According to Stuff, Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik
…describes himself as a Christian, leaning toward right-wing Christianity, on his Facebook page
Wikipedia, that great source of sometimes correct information, describes Breivik as “Religion: Christian”
Interestingly, we can put this claim to the test by reading a lengthy book that Breivik spent over a decade writing (1,518 pages) called “2083 A European Declaration of Independence” (PDF here).
Here are a few excerpts, thoughts, and observations from his book:
- Breivik explains that his father had three children from a former marriage, and his mother had a daughter from a previous relationship. His parents divorced when he was one year old. Other break-ups followed and Breivik has not seen his father since he was 15 years old.
- Breivik certainly engages with both the Bible and the Qu’ran. “Bible” is referenced on 28 pages within his book, “Koran” on 43 pages, and “Quran” on 66 pages.
- Breivik is certainly strongly against multi-culturalism and this appears as a thread running through his book.
- On page 1,132 under the heading “European political solutions of the future”, Breivik states that the majority of Protestants have lost all respect for the Protestant church He then claims the church of Rome may be a better alternative for a number of reasons. This is very revealing as it shows where Breivik is heading theologically. For those versed in Protestant theology, the following two quotes (from many) show that Breivik is far from a Protestant, instead leaning very heavily toward Roman Catholicism:
The Role of Tradition
A few important factors is the apostolic succession and to the antiquity of the Roman Catholic Church. However, Scripture was never intended to be the believer’s sole guide for all of faith and practice; for all that he believes and does. Scripture and Tradition belong together as well.
Scriptures lack of relation to Church
Christ left a church, not a book, and that the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura (by scripture alone) is illogical because the formation of the canon (i.e. what we recognise as Scripture) was itself a monumental act of the church. Thus, the Bible requires an infallible church.
- Breivik’s theology is poor in other areas. For example, he states that the Bible was “dictated by God”, yet this is plainly not what Christians teach. This is in fact how Muslims believe the Qu’ran was delivered to the illiterate Muhammad.
The following is lifted verbatim from a Q and A section of his book:
Q: Are you a religious man, and should science take priority over the teachings of the Bible?
A: My parents, being rather secular wanted to give me the choice in regards to religion. At the age of 15 I chose to be baptised and confirmed in the Norwegian State Church. I consider myself to be 100% Christian. However, I strongly object to the current suicidal path of the Catholic Church but especially the Protestant Church. I support a Church that believes in self defence and who are willing to fight for its principles and values, at least resist the efforts put forth to exterminate it gradually. The Catholic and Protestant Church are both cheering their own annihilation considering the fact that they embrace the ongoing inter-faith dialogue and the appeasement of Islam. The current Church elite has shown its suicidal face, as vividly demonstrated last year by the archbishop of Canterbury’s speech contemplating the legitimacy of Shariah in parts of Britain.
I trust that the future leadership of a European cultural conservative hegemony in Europe will ensure that the current Church leadership are replaced and the systems somewhat reformed. We must have a Church leadership who supports a future Crusade with the intention of liberating the Balkans, Anatolia and creating three Christian states in the Middle East. Efforts should be made to facilitate the de-construction of the Protestant Church whose members should convert back to Catholicism. The Protestant Church had an important role once but its original goals have been accomplished and have contributed to reform the Catholic Church as well. Europe should have a united Church lead by a just and non-suicidal Pope who is willing to fight for the security of his subjects, especially in regards to Islamic atrocities.
I fully support that the Church gains more or less monopoly on religion in Europe (government policies, school curriculum etc at least) in addition to granting the Church several concessions which have been taken from them the last decades.
As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science and it must always continue to be that way.
Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe.
Like Richard Dawkins, Breivik states his beliefs clearly, and we can be thankful of this as it allows us to see clearly where his thinking is coming from. Consider the previous quotation however. It shows a confused man, one that has not understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has instead put on the clothes of cultural christianity (lower case intentional). He considers himself to be 100% Christian, yet not excessively religious, and places logical thinking over Scripture.
Naming his favorite books, Breivik states:
George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four, Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan, John Stuart Mill – On Liberty, John Locke – Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations, Edmund Burke – Reflections on the Revolution in France, Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, William James – Pragmatism, Carl von Clausewitz – On War, Fjordman – Defeating Eurabia
Other important books I’ve read (in random order):
The Bible, Avesta, Quran, Hadith, Plato – The Republic, Niccolò Machiavelli – The Prince, William Shakespeare – First Folio, Immanuel Kant – Critique of Pure Reason, Homer – Iliad and Odyssey, Dante Alighieri – The Divine Comedy, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels – Communist Manifesto, Charles Darwin – The Origin of Species, Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace, Franz Kafka – The Trial, Arnold Joseph Toynbee – A Study of History
Note his relegation of the Bible to his second tier of books, yet for the follower of Jesus the Bible should be at the top of the list. Interestingly he extensively criticizes Muslims, who would not denigrate a Qu’ran by placing it on the floor, yet claiming to be 100% Christian he fails to place the Bible as #1.
While I find there is much to agree with politically in the writings of Anders Behring Breivik, his Biblical understanding is severely lacking. This is all-important because what you believe determines how you behave. But I suppose it is easier to use a gun to kill your enemies than it is to follow Jesus’ words and love your enemies.