.
It doesn't matter if Jesus was a Jew
Since we are taking an anhistorical stance here (remember, anhistorical means “not historical”), only the content of the New Testament and the faith derived from it is considered.
This means that the historical person of Jesus Christ is not relevant, in a similar fashion to how the historical person of Buddha is not particularly relevant in many Buddhist sects, only his teachings are important.
Additionally, this means the question of whether or not Jesus was Jewish is not important (there are a lot of things which suggest he was not, such as the article Paul Nehlen recently cited, but it is not important here).
The literal Crucifixion and Resurrection
Anhistorical Christians will view the story of Christ's mission, testing, capture, crucifixion, and resurrection as a myth that illustrates truths about the nature of existence, and one's personal relationship with God. In this context, it does not matter whether it literally happened or not.
The same goes for the tale of the Virgin birth, and of several other miracles, such as the raising of Lazarus.
For the non-believer, taking the stance of Anhistorical Christianity allows one to partake of the Christian mystery while suspending disbelief, becoming familiar with it without emphasizing skepticism, nit-picking and fact-checking.
It allows one to find the moral value in Christianity and its traditions from a slightly detached point-of-view. It allows one to more easily understand one's friends, brothers, and sisters who avow this mystery, and why they do so.
It is a time where Christians, and Pagans, and even Atheists, need to come together in support of Western Civilization and the White race. Avowed Christians ought to learn about the pagan beliefs of their fellows, even if they do not agree with them.
Likewise, the idea of Anhistorical Christianity may serve to provide some kind of bridge between Pagans and Christians. Who knows, you might even move beyond the anhistorical stance into full belief, but this is not the aim. The aim is to understand and to be provided with an alternate point of reference.