Povl H. Riis-Knudsen wrote an article in 1987 called National Socialism: The Biological Worldview. He’s absolutely correct that NS has always been based on nature and biology, but there are many things in his article that I would say he simply got wrong; he inserted his own opinions and personal agenda into an article that’s supposed to objectively outline the roots and meaning of National-Socialism. In this post (and more to follow) I’ll quote extensively from his article and offer my critiques and corrections in response to what he says. For reference, the full article is available here: NationalSocialism-TheBiologicalWorldview
[Young people] have grown up in a world where they have been deliberately alienated from all natural values and natural ethical norms and taught that everything is relative, and where the borderline between truth and lie has ceased to exist, as there are no absolutes and everything depends on the way you choose to look at it. In this value-free world people live in a mental vacuum, totally out of contact with the real world, its relentless biological laws, and absolute moral and social obligations, and it is unavoidable that the National Socialist idea is felt as an incomprehensible alien element in such a political and philosophical universe.
As opposed to today’s carefree relativism, where all ideas – in principle at least – are equally acceptable and valid. National Socialism represents the unremitting effort to find the absolute truth and to make this truth the foundation of human society. Unlike the nebulous ravings of inane armchair philosophers and oriental mysticism, however, National Socialism is based on common sense, and it seeks its arguments in the real world, where the difference between truth and lie and between good and evil is determined by facts and not by wishful thinking and theoretic reveries.
In these two paragraphs I agree completely. However, as we’ll see later on, Povl H. Riis-Knudsen becomes inconsistent with his ideas. Absolute truth and absolute morality do exist, but Riis-Knudsen denies this by denying God and rejecting Christianity. You see, absolute truth could not exist in a world without God because we would be reduced to mere matter in motion, void of any sort of morality or truth. Relativism (and post-modernism) is a ridiculous idea, easily refuted.
Now, of course. National Socialism is not the only philosophy of life that claims to cover all aspects of existence. Other examples are for instance all the religions, which in principle give everybody who believes in them a guiding line for his conduct and attitudes in every situation in life. Today, however, the religions have been forced to compromise in a desperate attempt to bridge the quickly widening gap between the religious dogmas and reality – a gap which during the last 500 years has led to a steadily increasing secularization of the Christian countries in the old world and which today makes the westernized governments of most Islamic countries leave the strict religious structure of society in favour of either Capitalist or Communist materialism.
Above, two claims are made that National-Socialism is in competition with Christianity, and that Christianity conflicts with reality. Both claims are clearly false. NS is a worldview that covers many things based off of the natural world, but it doesn’t attempt to explain the creator of the natural world. NS states that we should behave honorably, but it doesn’t tackle the issue of where ideas like honor, truth, integrity, compassion, and so on came from. Christianity does. So although NS and Christianity closely align with each other, they remain separate doctrines. Furthermore, the assertion that “religious dogmas” conflict with reality is such an old, juvenile, claim against Christianity that it hardly bears much mention. Christianity is unchanging (although Christians of different eras often behave differently), while its opponents come and go.
Naturally, devote Christians have the same wish to preserve the Bible as an ultimate authority and a focal point for all thinking. Thus, the Catholic Church constantly tries to increase its influence on the development of society in traditionally Catholic countries like Ireland, Italy, Spain and Latin America – and to do this it must gain political power. Its main weakness is, however, the many internal disagreements as to how this goal should be achieved and which parts of the Christian doctrine should be stressed. Also in North America Christianity enjoys a very important political influence that should in no way be underestimated, and also in Europe most countries have Christian political parties that try to strengthen so-called Christian values as part of their political program. However, religion as such plays a very moderate part in these parties – simply because Christianity has lost its grip on people – if it has ever had one. Somehow it has always been felt as an alien idea among the men of the North, and their interpretation of it has often been very un-Christian. Today is has been reduced to an anachronistic relic. In Denmark, for instance, about 95% of the inhabitants are members of the Lutheran state church. However, only 2% go to church and even less claim to believe in the doctrine. As a spiritual force in the people Christianity is dead.
He is correct that the Bible–the word of God–is the ultimate authority. Then he equivocates that with actions of the Catholic Church which is an entirely different matter. I am not interested in defending the Catholic Church or any church if their actions are dishonorable. People are fallible and always will be. Even men like Goering and Himmler betrayed Hitler towards the end of the war, and Hitler himself made many mistakes in his life. The criticisms and attacks against Christianity have no place in an article dealing with the foundations of National-Socialism. This is a personal agenda by the author and greatly weakens his paper. The genius Voltaire, in the mid-1700’s, said, “In 20 years, Christianity will be no more. My single hand will destroy the edifice it took 12 apostles to rear.” Shortly after his death his own printing press mass-produced Bibles and his former home was used as a warehouse for Bibles. Christianity has outlived every critic, and refuted every attack against it.
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