Is Protestantism necessarily liberal?
Is Christianity incompatible with “racism” and “white supremacy”? Liberals insist that Christianity is only compatible with liberalism but history shows us this is far from being true. Western elites first became liberal and then transformed Christianity in their image.
Yesterday, we looked at how Lutherans supported National Socialist Germany and justified it on the basis of Luther’s Two Kingdoms doctrine and even welcomed the Third Reich as a triumph over liberalism and communism. Christians were more eager to collaborate with the Nazis than Hitler and the Nazis were with them. We also looked at how church and state were fused in the age of Lutheran Orthodoxy and Pietism in Northern Europe between the Reformation and the Enlightenment and how that system only began to break down and succumb to liberalism after Prussia’s defeat during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century.
Today, we are watching the same liberal historian of religion whine about the Afrikaners whose core identity as a covenanted, Calvinist people was the foundation of apartheid in South Africa. The Afrikaners are another example of illiberal Protestantism.
Note: You can probably see where this is going. The ultimate historical example of illiberal Protestantism and its compatibility with “racism” and “white supremacy” was the slaveholding Anglican culture of the American South that was the wellspring of the Confederacy. The American South was a caste-based, Protestant culture for three centuries.