Skip to comments.Was Anders Breivik a Christian?
Posted on 07/25/2011 5:04:32 AM PDT by daniel1212
My prayers go out to the people of Norway and all of those affected by the vicious murders of Anders Breivik. My intention is not to make less of what happened in Norway, but to explain that his murderous actions were not of the teachings of Christianity.
The following commentary and quotes briefly look at some of Breiviks positions in his own words against the charge that he was a Christian; much less a fundamentalist Christian. Also, keep in mind that those who have claimed Breivik as being a fundamentalist Christian seem to be using the term as an undefined rhetorical talking point against conservative Christianity.
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Breivik’s initial explanation comes in a segment of the manifesto entitled “Distinguishing between cultural Christendom and religious Christendom - reforming our suicidal church.”
“A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it,” he wrote.
“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian,” he wrote.
Later in the manifesto, when attempting to justify his “martyrdom operation” Breivik did not see himself as being religious.
“I’m not going to pretend I’m a very religious person as that would be a lie. I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment,” he wrote in a section of the manifesto.
“Religion is a crutch for many weak people and many embrace religion for self serving reasons as a source for drawing mental strength,” he wrote.
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