When, at the 2017 American Renaissance Conference, Arktos’ CEO announced they had published a book about Christianity, I cheered. I have long complained of Arktos’ focus on neo-paganism. We need to save the West! Christianity is already nominally adhered to in the West and has a pervasive infrastructure. As such, I’ve argued that Arktos needs to promote the idea of Christendom. In Andrew Fraser’s, “Dissident Dispatches: An Alt-Right Guide to Christian Theology,” Arktos has produced a ground-breaking and important culturist Christian tome.
Fraser obliquely confronts neo-paganist charges that Christianity is too ‘universalist,’ in that it focuses on individuals globally and sees no differences between groups. (140). My realization that the modern church is too pussified to fight Islam has had me scouring crusades era literature to look for Just-War scripture. I came to Fraser’s book looking for specific scriptural culturist Christian ammunition. But, it turns out, Fraser largely eschews details for meta-political analysis.
Overall, Fraser’s book tells of his expulsion from university for thought crimes. As such, it largely consists of papers Fraser wrote for theology school, professors’ replies and details of his challenges their assessments. Universities’ overall PC rot is not news, (Jack Buckby’s culturist book, ‘A Paradoxical Alliance,’ chronicles his expulsion from the University of Liverpool for thought crimes). But, Fraser’s focus on Church rot is new. Fraser’s detailing of his expulsion is entertaining, and it confirms the rot we’ve expected in the church, but it does lead to some repetition.
Dissident Dispatches’ meta-narrative idea that helped me the most was that of national salvation supplementing individual salvation. In Matthews (28:19) Jesus tells his disciples to “teach all nations.” (73) Furthermore, rather than just focusing on Jesus’ death as the meaning of Christianity, by including the Old Testament wherein god works in history, we give credence to the idea that religion exists to define, unite and morally guide nations. (229) We can save the West by once again identifying as Christendom, and remembering the main culturist Old Testament message: immorality brings national doom.
Marvelously, Fraser argues for pan-Anglo-Saxon unity and WASP pride. Yet, subtly, he criticizes white nationalists for overlooking ethnicity and religion. He writes, prior to Christianity, “the white race never possessed a cohesive or conscious collective identity.” (168) Prior to Christianity, there were only scattered ethnicities. And, virtually every modern European ethnic group traces its roots back to a group of once-persecuted Christians. In this context, we learn that “Anglican” really means ‘Anglo-Kin’. (310) Fraser’s race, ethnicity, religion identity formula underpins his contention that we need national churches to define and unite white ethnic groups.
Potentially uniting with neo-pagans, Fraser shows that the rise of Christianity in Europe was directly dependent on Indo-European cultures’ division into men of prayer, men of labor and men of war. (177) This helps undermine the globalist narrative wherein Christianity is the same for all peoples. Conversely, our abandoning of this format, wherein we’re not in a caste, but simply generic consumers, has undermined our collective identity, unity and power. Roles and hierarchy within an officially recognized Christian Western narrative is the only thing that can help us repulse Islam, reassert morals and reclaim our honor.
Within the overall great meta-political analysis, I found the “preterist” view, wherein Jesus’ second coming already happened in 70 ad, with the destruction of the Jewish temple, less helpful. While I am in no way a theologian, Revelations’ 2nd coming description wherein “Every living thing in the sea died” and many other passages, counter the preterist interpretation. (16:3) Rather than applaud Revelations’ admitted “warlike” qualities, Fraser dwells on the idea that Israel’s covenant is void and now resides with Christian nations. (274) But, I don’t see how undermining another nation’s racial-ethnic-religious sovereignty claims strengthens ours.
I urgently recommend Dissident Dispatches as it successfully argues for national churches and Christianity’s nationalist perspective. Personally, I would have liked more scriptural analysis. Fraser does attack on PC the churches’ ‘cult of the other’ by showing the Samaritan parable means we must help those with whom you share social capital, not strangers. (487) But, outside of Matthew 28:19 and replies to the specific books his instructors assigned, I had hoped for more specific scriptural references with which to arm ourselves against the church’s social justice orientation and bolster the Bible’s nationalist claims.
Alongside my search for more scriptural / historical justification for national churches, my strategic culturist question remains, “How do we steal the churches back from the lefties?” Clifford Putney’s ‘Muscular Christianity’ shows the boy scouts and YMCA creating patriotic tough Christians; Doris Bergen’s ‘Twisted Cross,’ shows more extreme but theologically failed modes of institutional organization; and the first so-called ‘culturist’, Matthew Arnold, penning a public school Bible primer, is a lead to follow. Though I’m not sure how our culturist take-over will happen, Fraser’s ‘Alt-Right guide’ provides needed meta-political understandings for our resurgent Christendom to unite around.
Dr. John Kenneth Press is the author of ‘Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future‘. He is also the author of a biography of the first person to be called a ‘culturist’ practicing ‘culturism,’ Matthew Arnold. www.culturism.us has more information.