Damian Michael posted an interesting 21 Theses for Alt Christianity at Return of Kings today. I wanted to take a closer look at these points and see how they measure up.
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1. Both theologically and morally, Alt-Christianity is traditionalist and right-leaning. It is also more focused on shared morality and mere-Christianity than on denominational differences. However, Progressive-Christianity, Liberal-Christianity, and Feminist-Christianity are not Alt-Christianity.
2. Alt-Christianity is an alternative to the mainstream Christian conservative movement in the West which has, whether wittingly or not, been largely infected with strains of progressivism, materialism, feminism, SJWism, over-ecumenism, and Churchianism. Alt-Christianity has seen the socio-cultural results of these infections on the Christian faith and thus pro-actively and overtly fights against them, rather than ignoring, accommodating, or even indulging them, which many modern Christian movements do. And the fight against these problems is done first within the church, and then against them outside of the church.
Both of these points are deeply tied together. As a concept, Alt-Christianity is to be not unlike the Alt-Right, which is in the process of returning the political right to its supposed roots. It defines itself against the many heresies of modern Christianity, much as we attempt to do here.
3. Alt-Christianity is not defensive in nature and, just like Christ, it rejects the elevation of niceness, tolerance, and likeability over Christian truth. It holds an “initiative-maintaining” mindset and believes in victory through persistence, sacrifice, materialistic minimalism, and remaining in harmony with objective reality, historical truths, and psychological/biological facts about human nature.
The Christian stands in perpetual combat with the powers of this world. We seek to not only preserve truth, but to spread it far and wide. Alt-Christianity would seem to agree, as this tenet promises to encourage the spread as long and far as possible.
4. Alt-Christianity firmly believes in the use of reason; however, since Alt-Christianity knows that men are not usually moved by dry arguments, it is also willing to use truth-focused polemics, biting rhetoric, humorous memes, and imaginative narratives to make it points.
This is a reality-based position. Reason brings us closer to truths, but not all are prepared for reason. Jesus himself delivered truths in parables and vague utterances, so that the disciples would be able to hear his words and understand.
5. Concerning faith and morals, Alt-Christianity is skeptical of any attempts to redefine the clear sayings, implications, and example of Christ and the rest of the New Testament, or Christian tradition, in order to accommodate modern sensibilities.
All truth is God’s truth, and Satan is the father of lies. We must always stand in truth, for the truth shall make us free. As God’s word is true, so we as ambassadors of God must strive always to speak even unpleasant truths.
6. Alt-Christianity recognizes that all men are made in the image of God and that all men will be judged, but beyond this, Alt-Christianity rejects the idea of earthly equality for all practical purposes given the observable lack of anything like natural equality existing or possibly existing amongst men. For the same reason, Alt-Christianity denies human perfectibility and earthly utopianism.
This is a hard truth for many to hear, but the “Enlightenment” birthed many absolutely incorrect notions. “Equality” is among these falsehoods – all men are born to certain value, but not all men are equal even from birth. Some die in infancy due to diseases or malformations. Some are abnormally intelligent or stupid. Some are strong and others are weak. Men and women are different in biology, which manifests not only in physical aptitudes but also in personality and brain construction.
7. Alt-Christianity believes traditional Western Civilization is the best civilization that Man has ever created. It also holds that traditional Christianity is a key pillar of that civilization. As such, Alt-Christianity supports the roots of traditionalist Christianity: namely, the traditional family, patriarchy, “red-pill” knowledge, Christian education, and apologetics in the full and broadest sense.
It could not be Alt-Christianity without upholding Christianity. But as all truth is God’s truth, this reaffirms that Alt-Christianity seeks to preserve all truths, even those the modern world would reject.
8. Given the above, Alt-Christianity wishes to see traditional Western Civilization maintained, and is thus open to whatever political system shows itself best suited to the maintenance of that civilization. At the same time, Alt-Christianity realizes that civilizations and nations are maintained by people, and that not all people are created equal. As such, Alt-Christianity supports the implementation of whatever specific political and cultural practices are best suited to allow a particular people to maintain traditional Western Civilization. Simultaneously, Alt-Christianity supports restricting whatever specific political and cultural practices undermine a particular people’s ability to maintain traditional Western Civilization.
Alt-Christianity here aligns with the Alt-West. Western values and civilization have been largely defined by Christianity since its introduction to these nations, and even the modern “enlightened” atheists lean on Christian teachings more than they realize. Alt-Christianity is for Western Christians, to preserve both Christianity and the West.
9. Alt-Christianity is nationalistic. It supports the right of all distinct ethno-ideological/religious groups to exist as distinct groups, and to defend their existence. Alt-Christianity is also anti-globalist in the political sense, but believes in unity amongst nations through a shared Christian faith. Ultimately, Alt-Christianity remembers the lesson of the Tower of Babel and realizes that ethno-states are a lesser threat to Christianity than a global political entity is.
Many misunderstand nationalism. Nationalism is the belief that each people has a right to self-governance and sovereignty. If a nation is composed of Blacks, those Blacks have a right to their own sovereignty (as in most of Africa). If a nation is composed of French, or Chinese, or Russian peoples, those peoples have a right to sovereignty and autonomy. If a nation is composed of Christians or Jews, regardless of race, then people of that religion have a right to sovereignty.
Nationalism is diametrically opposed to globalism. This is almost enough, by itself, to recommend nationalism to us.
10. Alt-Christianity see no conflict between science and Christianity, but it is not naïve enough to ignore the fact that there is a difference between certain scientific claims and the interpretation of scientists—many of them actively anti-Christian—concerning those claims. Thus, Alt-Christianity takes an attitude of tentative acceptance, coupled with skepticism, concerning the findings of modern science, especially those of a historical rather than an experimental nature.
This is a reasonable position on Science. As our friend Vox Day has said, there is a big difference between the philosophy of Science, the practice of Science, the knowledge base of Science, and the Scientific Community. So often, a “scientific finding” proves to be fallacious on many grounds, and so skepticism is a natural response. Furthermore, Science as a practice can only disprove, so the advancement of Science is fundamentally the development of a long list of things that are NOT true.
11. Alt-Christianity believes that identity—both in the ethnic and the religious sense—is the catalyst for culture, which is itself more important than politics. As such, the Alt-Christian is both verbally and non-verbally overt in his Christian identity.
Identity is the heart of a people or nation. This identity can come from blood or skin color or creed, but among Christians it comes only from the Blood of Christ.
12. Alt-Christianity is opposed to the unrequested rule, domination, or excessive influence (by any means) of any ethnic and/or religious group or Christian denomination over another; as such, Alt-Christianity supports the right of de facto or de jure self-determination / segregation for ethnic and/or religious reasons.
This is at the core of nationalism.
13. Alt-Christianity is more interested in the approval of God than of men; it knows that the Prince of this World is its enemy and that, as Jesus warned, the world will hate it. Thus, the Alt-Christian is not interested in being “respectable” in the eyes of non-Christians, nor does the Alt-Christian care about the negative labels that non-Christians will inevitability place on him.
This is a powerful statement. Fundamentally, it echoes Paul’s calls to not be ashamed of the Gospel of Truth. We are a new creation born in the light of Christ, and the darkness will fear us because of the God we serve. We must never be ashamed and cower, to hide our light under a basket, but let it shine from the hilltops.
14. Alt-Christianity is opposed to the separation of church and state in an absolute sense, for Alt-Christianity understands that the absolute separation of church and state always leads to the state, and/or the enemies of the church, using the resources and laws of the state to undermine the church.
This is actually what the Founders envisioned with the First Amendment. The Church is protected from the powers of the state, but the Church does not itself hold political power. These are two things, two authorities on this earth, and they must always be distinct entities. However, this does not mean the Church cannot influence decisions of the state – for, indeed, all legislation legislates morality.
15. Alt-Christianity is more interested in the Faith than in earthly charity, although it strongly encourages the latter because it is mandated by, and supports, the former. However, the Alt-Christian knows that charity begins first at home, and only then extends outward. Furthermore, virtue-signaling charity is a vice, and so whoever allows his own family, his nation, and the Faith itself to be undermined for the sake of virtue-signaling charity is worse than an unbeliever.
This echoes the parable of the widow’s mite and Jesus’ rebukes of public displays of goodness. He said to go into your room, close the door, and pray to the unseen Father who will reward you for what is done in secret. In the same way, those who boast of their good deeds have already received their reward.
16. Alt-Christianity is pro-“capitalism” in terms of policy, but pro-socialist in terms of personal charity; it holds that a man who freely does not work, but can, shall not eat, but a man who wishes to work but cannot, shall not be hungry.
This is the root of charity. We care for those who cannot care for themselves – the widow, the orphan, the cripple, the sick, etc. – but we do not care for those who can. If any man has the ability to work and provide, he shall not receive our charity.
17. Alt-Christianity believes that we must secure the existence of Christians in general, but that we must also specifically secure the existence of Christians in countries of European heritage and ancestry, for as Belloc said: “Europe is the Faith, and the Faith is Europe”.
This is, again, an alt-West philosophy. The West is the root of Christendom, as it has been, and we do not wish to be slaves again to the pagan and the atheist. We built a culture that was good, and the powers of evil stripped it from us. We wish to rebuild and restore what was lost, so that we might live in a nation governed by the Lord.
18. Alt-Christianity believes that Christianity is true, but it also sees truth and value in other religions. As such, while holding Christianity as the best and most complete faith, and boldly proclaiming it as such, Alt-Christianity does not, in principle, ignore or reject the insights of non-Christian religious or cultural traditions.
All truth is God’s truth. I, myself, have discovered the truths of Scripture in the works of Lao-Zi, the Norse Havamal, the Veda, and others. Insofar as it is true, it is good teaching.
But the Scripture is our authority, as it always must be.
19. Alt-Christianity believes in evangelism. However, the Alt-Christian remembers to wipe the dust off his feet from those who, in full knowledge and Godly-freedom, reject Christianity. Thus, Alt-Christianity rejects the non-evangelism of liberal-Christianity as well as any imperialist attempts at the imposition of Christianity by force or coercion.
This is akin to Spurgeon’s teaching regarding evangelism. When asked why he preached, knowing that the elect would be saved anyway, he said, “If I knew that all the elect had a star-shaped mole on their right asscheeks, I would stop preaching and start pulling down pants. But because I do not know, I preach.” We are to spread the news and let God do the rest.
20. Alt-Christianity values personal strength, intellectual boldness, masculinity, and the Christ who overturned tables. Indeed, Alt-Christianity realizes that Christ was not followed because He allowed Himself to die, but rather because He was the ultimate alpha male who conquered Man’s greatest enemy: namely, death.
21. Finally, just as the man Jesus Christ and his male Apostles led the first Christians, so too is Alt-Christianity meant to be led by men. After all, the failures of the West ultimately fall on the heads of its men, and so it is men that must lead the West back to its traditional roots.
These two are of a kind. It echoes Paul’s teaching that men ought to preach and teach, and women ought to learn from men. This is rooted not only in philosophy and biology, but also in historical understanding, as we’ve seen women spearhead many of the worst changes to Christianity and the West. Christ was fully man, and he was a manly man in addition to being fully God. This is seen in Scripture, and must not be discounted.
Verdict: This site is associated with this notion of the Alt-Christianity, for its practices are reflective of Scripture and truth.