458. Difficulty at the beginning (VI)
I said that Christianity, while not fully responsible for Rome’s fall, contributed to her fall—and I also suggested that Christianity is a feminine religion disconnected from reality, as with wokeness. Very well, yet how did the West conquer the world under Christianity? Essentially, by the 19th century, almost every country in the world was ruled by a Western power; and all those powers were nominally Christian. So how did a meek and mild religion lead to a global dominion greater than Rome at her height?
After Rome fell, everything went into darkness. For a time, there were baths and roads in operation—just as in contemporary Britain you find the odd functional organisation that still knows the old ways and is yet to be pillaged. Gradually, these islands of Roman civilisation disappeared until only the Church remained. The Roman Catholic Church still uses Rome’s language today, Latin—she is the last continuous link with the Roman Empire; she even has her headquarters in Rome. What could be preserved from Rome amidst general darkness was in the Church, although the Church herself—as with the woke today—destroyed many “wicked old ways”; pagan relics then, objects produced by white males now.
Under harsher conditions, men became more virtuous—more effective and realistic. Rome’s decadence and her Christian virtue-signalling were forgotten; people just had to get on with it among barbarian invasions and collapsed infrastructure. When the contemporary West emerged in roughly the 1200s, she was now led by virtuous and practical men. Christianity had been altered accordingly.
Rather like wokeness, Christianity was popular among decadent upper-class women in Rome who wanted to counter-signal the establishment. Roman gods were masculine and warlike—ragged Christians said meekness, mildness, and turning the other cheek were high status. Obviously, what these Roman “hippies” said is a recipe to be massacred by other people; fully live out the Christian ethic and you will die—as Christ did. Virtuous men—including in the Church—*patched* Christianity with Classical thinkers, particularly Plato and Aristotle, so that it related to reality: you could wage a just—nay, a holy—war against the infidels. The Christianity that made the West was the Christianity that arrived in decadent Rome plus Aristotle and Plato to patch up the unrealistic bits—plus saints, really continuations of the old city gods, so you could have warlike patron saints for balance.
Besides, as Carl Schmitt noted, the Christian doctrine “love thy neighbour”, if you examine the original Latin and Greek, does not mean “love everyone”; it referred to your “civic neighbour”, a distinction we do not have in English, and not your “human neighbour”—i.e. love your fellow citizens, but you do not have to love people outside your city; and so Christians could fight the Muslims for a thousand years quite happily—you do not have to love people who want to kill you. This point is deliberately misunderstood by leftists who want to subvert Christianity, some milky and ignorant sincere Christians, and modern “pagans” who want to make out Christianity is inherently suicidal.
This patched Christianity served well, although it was a bit contradictory—at bottom, as Nietzsche would say, Christianity is pacific and feminine; it had been adapted to facilitate survival—and the adaptations did not always make sense. However, Nietzsche missed one way in which Christianity made Europeans more ferocious: it conferred a high positive ethnocentricity on otherwise individualistic Northern Europeans. When you hear Evangelicals chant “We are Zion! We are Zion!” you hear them say, “We are the new Jews, we are the Chosen People—the people of a special sort who can do anything if Providence demands it.” Providence wills it, and it is done; no man may oppose the Elect. This attitude facilitated the Northern European empires; although, as Nietzsche noted, this Christianity eventually mutated—as Europe became decadent—into socialism and wokeness, beliefs much more like the Christianity that contributed to Rome’s fall; and, indeed, these Christian heresies persecute traditional Christians today.