There is a tendency for group thinkers to apply guilt by association to their opposites. Atheists revile conservatism for being associated with Christians, while the new alternative right tends to glorify Christianity for the same exact reason. They’re both wrong. While Christianity does echo some fairly bland and uncontroversial sentiments about the role of women and submitting to authority, the Biblical focus has always been on salvation and the afterlife. The attempt to scaffold some sort of elitist authoritarian premise onto this faith is a pitifully inept ad hoc modification.
The contradiction in the general narrative here is almost as laughable as the scriptural conflict: Most theists will claim that Christianity does not support wars and oppression in its own name and point out that the worst atrocities in recent memory have been committed by atheists like Stalin and Mao. Do the conservatives and neo-authoritarians agree with the premise of the Vulgar Atheists, or can we just admit that humans are naturally prone to violence and conquest with both religious and secular beliefs being secondary to their inherently bloodthirsty dispositions? We do know for a certain fact that the scriptures themselves do not advocate any sort of elitist, meritocratic patrician society however.
While I would argue that seeking religion in general as a foundation for elitism is a manifestly silly practice to begin with, there are such glaringly obvious problems with Christianity in particular that we must address them before moving on. Christ was chiefly concerned with rescuing the poor undeserving, pitiful untermenschen from their plight and regarded the rich with such disdain that even a modern liberal would blush:
Christ wasn’t looking for inherent personal value here:
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” –Luke 5:32
The Apostle Paul even claimed this religion simply requires belief alone, with no genital mutilation, inherent worthiness, personal work and sacrifice, or slaying of the unclean necessary for membership:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, lest any man should boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9
One of history’s first recorded instances of “The Evil Rich Capitalist Meme” was voiced by Jesus himself:
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” –Matthew 19:24
Christ even advocated pacificism:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” –Mathew 5:9
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” –Mathew 5:39
Why this sounds an awful lot like an equality narrative here:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” –Galatians 3:28
Clearly this became the world’s most popular religion precisely for the reasons that Nietzsche criticized it: Christianity is designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator of resentful peasants and requires a fairly low amount of effort. (They’re called “Sunday Christians” for a reason.) You didn’t think it was popular because it challenged people to rise to the occasion and better themselves, did you? Much like microwavable meals, Christianity is the Easy Faith for the busy working class proletariat.
The very basis for Christianity and most of the Abrahamic faiths came from how accessible they are to the commoner. Worst still, these religions are based on the EGALITARIAN premise that ANYONE can find salvation. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Nobel Prize winner or a homeless IV drug user, the religion of equal salvation will treat you both identically. The failure of the alternative right to even be cognizant that Christianity is popular for the same reasons as cheap beer, fast food, and vulgar cinema has more to do with a misplaced sentimental nostalgia for the religion one was born into than anything.
In Christianity we find the origin of liberalism itself, the radical notion everyone is equal and all those bad ol’ rich oppressors will have their Day of Judgement. How is the notion that one’s betters will be eventually punished by eternal damnation anything other than the ultimate REVENGE FANTASY for a group of wretched misfits unable to exact their vengeance in this present life? Is it any wonder at all that Christianity became so very popular among blacks in America? Sit and chew on that one for a while before you go proselytizing for this ultimate triumph of slave morality.
What justification do we have for Christianity? Why nothing more than Blind Faith. When you adhere to irrationality itself as the basis for your religious belief, you’ve effectively demolished your own foundation. Christianity is literally predicated on error, on the conscious, willing denial of any sort of rational proof for its existence. Furthermore, Christianity advocates such a hostility to the present, temporal existence as to render a pernicious form of nihilism towards day to day living.
Moreover, just as Paganism, the Greek Pantheon, and countless other religions before it, Christianity is now out of its place and time. People are finding it increasingly difficult to believe, hence the necessity of declaring oneself to be at least partially insane as a justification for having faith in it. The only reason Christianity is still respected at all is because the smoky depths of time have obscured its vulgar, simplistic origins. It is for the reverse reason that patently fake religions like Scientology are dismissed out of hand. Just like the made-up peasant faiths before it, Christianity was rightly criticized upon its birth as recorded by the forgotten words of Tacitus:
“…and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind…”
That’s right, the early Christians were reviled as yet another shameful religious cult out spreading anarchy and upsetting the natural authoritarian order.
The Wizard has finally been revealed behind the curtain, the strings pulling the puppet are reflected in the cold light, and the mental gymnastics necessary to justify Bronze Age belief systems are finally becoming too strenuous for modern minds. The only remaining justification seems to be that Christianity is the “lesser of evils” when compared to paganism or liberal atheism. Why settle for EITHER? You can argue for a meritocratic, non-egalitarian framework all day long from a purely non-religious perspective and do so with much more intellectual integrity than appealing to some made-up derivative God founded on the superstitions of spiteful Jewish Slaves. Why even take the time to use this particular religion which is literally the very antithesis of what you’re trying to accomplish? Must you bastardize and re-interpret Scripture simply to revive some sort of self-contradictory zombie religion? Leave it in the grave!
The time has come for the agnostics, atheists, and the other non religious to shake off the final shackles of Christian egalitarianism and found a new system of value, not merely resurrect a decaying corpse God.