Who are the Christians’ closest allies?

Posted on September 12, 2011 by

The topic keeps getting bandied about on traditionalist sites, so I thought it might be time to discuss it here: Who are the Christians’ closest allies? The secularists or the members of the other Abrahamic religions?

My vote goes to the other Abrahamic religions. Yes, I know that some of them are bonkers (same as with us), that sharia puts Christians in a lower class, that they are our biggest religious competitors, etc. I’m not saying those things are immaterial. But at least they have a similar understanding of basic morality and aren’t worshiping the Earth Goddess or whatever. Discussing morality or traditionalism with secularists can be a bit like discussing life on earth with visitors from the planet Zorkon. The few who seem to “get morality” tend to be those who have fallen out of the faith, rather than those who were always secularists.

Bonald has described this choice as largely separating along Catholic/Protestant lines:

In practice, the Christian reactionary usually takes one of two positions.

  1. Regard Christians and liberals as closer to each other than either is to non-Christian civilization.  Liberals are our wayward brethren.  They’ve forgotten how the stuff they value, like human rights and the presumption of a rational universe, depends on Christian revelation.  Before and outside Christianity, the world is cruel and vicious, and not at all what liberals would want.  The non-Westerners are the real threat.  They don’t just criticize our civilization from within; they would destroy it from without.  Practical implication:  make common cause with Right-liberals against Islam.
  2. Regard Christianity and other religions as closer to each other than either is to the liberalism.  Liberalism is a freakish departure from the piety, patriarchy, and hierarchy that marks the consensus of all mankind.  Plato, Muhammed, and Confucius stand with us in condemning the liberal abomination, and this fact gives us comfort.  Practical implication:  make common cause with Muslims against feminism.

Right now, I’d like to leave aside the question of which is right and which is wrong.  I have colleagues who I deeply respect on both sides.  What I’ve noticed, though, is that Protestants seem to be noticeably more drawn to position 1 and Catholics to position 2.

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