How European true identity was destroyed when Christianity moved in

By Vlassis Rassias | 9 July 2014
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Europe is a continent that for centuries has given birth to many notable cultures, ethnic traditions and civilizations, the common characteristics of whom were the dignity and self-determination of the human being, the quest for virtue and for the truth, reverence for the sacred, respect towards nature, the lifelong affirmation one’s personal worth and the esteem that comes with it, as well as the ideal of freedom.

Unfortunately, this tapestry of diverse yet similar and complementary polytheistic cultures, ethnic traditions and civilizations, ceased to exist when an eastern, strange, expansive and intolerant religion moved in forcefully and demanded the total disappearance of everything that people knew, held as sacred and preserved as social and spiritual values. What followed this unprecedented invasion in Europe, is more or less well known. Absolute cultural and cognitive collapse, barbarity, monotheism, superstition, hatred for everything that existed previously, political autocracy and an insane, all invasive theocracy, moral decline, abasement, genocide and ethnocide, and of course the flames. Flames that sprang and consumed unlucky human beings, masterpieces of art and literature, everything that was directly or indirectly representing the old “pagan” world that the new rulers craved to exterminate.

The worst consequence of all these calamities was the destruction of the self-awareness of the polytheistic “ethne” of Europe and the gradual erasure of their ethnic memory. Numerous generations of unlucky people spent all their lives with no real notion of identity, or who their ancestors were and how they viewed themselves, unaware of the history of the land they occupied. They had even forgotten the term “patris” (patria, fatherland), and for many centuries, the continent witnessed her children living completely alienated from her soul, made to believe that they had been “civilized” due to the bloody swords of Constantine, Charlemagne and other monotheist slaughterers, and praising the darkness as light. They even went as far as to export their barbarity and intolerance, first in the form of bloodthirsty crusades towards the East, and, later, in the form of bloodthirsty “explorations” to the, according to their own vocabulary, “new worlds”.

Glimpses of the lost light of the pre-Christian times, came back to our beloved Europe only in the last centuries, and only through a long and painful sequence of reinstatements, revivals, revolutions, movements of enlightenment and, of course, through the gradual re-acquirement of the abandoned genuine identities by some intellectual vanguards of the various European “ethne”. Since the 19th century of the chronology of the arrogant religion who dared to bisect the human History itself, most of the people of Europe are aware that they are not a rootless and amorphous human mass under the Cross or the Koran, but the descendants of historically existent and, most of them, glorious and advanced ancient “ethne”.

Some of these Europeans though, including us, have developed a deeper insight on the subject. All who perceive the flow of the time as circular and not linear, know quite well that History has no final destination but it simply follows the trends and tensions created inside her by the historical subjects at every single turn of the wheel of Eternity. And they also do know, quite well, that for someone to win the title of the “historical subject”, they must be able to have their proposals and ideas alive and attractive on the table, each time humanity is called to choose its next course inside the infinite fractal of History.

For us, each single actuality is a link. Every single moment revives the entire past and comprises the dynamics of the entire future. Seeing things in such a way, we, the representatives of the native, ethnic, indigenous, ancient but still alive Traditions and Religions of Europe, work hard to turn the issue of our complementary collective identities from a spiritual privilege of an enlightened vanguard, into a proud awareness and identification of all the Europeans, in front of this admirable mosaic of the genuine cultures, ethnic traditions and civilizations of their ancestors. We reclaim the European identity. We reclaim our true value systems and our true ways. Our purpose is clear, to restore the once defeated but not extinct, cultures of joy, freedom, polytheism, dignity, piety and uprightness, and, being a Hellene, please let me ad, of reason, humanism, eunomia and polyarchy.

May God Apollo’s light always shine on you.

This was a speech delivered at the 2014 European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER), at the Lithuanian Parliament (Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas), in Vilnius, Lithuania on 9 July 2014.

Vlassis Rassias has given nearly 100 lectures, in Greece and abroad, on the Hellenic religion, philosophy and ethos. In the summer solstice of 1998 he took part in the founding of The World Congress of Ethnic Religions (WCER) in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has written 18 books (16 of them on Ancient Greece) and 2 poetry collections.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. "Patris" (patria, fatherland) is a concept that didn't exist in pre-Christian tribal Europe, certainly not the way we understand it. Tribal alliances for trade and military purposes aren't the same thing as nationalism.

    Trying to import beliefs from 2,000-plus years ago pulls them out of their original context. Which Apollo should we worship? The shamanistic Hyperborean god of Delphi and other oracles? The dynastic god whose progeny included certain Greek royal families? The syncretic solar god of the late Roman Empire? The allegorical Apollo of the Renaissance? The Apollo of modern children's books about ancient myths?

    Does the fact that believing in Apollo is completely irrational (as much so as Christianity) concern us at all? Or that some pre-Christian European religious were more patriarchal and militaristic than Christianity? (I'm not defending Christianity here.)

    Once you remove beliefs from their context, you can do anything you want with them. That's what the pre-Nazi Ariosophist movements did when they reclaimed ancient Germanic cults. The revival of ancient religious ideas during the 19th century turned into a disaster for Europe by the 1930s. For a detailed history of how this happened, read "The Occult Roots of Nazism" by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.

  2. Christians have destroyed the culture of every society they have invaded over the last 2000 years. From Europe to the Americas to Asia. It will not stop.

    • christianity didn't replace the language, i actually take numerous traditions that are still celebrated today, if you see copts in egypt they preserve some of their culture in contrast to the arab world, same in armenia for example, im not saying is good or it replaced some aspects, but treating it like if they made a total replace is inacurate

  3. Read the Chalice and the Blade. Monotheistic Patriarchal religions, of which, Christianity is only one, is the root of the problem. Patriarchy is killing the planet.

    Mother Earth doesn’t need humans, but humans need Mother Earth. She will rid herself of us, to save herself. We will deserve our extinction.

  4. Nonsense

    I am not a believer. But Christianity was a cut above any other religion. Eventually (and not immediately or perfectly) Christianity inspired and empowered the arts and scientific discovery. It gave all men and women some dignity. it had rules which gave society some moral structure. The renaissance would not have been possible without Christianity. The American Revolution would not be possible without Christianity.

    • Political revolutions happen all the time. You don't need religion, let alone Christianity, to get them started. All you need is an oppressive government and a disgruntled populace. People tend to revolt when they feel they are being mistreated, whether they are Christian or not. Also, the pagan Greeks and Romans already had established academic institutions in place long before Christianity showed up. It was Christianity that shut down those institutions and confined all academic discourse to those allowed by the Church. The Renaissance was a result of the re-discovery of all the surviving pagan knowledge that had been accumulated prior to Christianity; due in no small part to the waning power and influence of the Church. Had it not been for Christianity, the Scientific Revolution would have likely occurred several centuries earlier.

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