Terry Mattingly–Fundamental truths about the suspect in the Norwegian attacks

At the age of 15, Breivik apparently chose to be baptized and confirmed into the state church. However, the writings left behind by the 32-year-old radical also stress that he does not hold traditional Christian beliefs or practice the faith. Instead, he carefully identifies himself as a “Christian agnostic” or a “Christian atheist (cultural Christian).” In his manifesto, Breivik emphasizes his identity as a Free Mason, his interest in Odinist Norse traditions and his role as a “Justiciar Knight” in a new crusade against Islam.

“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian,” he wrote, in a passage that found its way into a few media reports. “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.”

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4 comments on “Terry Mattingly–Fundamental truths about the suspect in the Norwegian attacks

  1. NoVA Scout says:

    It’s interesting to lay Breivik’s religious references over some of the Nazi uses of religion. I see a lot of similarities in the perversion of the Message.

  2. Teatime2 says:

    Hmm, kind of like being a cultural Jew. But that’s a stretch for Christianity.

  3. Confessor says:

    We have perfect examples in the Catholicism of Pelosi, Sebelius and the late Ted Kennedy and the Christianity of Gene Robinson and KJ-Shori and a number of other TEC/ACoC/CoE bishops and priests who pick and choose where sexuality and doctrine are concerned.

  4. NoVA Scout says:

    While I have to acknowledge that people like the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and Gene Robinson are not among the most admired people of readers of this blog, I find it more than passing strange that someone would find some kind of connection between the addled theological musings of a Norwegian cold-blooded mass murderer on the one hand and Episcopal “bishops and priests” on the other. Does anyone really think that Breivik and KJS suffer from the same deficiencies? I could say the same for the reference to Pelosi, Sebelius and the late Senator Kennedy.

    I continue to be amazed at the boogie man dimensions that many readers here ascribe to rather ordinary (too ordinary for the job or the times, I fear) folks like KJS. Surely there must be a sense of perspective and proportion applied.