The Precepts and Tenets of Christian-Nationalism

  • Charles Bloomberg


The Afrikaner’s Christian world outlook belongs to two traditions: one nearly 2000 years old, the other a product of the modern Age of Ideology. The older one dates from the fourth century, when Constantine made Christianity a state religion, turning the church into a pillar of the status quo and Christianity into a cloak for the emperor. Every single Christian European nation has, at least once, painted the cross on to its banner and claimed to be a holy nation with a sacred mission, civilising or Christianising. Christian-Nationalism is merely a heightened form of religious ethnocentricism; it is a species of theological fancy dress dedicated to self-aggrandisement.


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