Massacre born of ideology or faith?
A few days prior to the massacre, Anders B. Breivik wrote his only Twitter message: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests." The tweet is written in English and roughly quotes from the philosopher John Stuart Mill.
Every Fallen a Brother and Friend
In conclusion, from what I have been able to read from Mr. Breivik's posts, compendium and in Norwegian media (including the site he used to post on) his view is framed entirely by politics, with strong political and cultural opinions, which also include religious views.
Breivik's religious position is rather distant from any Christian faith commitment or any “fundamentalist Christian” position.
As Norwegians, we still will have to cope with the unbelievable tragedies for each family affected by the horrible misdeeds. We also have a very different experience with Jesus who did not resort to violence when he was arrested but asked his friend to put down the sword and said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matt. 5:9)
A quote from the famous Norwegian poet Nordahl Grieg who lost his life in the Second World War has again become a slogan: “We are so few in this country – every fallen one is a brother and friend.”
That is Norway. And that is a Norway not comprehended or experienced by the Norwegian who wrote this compendium and committed the unbelievable, unspeakable atrocities on July 22, 2011.