Asatru, A Native European Spirituality by Stephen A. McNallen. Book Review. Paganism and Christianity


I have had the pleasure of reading Stephen McNallen’s book Asatru. I actually first became aware McNallen’s work little over a year ago when he was a guest at the based podcast Red Ice Radio (highly recommended listening). There was also a certain controversy that arose when the book was released. The nature of this controversy was in regard to notion that Germanic Paganism is a native European spirituality. This was of course unacceptable to the disingenuous elements of “Paganism”. In regard to those fake (Cultural Marxist-influenced) Pagans I actually made a popular video named Degenerate Neckbeard Claiming Pagan. ROFLMAOSaid degenerate neckbeard was one who took it upon himself to reject the teachings of McNallen because it was “racist” as it was exclusive to others. McNallen claims (rightly) that Asatru is a native European spirituality, which of course then, per definition, becomes excluding to others. And as we all know the (((Official Narrative))) does not allow for European-only things. Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, Europe for everyone. This is not only true in terms of immigration but also in regard to culture.
This book however, and this is a great merit of it, is uncucked in this regard and states that this is a spirituality which is for people of European descent. That the author elaborates on biological realities makes it legit, especially when many supposed “Pagans” are highly inglorious individuals who are just mad at Christianity, and the extent of their entusiasm for Paganism boils down to its role as not being Christian.

Another great merit of the book is how the Gods are presented. For those who read this book after having adhered to my own teachings for some time will recognise it. Namely that the Nordic Gods demand bold action; not submissive worship (as might be the case with Christianity). If you want to appease Thor you must pray in the Temple of Iron, getting strong in his image. If you want to get wiser in the image of Odin, you need to read a lot (or procure wisdom where ever possible). The Gods do not give freely but set themselves up as good role models for which you can strive. Odin made many sacrifices to obtain optimal wisdom (most notably giving his eye to Mimer). Tyr, God of War, sacrificed one hand to capture the Fenris Wolf.
This is a more glorious view of the divine than simply worshipping a supreme being. To elaborate further in regard to my own quest and philosophy, I do not want anyone who adheres to my teachings to only admire me. I want those who adheres to my teachings to follow upon the same path of glory. If it just admiration without action, my sacrifices have been in vain. The Gods, primarily Odin and Thor set themselves up as role models so that I could strive to become like them via action, not via submissive worship. I have gained the blessings of both because I have worked hard for it and that is a just system indeed. Work hard = get rewarded. Get good or get rekt. You work for miracles, they do not just happen, you must make them happen.

The book will be on my Glorious Pill Reading List (and is thus a recommended book). However, there is a part where criticism can be levelled, and this is true for plenty of Pagans in America primarily, and this can be true even for uncucked Pagans. It is a quite bothersome aversion towards Christianity. As a Swedish man I have a different perspective on the matter. I realise that Christianity in America might have a bad reputation due to fanatics. However, it is important to realise that Christianity has been a part of Western civilisation for a very long time; and to treat it with hostility is not worthy. I am not even baptised so I do not have any actual connection to the church. However, I still appreciate the good things Christianity has brought to Europe and I would not treat it with any sort of contempt. To do thus is to treat a large part of European history with contempt.

To summarise I recommend this book to anyone who wish to gain a deeper insight into the pre-Christian spirituality of Northern Europe.

The book is available at

5 Comments on “Asatru, A Native European Spirituality by Stephen A. McNallen. Book Review. Paganism and Christianity”

  1. Great tip! Will definitely look into it. As an orthodox Christian and ex-pagan, I must confess that I have some issues with the superficiality with which many “neo-pagans” treat their religion (norse pagans for example conveniently forget that the gods frequently cross-dress and otherwise act unmanly [Thor can’t control his temper, Odin is obviously greedy and likes to get drunk, etc.]), but this guy seems pretty serious about it.

  2. Don’t just stop here! Keep reading! The Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, and the Icelandic Sagas! So much wisdom to learn from these beautiful historic documents!

    Keep up all your great work, Marcus. You’re a tremendous inspiration, a spiritual force in and of yourself.

  3. Degenerate neckbeard Pagan was one of your finest videos. I laughed out loud for nearly the entire clip. Glad you enjoyed this book, as it was very instrumental in my new outlook on spirituality and my heritage.

  4. Bought it on the 22nd of August, received it today on the 9th of September.(I’m from Iowa) I’ve been studying Asatru on an interval of one day per week designated for worship (monday). Read through the first chapter and it makes great sense to me, and connects to what I value on a much deeper, organic level than when I study christianity. It makes a lot more sense to me personally.

    Thank you for this reccommendation!

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