To restore the ideal of the ecclesia primitiva was the goal of the Gregorian, Cistercian, and Franciscan reform movements of the later Middle Ages, as well as the Protestant Reformation and the Second Vatican Council. Implicit (and sometimes explicit) in this goal has been the de-emphasis, if not the repudiation, of the early medieval Germanic influence on Christianity. The recently accelerated, and hence more perceptible dissociation of the Roman Catholic and other Christian churches from their European heritage may have contributed toward a reciprocal dissociation of many Christians of European descent from these churches, and possibly from Christianity altogether. Alienation appears most likely to occur among those Euro-Christians for whom religiosity and cultural identity are closely related. …
… Perhaps the increasing popularity of neopagan organizations may also be derived from a reaction against the cultural self-criticism engaged in by many Christian churches in Europe and North America. ~ James Russell, The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity, page 211 & note 5
It is foolish to speak of the superiority of Christian civilization to that of the barbaric pagans, both because Christian civilization is fully dependent on paganism, and because the ancient pagan civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Greece, and Rome – symbols of evil in the Bible – were all vastly superior to the Hebrews, who were, according to the Bible, the chosen people of Yahweh.
Also, there is no intrinsic link between Christianity and civilization. If Christianity had not been adopted as the religion of the Roman empire, that is if Christianity still existed at all, then Christians living today would be like their ancient coreligionists, having no regard whatsoever for the future of civilization, Western or otherwise. Their sole concern would be the salvation of their own souls.
Over the course of centuries, Christianity was paganized, first by a Romanization, and then by a Germanization. A new, hybrid religion, with many beliefs and values contrary to original Christianity, was formed. It was this new religion, not the Christianity as found in the New Testament, that formed the foundation of European civilization. However, as this hybrid was composed of contradictory elements it was unstable, and could last only temporarily. Divisions within Christianity, secularism, and neopaganism are all results of the breakdown of this hybrid.
The reason that Christianity has fallen to its current sorry state is that it has forgotten, or perhaps abandoned, its foundation, which is not the Bible, nor even Christ, but the European pagan tradition. That, and that alone, is what made the Church great. Returning to the state of the early Church is not an option, nor would it be desirable even if it was. The only hope that Christianity has is to embrace the pagan tradition to an extent far greater than it did in the past, and to do so explicitly. Unfortunately, it is Christians themselves who would be the greatest obstacle to this taking place. Because the Church continues to dishonestly maintain that it is the direct continuation of Christ and the Apostles, and not much more greatly indebted to the pagan tradition, there will be endless conflict and confusion over how to apply the teachings of the New Testament to civilization, which cannot be done. Christianity will not be destroyed by Islam or atheism, but through its own pride, it will destroy itself.
The Tradition that shaped the Roman world manifested its power vis-a-vis Christianity in the fact that, although the new faith was successful in overthrowing the ancient civilization, it nevertheless was not able to conquer the Western world as pure Christianity; wherever it achieved some greatness it did so only thanks to Roman and classical pre-Christian elements borrowed from the previous tradition, and not because of the Christian element in its original form. ~ Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World, page 287
Those who claim that Christianity was the fulfillment of paganism and the one true faith for all mankind display an almost unbelievable arrogance and hubris. Without the infusion of the pagan tradition into Christianity, the Church would have amounted to nothing. I’ve described before the idea of every person in the world converting to Christianity as grotesque, I think a better word would be evil.
The form that modern Christianity has taken leaves honorable men with little choice but to pursue some form of neopaganism. It is vile and slanderous to say that those who follow this path are betraying their ancestors. The same could easily be said of those who converted to Christianity in the first place. It could also be said of those who converted to the wrong form of Christianity. To honor one’s ancestors is not to slavishly follow their every decision. We honor them by learning from their mistakes.
As culture, religion, and identity are inseparable, if the religions of our ancient ancestors were not valid then our ancestors were not valid. If it was only their conversion to Christianity that gave them value, then it would be no loss if the people of Europe were replaced by people from Africa, the Middle East, or China, provided they were Christian. This idea is despicable. The hatred of paganism displayed by some who claim to care about the future of Europe reveals a cultural masochism.
The West’s self hatred is a deeply rooted spiritual sickness and it will not be easily cured. Jesus and the Bible are not enough and they never were. The only path is to go back to the beginning to a spiritual tradition older and higher than Christianity. Julius Evola believed that this tradition was known in Christian times by the Knights Templar and that their destruction was the beginning of the West’s decline. While it is extremely unlikely that the institutional Church will follow this path, it is at least a path open to the individual.
Templar chivalry was characteristically an order in which fighting and especially “holy war” were regarded as a path of asceticism and liberation. Externally, it embraced Christianity, but in its highest mystery, which was restricted to an inner circle, it went beyond the Christian religion, rejecting the worship of Christ and the main limitations of a devotional type. This chivalry also tended to shift the principle of supreme spiritual authority to a center other than Rome, a center more properly designated with the nobler and more universal term “Temple” rather than “Church.” ~ Julius Evola, The Mystery of the Grail, page 129