In the previous post, I led the reader through my process, as a non-expert on the controversies, for interpreting the various arguments for and against theism. I will note that readers may definitely logically reject the Intelligent Design arguments while remaining convinced by the cosmological fine tuning argument (and, the argument of the necessity of a Creator due to the universe’s having a definite beginning at the Big Bang). I would encourage every reader to read Stephen Meyer’s books and the books of the best popularizers of evolution, such as Dawkins, and see which arguments you find most intuitively compelling. In a society such as ours, this may be the best we can do, given the levels of political corruption in academia. We cannot simply trust experts in any age, but especially in this age.
We began this series with a reflection upon the sensitivity to aesthetics common to many in the Alt Right. It is my hope that a review of the scientific controversies might open a crack in the door for the possibility of theism. Combined with my intuition that beauty, goodness and truth are objective realities, this possibility enables me to have faith. Faith, as I experience it, and I think for many other thinking Christians, is not absolute certainty in the claims of Christianity, but rather a devotion to a community where one’s confidence grows over time. I myself struggle with the existence of evil and the notion of eternal hell.
In these matters, I have faith, because of my intuition about the objective good – that why good is mixed with evil in this world might be a mystery, but if good weren’t objective, I would not recognize evil. I have a hard time accepting the doctrine of eternal hell, because it seems to me disproportionate. At the same time, as an Alt Righter I know people have extremely high time preferences, and such a punishment (which many intuitively feel is real, see for example the fear of death and hell among the protagonists in the novel The Godfather) may be the only thing that can adequately restrain evil among men. Nevertheless, I am content to have many of these things be mysteries, as the sort of being that would be a God is a vastly superior to myself. I have no more chance of fully comprehending his purposes, his ways or his mysteries than my family’s dog does of ours. Scripture itself says we “see through a glass, darkly,” which to me means that the full revelation of God, when it comes, will be as different from what we expect now as Christianity was different from the expectations of the Israelites. If it follows the same pattern, it will be broader and more comprehensive to the same degree the New Testament was compared to the Old, in ways we could never anticipate. Many surprises are guaranteed.
There is evidence for Christianity that only Alt-Righters might appreciate. Practically speaking, in this age, Christianity teaches a form of dualism not that different from the beliefs of our Indo-European ancestors. While Christianity has an optimistic view of the future, the Indo-European view tended towards pessimism (the doomed but noble struggle of Ragnorok) or nihilism (the Hindu idea of the burden of the self ceasing with achieving the state of nirvana). In the present, however, the Christian idea is a sort of dualism, a narrative of an unseen spiritual war between the forces of good and evil, light and darkness.
I’ve often joked with Alt Right friends on the religious question that you would think a religion that preached that “God came to Earth and the Jews murdered him with perjured testimony and corrupt political pressure” would be appealing to people on our side. The practical atheist view is that both Christianity and Judaism are cults based on fairy tales. Yet, these happen to be the two belief systems constantly at each other’s throats throughout Western history. On the one hand, Christianity produces the highest quality, lowest time preference culture in the world, the most noble works of art, the most advanced mastery of the physical world. On the other, a people who literally define themselves as anti-Christs are behind much of the evil in the world. This is not a joke: official Jewish policy is that a Jew can have any religion, or no religion at all, but cannot be a Christian and remain a Jew.
Jews are so obsessively anti-Christian that rabbis have serious discussions about whether Jews should drink scotch, Scottish whiskey aged in sherry barrels. For very strict Jews, it is forbidden to drink wine from a winery owned by a non-Jew because of the possibility that some portion of the wine produced might have been used for “idolatrous” purposes – notably, it might be used in Holy Communion. That is, the fact some wine might have been used in Communion pollutes the entirety of the winery’s production. American Bourbon is kosher because it is always aged in new, charred barrels, whereas Scotch is not because it is aged in sherry casks, and sherry is made from wine, which might have Christian cooties because the winery might have been owned by a non-Jew who sold some of it for use in a church. Serious Jews literally behave like vampires, obsessively avoiding any relic of Christianity lest it sap their power.
If Christianity and Judaism are simply derivative cults of the same primitive Semitic religion, why do they play such outsize roles in the world? What happened to the other cults crushed by the Romans? Is this an accident of history, or is it possible something else is going on, as the Bible claims, a spiritual war between light and darkness?
I encourage any Alt-Righter to read the Bible for himself. The idea that Christianity is a Jewish plot to subvert Western Civilization is simply laughable.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
“For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.”
—1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”
In Part Four, I will address common misinformed critiques of the Bible often promulgated by some in the Alt Right.