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What is Alt-Christianity
Note: In the Previous Essay about Alt-Christianity, I spoke about an essay that I had written on the subject back in june 2016. This is that essay, unedited from that time.
In recent years, and especially with the arrival of Donald Trump on the political scene, a movement broadly describing itself as the ‘Alternative Right’, or ‘Alt-Right’, has risen to some prominence in the West’s social, cultural, and political arenas. This is a movement that many individuals involved in politics—both those on the left and those on the ‘retreating right’—associate with the more unsavory elements of the political right-wing. And so, the alt-right is often vilified and misrepresented both by its enemies and by its alleged political allies. Now, while exaggerated and propagandistic attacks from the left are a standard phenomenon that should shock no one, it is also by no means surprising that individuals on the right with the strongest hold on power and political influence would try to discourage, disparage, and denigrate a movement that threatens their political and cultural capital. And while there are indeed some less than pleasant elements in the alt-right, as is the case with nearly all movements, one cannot help but suspect that a great deal of the reason for the dislike and sheer vitriol directed at the alt-right is due to the fact that many of those on the alt-right are willing to speak with a clear tongue, rather than with a politically-correct one, and they are willing to pursue the truth as they see it even if that pursuit takes them to impolite places, places that too many people in the last few generations are unwilling to enter. Those labelling themselves as alt-right are unapologetic, loud, and aggressive when pressed, and unlike the retreating-right all too often does, those on the alt-right are not willing to attack their actual allies on the right with more fervor than they attack those on the left. The alt-right is not willing to bow and scrap in order to be accepted by the cultural elite and the East-Coast ‘intellectuals’. And instead of merely standing athwart the progressive’s path yelling stop, but still getting pushed down that path regardless, only at a slightly slower pace, the alt-right is not a rear-guard action but an offensive vanguard; a vanguard to return civilization, and specifically Western Civilization, to a time when the follies of the present age were seen for the follies that they truly are.
In much the same way as with the alt-right, ‘Alternative Christianity’, and thus the Alt-Christian, is also tired of being on the defensive, as he has been for at least the last ten years. And so the Alt-Christian seeks to move to the attack to reclaim the intellectual and cultural ground that he has lost. Though not necessarily sharing all the same political or social goals as the alt-right, the Alt-Christian shares the latter’s same desire to speak forcefully and unapologetically for what he believes in. In this vein, the Alt-Christian is thus a man who does not call Christianity a faith, nor merely one faith among many, but rather, he proudly calls it the truth. The Alt-Christian does not seek emotive post-modern dialogue; instead he seeks rational argumentation, truthful rhetoric, and effective evangelism. The Alt-Christian is deeply concerned about the salvation of souls, but not at the expense of Christian truth; furthermore, the Alt-Christian realizes that it is precisely the truth, spoken boldly and forcefully rather than weakly and nicely, that will lead to a greater salvation of souls. Thus, the Alt-Christian does indeed seek the conversion of those from other religions, but he will not kiss the Koran, or white-wash history, or engage in religious equivalency for the sake of ecumenism. And while the Alt-Christian is not vile—for speaking the truth is never vile—the Alt-Christian does not give a rat’s ass to be falsely labelled as such if speaking the truth leads to such an outcome. At the same time, the Alt-Christian laughs in the face of non-Christians who try to pressure and shame him by labelling him as ‘not very Christ-like’. The Alt-Christian, furthermore, is not afraid to directly say that Christianity is indeed the most rational, and arguably the only rational, reasonable, consistent, non-ad-hoc, satisfying and reality-reflecting worldview that Man can believe in.
Spiritually, the Alt-Christian is a Christian who remembers that Christ was indeed gentle with repentant sinners, but that Christ was also the same man who was not afraid to violently clear out the money-changers with a self-made whip. The Alt-Christian knows that Christ was kind, but he also realizes that Christ was an alpha-male who spoke His mind and achieved His mission above all else. And the Alt-Christian appreciates that Christ always spoke the truth, but he also notes that Christ was more than willing to speak that truth with a harsh and biting tongue if the situation warranted it. Furthermore, the Alt-Christian accepts the beauty and complementariness of men and women, but he also accepts the headship of the man in all familial relationships and stresses the man’s acceptance of that role. The Alt-Christian accepts the existence of different denominational sects, but notes that if you are morally and socially on the right, and if you believe that God exists, that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and if you hold to Christianity’s foundational creeds, then you are to be counted as a Christian ally in the struggle for civilization regardless of your denominational affiliation. Relatedly, the Alt-Christian also realizes that though ‘Alternative Christianity’ thus embraces members from a wide range of different denominational affiliations, it is a fact that, in the world today, traditionalists and orthodox-believers across all denominations have more in common with each other than do liberal and orthodox members of the same denomination, and so an alliance along orthodox / traditionalist creedal lines is arguably more important than denominational ones in today’s day and age. Finally, the Alt-Christian takes seriously the danger of wolves in sheep’s clothing, and he realizes that Christianity is in as much danger from internal enemies as it is from ideologies and individuals who are exterior to it.
The Alt-Christian, furthermore, is not ashamed or embarrassed of being a Christian, nor does he feel some undue guilt at what Christian civilization has done in the world. Thus, the Alt-Christian is a Christian who does not hide his cross behind his shirt, but rather wears a shirt with a cross on it. Indeed, the Alt-Christian is proud of the fact that, though flawed in many ways, traditional Western Civilization, borne from the bosom of Christianity as one of its major forces, is the best civilization that the world has ever seen. And while the Alt-Christian knows that a return to the past is neither possible nor even desirable, he does note that a departure—whether physical or moral—from the absurdities of the present age is needed if any sort of traditionally moral civilization is to be maintained in the future. In essence, the Alt-Christian is first and foremost a Christian, but he is unapologetically and overtly Christian in ways that many Christians today are not.
Why the Prefix ‘Alt’
Now, one question that can be asked of the Alt-Christian is why choose the prefix ‘alt’? Indeed, why create a name which identities one as an ‘alternate’ Christian specifically, especially when there exist any number of other such prefixes that could have been used? In fact, why use a prefix at all? Well, there are a number of different reasons for why calling one’s self an ‘Alt-Christian’ is a solid choice of term given the current state of Christianity in the West.
First, and as mentioned earlier, the Alt-Christian shares many of the same goals as the alt-right does, and the Alt-Christian also aims to be intellectually uncompromising like many on the alt-right are, and so using this particular prefix demonstrates the loose ideological and strategic connection that exists between these two movements. Furthermore, the Alt-Christian is culturally and socially on the right of the political spectrum, and since the ‘alt’ prefix, at least today, belongs almost exclusively to the alt-right, then the Alt-Christian, in calling himself an Alt-Christian, is also demonstrating his commitment to the right side of the culture wars.
Second, the word ‘alternative’ brings to mind the idea of possibility and choice. Thus, to be an Alt-Christian is to imply that unlike many merely cultural Christians, the Alt-Christian has consciously and deliberately chosen Christianity as his alternative out of the many worldview alternatives that exist today. The Alt-Christian is not merely a Christian in the sense that some people are ‘pro-democracy’, and yet have no real knowledge of the benefits or drawbacks of democratic rule, nor do they know the arguments for or against their position; rather, the Alt-Christian is a Christian who knows what he believes and why he believes it. And in knowing what he knows, the Alt-Christian thus makes it clear that his alternative is indeed Christianity, and everything else is secondary.
Third, since the Alt-Christian is different from what many people would consider a Christian to be today, by thus calling himself an Alt-Christian, the Alt-Christian makes it clear that he is indeed different from other modern ‘Christians’. The Alt-Christian, for example, is not a progressive-Christian, nor a social justice Christian, nor a Christian-in-name-only. And while the label ‘Alt-Christian’ would be unnecessary in any other day and age—for what an Alt-Christian is, is largely what a regular Christian should be—given that today many people call themselves ‘Christians’ who are not so even in the most fundamental sense, and given the way many ‘Christian’ churches have sold their souls for the sake of worldly approval, then it is the case that something like the term ‘Alt-Christian’ is required to distinguish between the vast ‘Churchianity’ of the present age and the true Christianity that supported science, build universities, created cathedrals, developed natural law and human rights, repelled Islamic aggression, employed precise reason, and did so many of the things that have ennobled the life of Man.
The Alt-Christian’s Aims
Fundamentally, the Alt-Christian has three main aims. The first is to support the universal spread of a culturally robust, socially potent, and morally orthodox creedal Christianity both in the West and globally, as commanded by Christ Himself. Second is the resurgence of this form of Christianity in the West, which the Alt-Christian believes is the key to the renewal of Western Civilization. And finally third, the Alt-Christian aims to support ethno-ideological nationalism—essentially, ethnic groups, in their own nation-states, who are bound together not only by ethnicity but also by a common ideology, culture, and moral code—which he believes is critical to preserving orthodox Christian nations that can serve to promote Christianity worldwide.
To achieve these aims, the Alt-Christian, although unapologetically Christian, is willing to strategically ally himself with anyone on the side of traditional Western Civilization. Tactically, the Alt-Christian believes in offensive action, not defensive reaction. He seeks to take the initiative, not respond to his opponent’s manoeuvres. The Alt-Christian wants a secure base to operate from, but he also wants to then move out and take the intellectual fight to the enemy. The Alt-Christian wants a re-conquest of the cultural terrain, and he knows that the only way to do this is to actually go out and conquer the intellectual and cultural enemies that oppose him!
Though there are already many Christians who should be counted as Alt-Christians, and who would count themselves as such even though they have not labeled themselves in this way, Alt-Christian.com is meant to be a bastion where such individuals can congregate, converse, and learn. Furthermore, this website is meant to serve as a support for the Alt-Christian, thereby giving him the confidence to know that if speaks out about a certain Christian topic, and if he loses his job or is somehow harmed or punished for doing so, then someone will be there to assist him, support him, and back him until he can regain his footing. And if enough Alt-Christians do this, and if a large enough fund is created, then perhaps Christians in the West will feel less threatened and less reluctant to speak out in favor of Christian truth even though the very world may seem to be against them when they do so.
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