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Zyklop
Thursday, August 5th, 2004, 09:28 AM
Some English articles of the German Artgemeinschaft:

http://www.asatru.de/arc_eng.htm

GreenHeart
Monday, August 9th, 2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the articles, they are very interesting, I'm working on reading through them. :viking1:

Zyklop
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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What does the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft believe?

Our belief structures is a conscious reflection of our own Nordic-rooted beings.
The christian bible demands "subdue the earth" and the present eco-disaster is the result. We, however, want to live in harmony with Nature and her laws. Christ told a young man who wanted to bury his father "Let the dead bury the dead", that we should forsake even our families...and the result is the dissolution of family life. We, the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft respect and ennoble our parents and ancestors.
Paul claimed that marriage is needed to offset prostitution and that women in the community should shut up! This is typical eastern thinking, foreign to us Northerners. We want, however, to revive the respect for marriage and women that characterized Germanic life as described by Tacitus and the Icelandic sages.
Christ preached "If someone strikes you on the left cheek, offer him the right cheek" and "Who lives by the sword, will die by the sword". Pacifism (rarely practiced by the insitutional Church itself!) is the result and many countries and peoples have been exterminated as a result. We, the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft, hold bravery, courage, and valour in high standing.
Christians believe that all people are burdened with an "original sin" even before they are born, that we need a "redeemer" to free us from this "sin" or else we are condemned to "hell". We consider all this gibberish mere superstition that degrades human beings.
Christians view death as the "wages of sin". We find ourselves in agreement with scientific knowledge, that death is Nature's way of assuring the progressive development of life. Mankind could never have successfully evolved, if earlier life forms were eternal.
Christians see pain, suffering, and twists of fate as punishment for "sins" against a god, or as a "test" by this god of our faithfulness. We, the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft, see pain as Nature's way of alerting us to dangers around us so that we can take measures to defend ourselves.
According to the Christians, guilt can be absolved through prayer or believing. We, however, believe strongly, that guilt can be absolved only through good deeds exercised by the one who is guilty.
The Christians believe that there is a life after death "out there somewhere". We, the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft, believe that afterlife is realized only in our descendants. The object of our life is life for itself, the preservation of our race in a natural environment.

How did the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft evolve?

Our belief structures evolved from a pleasant dovetailing of our spiritual heirs with the present day scientific advancements. We draw our world-concepts from Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Ernst Haeckel, as well as contemporaries such as Ludwig Fahrenkrog, Norbert Seibertz, Wilhelm Kusserow, Eugen Duehring, Nicolai Hartmann, E. G. Kolbenheyer, Mathilde Ludendorf, Gustav Frenssen, Hans F. K. Guenther, Konrad Lorenz and Sigrid Hunke. These philosophers have tilled the soil in which our belief structures thrive. However, we do not canonize or "make blessed" anyone.

Does the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft have a dogma?

The Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft has no dogmas as understood by Christians, no "word of god" books like a bible and no creeds. To be sure, as a religious community of individuals, we have a basic set of concepts, but these ideas are resonant with our (i.e. North European) world experiences, needs, hopes and desires. They are laid down in "Our Creed" and in "Our Laws and Morals".

These arenot embossed in concrete and, like human beings, can and will reflect the scientific and philosophical advances discovered by our kind of people. Beyond these very basic beliefs, every member is fully and totally free to persue his/her religious experiences and personal beliefs.

Who belongs to the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft?

Japanese and Pakastanis are also Nonchristian. They too find various aspects of Christianity difficult to accept. But, not being Northern Europeans, they also find our understanding of the world difficult to accept. Thus, the Artgemeinschaft is not a "World Union of Nonchristians". We are solely interested in reviving and nurturing the ethical views of our people as handed down to us over the centuries from the pens of great German and North European authors; a world view that resonants with our heartbeat and soul's yearning, a view that does not contradict reason and science. For this reason, we prefer to limit membership to "northern" peoples, specifically the indigent ethnics of Scandinavian countries, the German-populated areas of Europe, Netherlands, Flanders, England, and the descendants of these peoples living in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa - in short Nordics in the broadest definition of the word. By limiting ourselves to these people, we resist the foolhardy temptation to create a world religion and its subsequent degeneration into sects and splittings. We recall that the Protestants, breaking away from the Catholics, caused untold of misery to Germany during the Thirty Years War, only to end up disintergrating into hundreads of sects. Utopian thinking is fine on paper, but worthless to persue.

What does the Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft do?

We celebrate annual festivals like Solstice events, as handed down to us through the centuries. Christmas, for example, is an old Germanic winter fest that has nothing to do with a desert dweller born a l,000 miles from our ancestral lands. We also have festivals for all the important dates in a person's life: birth, puberty, marriage, and death. In additional to regular general meetings, we also conduct lectures and discussions at local levels. We welcome open-ended, unfettered discussions with peoples who think differently. We reject closemindedness. We support one another in educating our offspring. These aims are served by a common publication. Among German speaking people it is the "Nordische Zeitung", for English-speaking people, the publication is given to the "Internet" . It is called "Nordische Zeitung www, English Supplement" , the address is

http://purl.org/asatru/de




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