The Dark Ages
The Dark Ages was a period in European history which has been arbitrarily set at between approximately 800 AD and lasting until the Renaissance. Although this is by no means a fixed definition, the common thread throughout this period of history was the total dominance of Christianity and the repression of all art, science and progress that was not Christian in nature.
In this way the great scientific, philosophical and cultural works of the thousands of years of pre-Christian civilization were suppressed, all being ascribed to the work of pagans and therefore of devil authorship. The era became known as the Dark Ages because of the introduction of theocracy as the only guideline in all fields of endeavor. This created a halt to all progress and centuries of cultural stagnation, which marked the time between the glory of Classical antiquity and the rebirth of that glory in the Renaissance and the beginnings of the modern world.
In the field of the study of history, the dominance of the Church had a massive effect. The Lux Ex Orient (“the Light Comes from the East”) doctrine was established which said that all civilization originated in the Middle East, as this was where the events of the Bible had supposedly been played out. The Lux Ex Orient doctrine is still to this day the “popular” interpretation of history, with most people having been taught that “civilization originated in the fertile river valleys”.
The early Christians propagated their new religion amongst the White tribes of Europe with a fanaticism unseen in those lands until then: the murderous activities of Charlemagne in Germany and the Teutonic Knights in the Baltic states stand out as good examples and have already been discussed in detail in earlier chapters.
The practice of genocidal evangelism was widespread throughout Europe and it is no exaggeration to say that without this initial spurt of violence and savagery—which was justified by quoting selected Old Testament scripts which in turn quoted the Biblical God exhorting the Hebrews to kill his enemies—it is unlikely that Christianity would ever have displaced the original White Indo-European religions.
Certainly none of these original White religions ever contemplated converting non-believers upon pain of death, and were culturally and physically unprepared for the fanaticism engendered by a Middle Eastern religion such as Christianity. It is always worth bearing in mind that none of the original White religions—be they Odinism, or any of the Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek or Roman Gods—ever had a war fought in their names, or ever tried to convert adherents upon threat of death.
[After a few more paragraphs, Kemp writes of the times of the Inquisition, of which I will reproduce only one anecdote]
The Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno serves as a typical example of how the Inquisition went to work.
An ex-Dominican monk, Bruno, was burned at the stake by the Christian Church on 17th February 1600, after being arrested and imprisoned by the Inquisition. Bruno had abandoned Christianity and resurrected the materialism and Stoicism of the classical world as a personal belief system. The specific charges leveled against Bruno in his inquisition trial were staggering and revealed fully the descent into madness which typified the Inquisition. Bruno was accused of writing that:
• Moses was a magician;
• Moses had never spoken to God;
• Jesus was a magician and a wretch; and
• there was no reason to wonder at Jesus’ miracles because he, Bruno, could perform even greater ones.
In addition, Bruno was said to have said that Jesus did not rise from the dead and that the notion of a virgin birth was impossible. Furthermore he was charged with saying there was no Hell and no one would suffer eternal punishment. Finally he was quoted as saying that monks were asses.
In front of the inquisitors, Bruno stated that he had nothing to recant. On 8 February 1600 he was sentenced to death: his works were publicly burned on the steps of St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and placed on the Index of Forbidden Books. Bruno’s famous reply to the sentence was: “Perhaps you who pronounce my sentence are in greater fear than I who receive it.”
Racial effects of the age of theocracy
The spread of Christianity unquestionably affected the growth of the European peoples: particularly in the policy, still held in the Catholic Church to this day, of celibacy for leading church officials.
Although this policy of enforced celibacy amongst the priesthood, monks and nuns only ever applied to a relatively small number of Whites, it was nonetheless often the most intelligent members of society who became monks or nuns. This was so because during the Dark Ages, only the cleverest candidates were allowed to enter the priesthood: as the keepers of the arts and writing, the only way to gain any sort of education was to join the priesthood.
Although there can be little doubt that, given human nature, the celibacy rule was broken, it must also be so that the policy of deliberate celibacy saw many thousands of Europe’s cleverest people dying childless, their genes lost forever. The persecution of these great minds with the accusation of paganism also unquestionably stripped Europe of many of its cleverest people: the cumulative effect of the Dark Ages was to set Europe back centuries in development.