Book: Being Viking
Stephen McNallen is identified by many as the founder of American Asatru. He has had a long-term and significant impact on the movement. This chapter addresses his theory of metagenetics, which frames Asatru as a religion rooted in race and ancestry. Tensions over racial attitudes have figured prominently in the movement, as adherents have struggled to think about their connection to Norse religion. By focusing on McNallen, I attempt to discern the motivations and ideas that have given shape to the debate.