At the very foundation of Christianity is the belief that what is best for the human soul is not life in this world, but life in another world above and beyond this one. The ultimate goal of the Christian is to somehow attain to that other world which is far better than this one in every conceivable respect.
Another way of saying this is that the Christian believes that there is something above and beyond reality that is better than reality.
Christianity is essentially a glorified form of escapism. As I’ve written before, the earliest Christians were resentful and envious inferior types who just couldn’t live with the fact that there were better people in the world – successful, powerful and gifted people – who rightfully ruled over them.
Consumed by an overwhelming spite for all the better people of the world, they dreamed up a fantastic idea according to which they could actually seem to be even better than the better people of the world. They imagined that there was another reality above and beyond this reality, and that only those who believed in it could ever live in it. They preached that it was possible to be even better than the successful, the powerful and the gifted, and that one only had to have faith in order to be better than all the better people of the world.
In this way, the earliest Christians turned their profound disdain for reality into an utter denial of reality which was accompanied by an absurd tendency to believe in any miracle, no matter how unbelievable.
Armed with their sanctimonious belief system that squarely defied reality, these early Fundamentalist Christians found the courage to blatantly oppose all who were truly better than they were and to disparage everything that was truly noble and glorious. Having no regard for reality, they had no problem with the prospect of being violently expelled from reality by the sword, by the cross or by the lions in the Circus Maximus.
By the way, I find it interesting that a total disregard for reality can be considered courageous rather than insane.
Of course, the early Fundamentalist Christians couldn’t care less about attaining to any degree of real success in this world, or about obtaining any real wealth in this world, or about wielding any real power in this world. All of this was beneath them, their sights being squarely fixed on that which is above and beyond anything that could ever be gained in reality. They could insist that they were not at all hopeless defeatists by claiming that they would eventually have everything that was better than the best in the end.
Thankfully, the reality-denial of the early Fundamentalist Christians – and their absurd religious superiority complex accompanying it – never prevailed outside of their primitive Christian communities. By the third century AD, the demented extremism of Christian Fundamentalism was largely mitigated by forces of reality that would not be denied, including not only the sage policy of persecution by the Roman authorities, but more importantly by the sheer resilience of a sane and sound, reality-accepting European Tradition.
Unlike the reality-denying Christian Fundamentalists, European Traditionalists had always retained a good grasp on reality. Rather than obsessing endlessly over a world above and beyond this reality and essentially disregarding the reality of this world, the noble European was encouraged by his Tradition to aim to attain to that which was the best possible in this world, i.e. within the realm of reality. This is the essence of what is called the Faustian spirit of European man. It is a spirit that wants to become the master of reality as much as possible rather than despising this reality and hoping and praying to leave it in order to live in an unreal fantasy world.
After the Christian religion became an accepted (and eventually official) part of the reality of the Roman Empire, the Fundamentalist Christian rejection of reality took a back seat to a much saner view of existence. Most Christians were now decent people who accepted reality in this world as it really was rather than obsessing about a world that was above and beyond reality, although fantasizing about this other world was never entirely given up, especially among extremists such as Christian priests, monks and missionaries.
As long as the reality-accepting European Tradition has endured (even if under the name of Christianity), the better men among Europeans have continued always to strive for that which was best in this world, in this reality. This is why Europeans have excelled at everything that they have ever done. Important scientific advances, glorious architecture such as the Gothic cathedrals, great works of art and music, philosophical and intellectual genius, discovering the entire world and conquering most of it – all of this is due to European Tradition; none of it is due to Christian Fundamentalism. Europeans certainly would not have produced any such excellence if Christianity had truly prevailed over Europe.
Unfortunately, a new form of Fundamentalism has prevailed over Europeans in recent times; perhaps it could be called Leftist Fundamentalism. Unlike Christian Fundamentalism, this Leftist Fundamentalism doesn’t preach the “pie in the sky” belief of a world above and beyond this one. But it does share the same profound disdain for the reality of this world as it really is and this comes from the same profound resentment and envy of inferior types (Stoddard’s “Underman”) that gave rise to Christian Fundamentalism.