David Johnstone

Is Anders Behring Breivik a Christian?

July 25, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed ninety-something people in Norway apparently is a Christian. His Wikipedia page says he is one, and on his Facebook page he claimed to be one. But, here is what he says in his manifesto, “2083 — A European Declaration of Independence“:

If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. 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.

And again:

As this is a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus. Being a Christian can mean many things.

And a couple of paragraphs later:

You don’t need to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus to fight for our Christian cultural heritage. It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy (Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter)).

And finally:

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.

Any “religous Christian” would say that makes him no Christian at all.

Update: Here’s a follow up post that looks at many more things Breivik has to say concerning religion.

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