Cecilia Davenport has written an excellent piece at TPC on why nationalists should choose Christianity over paganism. Uncertain whether my comments will be approved there, I’d like to publish them here.
Cecilia Davenport writes:
Neo-paganism is politics become religion, in the purest way. But it is also (perhaps noble) savagery. That is what Gregory Hood means when he looks for something to “save” us: he wants a political religion, something to wipe away the ugliness of the world we find ourselves in now.
Perhaps it could be approached from the opposite side, religion become politics: We require a traditional polity to save souls and glorify God. I like how the Catholic distributists sometimes argue their system isn’t an ideology; it’s Catholicism.
I enjoy reading some pagans of the past: Confucius and Cicero come to mind. Authentic paganism tends to revere ancestors. The son is lower than the father, the grandson even lower, and so on. I want to say I’m recalling St. Francis on this character of paganism.
Darwinism turns paganism on its head. Rather than cherishing life and honouring the past, the modern pagan wants progress. For him, the son is superior to the father, or should be. Modern pagans too often seek Salvation in science and seek to “become gods” rather than to preserve heritage and identity. And to be blunt: They often don’t care about being white even if proclaiming to. They want genetic engineering.
Their calling for aristocracy can simply be a call for genius scientists to be given charge. I think of an old master with a brutally rigorous education meditating for a day before deciding a matter vs. a brash “genius” fresh out of school (where he’s learned little) deciding something revolutionary on a whim.
Recently Jerry Salyer put it well:
If, as we are told, the universe itself is the artifice of a Divine Craftsman, then “human behavior must be founded on cosmic order, which is dependent upon divine intention.” That is, the cosmic order itself provides a model for mortal technê. Of course knowing how to apply this model is easier said than done, which is why both Plato and Tolkien believed power could be responsibly wielded only after a long and arduous apprenticeship in virtue.
To put it clearly: We cannot become gods. We need to serve something higher. Worshiping technology and progress is not a higher god. Even if there’s nothing higher, man requires a life-giving delusion. Technology falls to relativity; We’re left with chaos pursuing that route.
Lewis is such a master on this topic: Till We Have Faces, Space Trilogy, Abolition of Man. You do well to quote him.
One quibble: Paganism is not a single religion.
I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m lecturing. I simply wish to share my comments on Cecilia Davenport’s profound and necessary article.