Whose Poster Boy?

The anti-Christian blogosphere is fairly rife with the shrill shrieks of those who believe their anti-Christian assertions have been justified by the Norway killer Anders Breivik.  He said the word God!  He mentioned praying!  He said “Christian”!  And suddenly we are told that this is the logical conclusion of religion, of Islam and Christianity.  However intelligent folks are reading in his manifesto ample evidence that not only refutes the assertions of those who would point to this as yet another reason to further diminish the power or influence of Christianity.  In fact, his manifesto points out the rather basic fact that he is not a Christian, but rather sees Christianity as a cultural-political glue.  It can provide the cohesiveness the West needs to resist the tide of Islam and other influences, and it can provide this cohesiveness apart from any actual claim to theological truth.  Christianity is not a faith that Anders places himself into (or thinks anyone else truly should, for that matter), but rather an expeditious fortification against far less appealing world views and political philosophies.

Here are two different blogs in the past day or so.  Both critique the claim that Anders is somehow a Christian in any theological sense, and both point towards his use of Christianity for something far different, and through means far more evil, than anything the Christian Scriptures point towards.  
The first is from a theological site that I respect for it’s intelligent treatment of the faith and particularly Reformation theology – the White Horse Inn.  
This second blog is along the same lines, but the author has a name for this phenomenon which Anders is just one – albeit extreme – example of.  I haven’t fully thought through all of the implications of what the author is asserting, but it seems to make sense.  What do you think?
I think both these authors offer an insightful way of cutting through opportunistic rhetoric to examine what Anders actually said and what the basis of those actual words is both theologically and philosophically.  The result is disturbing.  So disturbing, that his requested lawyer has already insisted that Anders must be insane.  
Insane, or just the logical byproduct of a system of thought, of a philosophy and worldview where the most abhorrent behavior can be justified as ‘protecting’ a people, a nation, a way of life.  People don’t understand why the moral codes and norms that Western civilization rests on have to be linked to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.  They are perplexed when Christians insist that morality is a universal given from the outside rather than created from the inside.  Yet whenever they see examples of individuals completely divested from any sense of objective moral norm, people who are taking to logical conclusions (not the only logical conclusions certainly, but certainly no less logical than other, more benign conclusions) the assertions that morality is something that we decide for ourselves, they insist these people must be insane.  
It would seem that those who argue for moral relativism wish it to be relative only in certain conditions favorable to their own goals – often in areas of sexual morality and gender roles.  In other areas they wish it to remain very, very un-relative.  They naively assume that if you unhinge moral behavior from any sort of objective standard, you will be able to control the outcomes and direct moral evolution in the directions that you wish it to go while preventing it from going in directions you disagree with.  
Which is precisely what Anders was trying to do in his bloody rampage.  Control the direction of moral and cultural drift.  Violently.  Coldly.  Perhaps moral relativists need to rethink their assertions and expectations.  It could be that those assertions are insane, rather than just the actions and individuals that root themselves in those assertions.  

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