Marcionism, Orthodoxy, and the Jewish Question

The question of Christianity’s relation to reaction, white identity, and Judaism has come up enough over the time that I’ve been involved in the reactosphere, and especially lately, that I feel I should articulate my own position on the topic.

My goal on this post is to defend orthodox, traditional Christianity against charges by well-meaning, pro-White Rightists that Christianity is false, harmful, or unsuitable for the white man for any of various reasons pertaining to its relationship to Judaism.

The first charge is the less serious one and the easier to answer; to wit, that Christianity is a deliberate, conscious plot by some past or present group of Jews to destroy the white man.

This charge is ludicrous on its face and I’ll only spend a little bit of time addressing it before I get down to the other, and far more viable, anti-Semitic objection to Christianity.

The simple fact is that historically, the concept of ‘whiteness’ is entirely a product of Christendom. There was no notion of pan-European solidarity against or above or in contrast to non-European peoples before Christianity. Christianity predates any idea of ‘the white man’ for Jews to hate.

The second, and far more salient, objection, is that Christianity, by its doctrinal or cultural nature, undermines white ethnic sentiment and/or elevates Jews above whites and promotes an unhealthy philo-Semitism.

I will take these objections in reverse order. The first, that Christianity promotes an unhealthy philo-Semitism that allows Jews to take advantage of Europeans, is, I think, founded in a provincial view of history. While it is certainly true that Evangelical Protestants do hold a rather self-destructive philo-Semitism, it is also true that this attitude is neither justified by historic Christian doctrine nor (more to the point) is it the norm within Christendom historically.

Examples of the historic attitude of Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and even the less pwned Protestants toward the Jews could be multiplied almost without end, but here are just a few:

We cannot prevent Jews from going to Jerusalem, but we can never sanction it. Jews have not recognized Our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people. They had ample time to acknowledge Christ‘s divinity without pressure, but they didn’t. Should the Jews manage to set foot on the once promised old-new land, the missionaries of the Church would stand prepared to baptize them. Jerusalem cannot be placed in Jewish hands.’ – Pope St Pius X

The characteristics of the Jewish race are parasitic’ – Konstantin Pobedonstsev, advisor to Tsar St Nicholas II and Tsar Alexander III of blessed memory

But see how thereafter the order was changed about: [the Jews] became dogs, and [the Gentiles] became the children.’

‘[T]he synagogue is not only a brothel and a theater; it also is a den of robbers and a lodging for wild beasts.’

If, then, the Jews fail to know the Father, if they crucified the Son, if they thrust off the help of the Spirit, who should not make bold to declare plainly that the synagogue is a dwelling of demons? God is not worshipped there. Heaven forbid! From now on it remains a place of idolatry. But still some people pay it honor as a holy place.’ – St John Chrysostom

‘Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer self­glory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously and veheming his eyes on them.’ – Martin Luther

And I think the Jews would be as surprised as we are to learn that Christianity is merely a tool for their benefit. Jews, in fact, have long maintained that we are their great persecutors. ‘The Jews are a nervous people. Nineteen centuries of Christian love have taken their toll,’ remarked Benjamin Disraeli once.

Christian philo-Semitism is actually quite a recent phenomenon. If Christianity, by design, exalts the Jew at the expense of the Gentile and compels the Christian to defer to the Jew, to love the Jew, and to act in the interests of the Jew — well, let’s just say it took Christians a damned long time to figure out that aspect of their religion.

It is tempting, perhaps, to adopt Marcionism, a heresy that teaches that the God of the Old Testament is not the God of the New Testament, or some variation thereupon, in an effort to reconcile a hostility toward Jews with an adherence to Christ. At this point it is typical to emphasise the ‘Greek’ or ‘Germanic’ or otherwise ‘European’ aspects of Christianity.

This does not solve the problem. The New Testament does not leave any room to deny the Old. To believe in a Christ who is not affiliated with the God of the Old Testament is to make up one’s own Christ, one who bears at best a vague resemblance to the Christ described in the canonical Gospels.

Now, I have often said that Christianity is the religion of paradox, and that attempts to resolve the paradoxes within Christianity (such as the dual nature of Christ or the triune nature of the Godhead) by simply throwing out one or the other side of the dilemma are properly termed ‘heresy’.

But here I am not even sure that we have a legitimate paradox. Certainly, the majority of Evangelicals, and even a great many Catholics and Orthodox, have been infected by a virulent philo-Semitism. They put the Jews on a pedestal. They say ridiculous things like that the Jews are our ‘older brothers’ (indeed — they are our older brothers in precisely the same meaningless sense that Ishmael is the older brother to our forefather Isaac), they participate in Jewish feasts, light menorahs, et cetera. And their attitude toward Jewry — and toward race in general — is certainly incompatible with white ethnonationalism.

But what is the real disease here? Is Christianity the problem? Is secular culture less Jew-friendly and more white-friendly?

In fairness, it may be marginally less Jew-friendly; the left tends not to be as rabidly pro-Israel as the Religious Right, though no less worshipful of domestic Jews. But it is certainly not more pro-white ethnocentrism.

The Christian Church is not a magical institution that protects its members from all influence by the Zeitgeist. When we are asking ‘what political and social views does Christianity promote?’ we cannot simply ask ‘what political and social views do Christians hold right now?’ without asking whether those views are unique to Christians or clearly derived from distinctly Christian sources.

Are modern traditional Christians philo-Semites? Yes, of course. They caught the bug from heretics — everyone did. But there’s nothing inherently philo-Semitic about traditional Christianity per se — indeed, just the opposite.

Likewise the claim that Christianity’s ‘universalist’ leanings render it incompatible with white thedishness. This simply is not true. In fact, the Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church declares:

Christian patriotism may be expressed at the same time with regard to a nation as an ethnic community and as a community of its citizens. The Orthodox Christian is called to love his fatherland, which has a territorial dimension, and his brothers by blood who live everywhere in the world. This love is one of the ways of fulfilling God’s commandment of love to one’s neighbour which includes love to one’s family, fellow-tribesmen and fellow-citizens.

What must be understood is that life has both a universal and a particular aspect. Christianity itself cannot be limited to being solely an expression of white thedishness — or any other people’s thedishness for that matter. But it does not preclude that thedishness — indeed it encourages it. Christianity, at the highest level of abstraction, is concerned with universal truth and with the salvation of all men. But these are not the only concerns of individual, particular, actual Christians. Orthodox Christianity recognises the right of all peoples to thedishness — and that includes whites. It is not clear to me what more than this white nationalists want, unless it is a religion that is entirely a means to their political aims.

Perhaps the claimed problem is that it is destructive to white interests to hold up the Jews as ‘God’s chosen people’. But that demands the question: ‘chosen for what?’ The answer is that the Jews were chosen to bring forth the God-Man, Jesus Christ, which purpose they have fulfilled. After bringing Him forth, they rejected Him, mocked Him, and crucified Him. At that point they forfeited whatever spiritual seniority they might otherwise have had over us Gentiles. The current Jewish religion is the only one in the world (with Islam’s debatable exception) whose kernel is the rejection of Christ — other religions reject Him by implication, but only the Jews make the explicit rejection of Him the definition of their religion.

When a white man rejects Christianity because he hates Jewry, the Jews are pleased. Jews dont hate Europeans because they have light skin, or come from Europe, or are the ‘bestest race in the whole wide world’, or something. They hate us because they hate Christ — and we, more than any other race, have embraced Him and spread His Gospel to the ends of the Earth. When we cease to do that, Jews win. They do not win (at least not quite as much) if we embrace Marcionism, but Marcionism is incoherent, and it answers a non-problem. There simply is no contradiction between the enduring, historic doctrines and principles of traditional Christianity and either anti-Semitism or white thedishness.