Last year marked the 500th anniversary of one of history’s greatest calamities: the Protestant Reformation.
Perplexingly, some in Rome in their eternal wisdom (infernal wisdom, perhaps?) felt it appropriate to honor the event with pomp and circumstance and a celebratory postage stamp. Yet make no mistake: The Protestant Reformation was a tragic disaster, the terrible effects of which continue to unfold to this day.
Simply put, Protestantism — revolution in religious form — is the intellectual and philosophical wellspring whence derives modern Leftism in all its various guises. Indeed leftism in the West can only be truly understood as Protestantism sans God.
“The First Whig Was The Devil”
Samuel Johnson’s famous quip about Satan and Whiggery contains perhaps as much Truth as the Bible itself. For what is revolution in essence if not the prideful denial of rightful authority and the rejection of Natural Law? Who was Lucifer if not the first Bolshevik?
Understand that Luther merely followed in the footsteps of his true spiritual father. Revolution’s first victim is always hierarchy, and it was no different with Protestantism. In denying the spiritual authority of the Church and attacking Truth itself, Luther laid the intellectual groundwork necessary for the full denial of Rightful authority, natural law, and objective morality that blossomed during the Enlightenment.
It is in Luther’s sola scriptura (and to an extent sola fide) that we find the seeds of the Enlightenment and its revolutionary religion, Leftism. The essence of Protestantism is effectively that the individual can be and is the sole arbiter of divine Truth. In rejecting any and all authority other than the Bible itself, Protestantism sets itself up as a natural and necessary intellectual stepping stone to moral relativism and political revolution (indeed it is no surprise that Luther’s revolution was followed almost immediately by a peasants’ revolt).
And although leading a religious revolution, Luther’s politics were wholly secular. In denying the authority of the Catholic Church every last semblance of a trace of the notion of the Christian Imperium, Imperator and Patriarchae, Throne and Altar, and the natural and divine hierarchy it reflects was defenestrated faster than the two Catholic Lords Regent in Prague. Observes Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn: “The introductory note to this decline of civilization was written by Martin Luther, who worshipped the nation [and] exalted the state”.
If Luther sowed the Leftist seeds they were nurtured and matured under Calvin. In Calvinism we find paradoxically both the familiar Leftist tendency to immanentize the eschaton, the attempt to construct a utopia on Earth, and the fertile soil in which grew a materialist, mercantile capitalist culture — and it is indeed the conflict between these two opposing forces, these fundamentally materialistic, anthropocentric siblings, that was, in the form of socialism/communism v. capitalism, the central battle of the late-19th and 20th centuries.
Furthermore, in the radical Protestant sects like Calvinism and the Baptist churches one finds iconoclasm, hatred of beauty [low Protestant churches are as inspiring and soul-nurturing as a dentist’s waiting room], rejection of hierarchy and implicit egalitarianism, and, yes, anti-Catholicism, which are directly reflected in 19th and 20th century Marxism and post-Modernism.
The Proof Is In The Protestant Pudding
While the Catholic Church in its current state is by no means a bastion of orthodoxy, having been wounded grievously by the forces Luciferianism, Bolshevism, and Masonry, it is still a champion of tradition when compared to many of the Protestant sects.
The Anglican Church has devolved into a bad joke, with female “priests” and “bishops” and the wholehearted endorsement of homosexuality and radical gender identity theory. The Scandinavian churches are in a similar state — one hears tales of clergy removing Christian imagery in the name of “inclusivity” and referring to God as “she”.
It is indeed thanks to Protestants that the very notion of tolerance itself exists, a concept as we know it developed largely to stop the numerous Protestant sects from killing each other. This surrender to — and implicit endorsement of — relativism betrays an ignorance of the fact that the cult is the basis of culture, and has led inevitably to societies that tolerate a whole lot more than disagreements over the finer points of Protestant heresies.
And of course it was in the Puritan-tinged countries of England and America that arose the anti-Christian and materialistic Mercantile-Masonic Ascendency (and it was the peculiar nature of the Reformation in England, specifically Henry VIII’s looting of the monasteries, that arguably laid the groundwork for the direction of that country’s future economic and industrial development).
Conversely, with the exception of France, perhaps owing to that country’s peculiar and unique relationship with Gallicanism, it was the Catholic nations which held out the longest against the onslaught of modernity.
It was, until the final subversion and betrayal at Vatican II, the Catholic Church that was the loudest voice against Modernism in the West. It is no surprise that it is the Catholic nations of Poland and Hungary that stand fast against the dark forces of globalism today. Likewise it is no surprise that Orthodox Russia also resists the Atlanticists’ Luciferian neo-liberal order.