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-Is Norway’s Breivik a ‘Christian Terrorist’? Really?

by Dr. D ~ July 27th, 2011


It is in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, on newscasts, and all over the internet. The Norway terrorist who is responsible for the deaths of at least 76 people,  Anders Behring Breivik, is a ‘fundamentalist Christian’.

A longstanding belief and narrative by many liberals in academia and in the main stream media has been that conservative Christians are just as dangerous as fundamentalist Muslims when it comes to a potential threat of terrorism. Soon after 9/11/01 atheists began coming out of the closet and started proclaiming that all religions were equally dangerous and needed to be eliminated. The drum beats goes on today.

The only problem is that there are so few actual examples if any of Christian terrorists. Some have cited Timothy McVeigh as the case in point since he was raised Catholic and was responding to the Branch Davidian massacre . The only problem was that he identified himself as an agnostic. Others have pointed to an abortion clinic bombing but that perpetrator wasn’t any kind of believer in God either.

Now Breivik has come along and they can finally run rough shod with the equivalence narrative. After all, Anders identifies himself as a Christian plus his views are ‘right wing’, he is calling for a new crusade against Islam, and he quotes from the Bible to boot. Finally they have a real bona fide fundamentalist Christian terrorist to point to.

But is he really a ‘Christian Terrorist’?

A review of Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto leaves us with mixed messages at best.

For those who want to claim him a Christian, Breivik agrees and provides this evidence:

"At the age of 15 I chose to be baptised [sic] and confirmed in the Norwegian State Church. I consider myself to be 100 percent Christian."

Then again he doesn’t claim to have any kind of personal or prayer relationship with God or Jesus:

"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."

So is Breivik really a Christian?

It all depends upon what you mean by Christian. He belongs to a Christian church and identifies himself as Christian. Therefore most would conclude that he is.

He is a ‘cultural’ Christian for sure and his stated goals were to preserve the historical Christian culture of Europe against the onslaught of Islam and ‘multi-cultural’ liberalism.

However, most evangelical Christians like myself would wonder if he is truly a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ?  Most conservative Christians would say no since his actions violate so many of the teachings of Christ.

No matter whether we want to claim him or not, we will now have to live with the fact that Breivik will forever be identified as a Christian and a terrorist.

But my original question still stands-

Is he really a ‘Christian terrorist’?

Hundreds of Christian pastors and leaders have condemned the actions of Breivik, not one has come to his defense.

This is where the ‘equivalence’ doctrine breaks down.

I believe that Muslims who commit terrorist acts can be referred to as ‘Muslim terrorists’ because their actions are backed up by imams and condoned by Islamic scholars in maj0r Islamic centers all around the world. Also the Quran can be cited as authorizing their actions.

One only has to remember the dancing in the streets that happened in the Middle East when the Twin Towers fell to see that there is at least some support for terrorism in the Muslim community around the world.

Now show me even one Christian leader who condones this act of terrorism and then show me exactly how this fits the teachings of Jesus and the current theology of any Christian church.  There is none, and it doesn’t.

Breivik is a terrorist and maybe identified as a ‘Christian’ but I do not believe that he can properly be called a ‘Christian terrorist’ since there is no community of Christians who condone his actions nor any theological support for his terrorism. He acted on his own as an individual and not as a representative of the Christian faith.            *Top           

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