The Far Right and the Critique of Christianity

George Michael

in Theology of Hate

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033501
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038698 | DOI:
The Far Right and the Critique of Christianity

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This chapter examines the far right's disillusionment with Christianity, which originally commenced in Germany and Austria in the early part of the twentieth century, but later spread to America after World War II. Over the past few decades, other non-Christian religions have gained currency. Increasingly, Aryan revolutionaries in both North America and Europe are adopting neopaganism as their new religion. This development is suggestive of a trend in which the far right has moved away from mainstream Christianity. Arguably, there is an inherent tension between contemporary Christianity and some variants of right-wing extremism. To better understand the influence of non-Christian religions on the contemporary extreme right, this chapter examines the events surrounding the rise of the Third Reich. Not only did various neopagan and nature cults influence National Socialism, but the historical period of the Third Reich looms large in the mythos of contemporary rightist pagans and Creators as well.

Keywords: Germany; Austria; far right; Christianity; right-wing extremism; Third Reich; neopaganism; National Socialism; America

Chapter.  10692 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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