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Leftism: A Radical Faith
American Thinker ^ | 1/5/2014 | Bruce A. Riggs

Posted on 01/05/2014 7:19:21 AM PST by markomalley

Much of the political history of the extended twentieth century is that of massive extinctions of citizenries by their dictatorial governments.  Take the engineered mass starvations, torture chambers, firing squads, and gulags of Lenin and Stalin; Nazi gas chambers; Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge killing fields; the genocides of Mao's "Great Leap Forward"; and the tyrannical North Korean Sung dynasty, and one will find that over one hundred million people have been slaughtered.       

Systematically murdering millions to create an imagined earthly Eden is clearly irrational.  In this sense, leftist ideology has the look of a religious inquisition.

In his introduction to Eric Voegelin's The New Science of Politics (1), Dante Germino neatly captured Voegelin's thesis of the left as an atheistic "religion":

[M[odern Gnosticism has been dedicated to the hubristic attempt to overcome the anxieties and uncertainties of human life by building a terrestrial paradise. However well-intentioned, even the 'moderate proponents of the 'progressive' program bear a heavy responsibility for the disasters of humanity.

Others have alluded to this secular religious characterization of leftist ideology: 


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1 posted on 01/05/2014 7:19:21 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

People want power and wealth. If you have wealth, you can BUY power. If you have power, you can TAKE wealth.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 7:27:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: markomalley; spirited irish; Alamo-Girl
Many on the right find solace and guidance through the sensed presence of a transcendent Intelligence at the root of things and structure their lives accordingly. The secular-narcissistic left dismisses this outlook as fanciful nonsense while working relentlessly to establish its own fanciful nonsense of fabricating a homogenous earthly Eden out of highly disparate human material.

"[T]o the religious gnostic, reality is a delusion, a creation of false consciousness. The religious revolutionary believes humanity creates its own reality."

Yep. Called "second realities." But they are founded on nothing substantial; they are simply dream projections. Thus, they cannot in principle be realized. But a narcissistic personality entrapped by gnostic thinking will not be discouraged by this.

Thanks for the great post, markomalley!

3 posted on 01/05/2014 7:39:59 AM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

“In this sense, leftist ideology has the look of a religious inquisition.”

In every sense. There is a religious furor over their moral standards from the sacrament of abortion to the demand to respect homosexual behavior as normative.

We have allowed the left to get away with using government to establish their religion to the exclusion of true religion and morality. Caring for the poor, the sick, the orphans and widows are religious duties which have been taken over by a leftist government.

It is no different than the murdering churches which the earlier settlers in America came here to flee. It is no different than the murdering Islamists trying to establish their theocratic rule. We have returned to an era of government established religion, a treacherous tyranny which must be overturned.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 7:45:18 AM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: markomalley
"Death by Government" by RJ Rummel should be required reading for every American citizen. In that book he details how governments throughout history have murdered, not sent off to war, but MURDERED, nearly 300 million people. By one count, nearly half of those were murdered in the Twentieth Century, mostly in the name of socialism.

Knowing the above, I'm not giving up my guns to anybody.

5 posted on 01/05/2014 8:28:18 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: markomalley

One of the best articles on Leftism I’ve ever read.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 8:58:34 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: unlearner

To take the religious aspect further. .classic liberalism. .what we now call conservative libertarian, is a goverment parallel to the Protestant Reformation and the fundamental tenets from it..


7 posted on 01/05/2014 10:16:18 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: betty boop; markomalley; Alamo-Girl
""[T]o the religious gnostic, reality is a delusion, a creation of false consciousness. The religious revolutionary believes humanity creates its own reality." Spirited: Excerpts from "Orwell's Big Brother: Gnostic Pagan Magician"

http://patriotsandliberty.com/lindas-latest/2013/11/22/orwells-big-brother-gnostic-pagan-magician

Thought crime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while...but sooner or later they were bound to get you." George Orwell, 1984

In the modern Gnostic-Hindu/pantheist worldview of Marxist Communism, it is not the personal Triune God who has created the world. No, it is each man-god who creates his own world and meaning in every living moment out of his own consciousness. In other words, since the divine substance of God is distributed throughout all of the cosmos (pantheism), including the consciousness of man, then by means of self-induced trance states, brain-altering drugs, transcendental meditation and other ways of attaining higher consciousness, man can become a little god who controls matter because he controls mind. The physical world then, is an illusion because reality is inside the divine mind.

This way of thinking is captured by Orwell in his book, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in which negation of the physical world is an integral part of the social and political philosophy of Big Brother and his despotic Party. At one stage in the book, Winston stumbles upon the shocking realization that,

“…in the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later; the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy.” (Orwell, “The New Spirituality and its Hallmarks, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 30:4-31:1, 2007, p. 19)

When the Thought Police agent O’Brien tortures Winston for “wrong thought” he states,

“We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation---anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to….You must get rid of these nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature.”

Big Brother is a modern Gnostic pagan magician in a long line of pagan magicians going back to Ham, Nimrod and the ancient Egyptian magus Hermes Trismegistus, the more recent Simon Magus, the Gnostic Valentinus, Eastern Tantric sages, Yogis, and god-men on through to Renaissance magicians such as Agrippa, and Paracelsus.

Like all nature systems, Big Brother holds to the oneness of existence. This means that bodies (physical matter) and elements are mutually transmutable. This was announced as the Grand Principle of Hermes Trismegistus and found expression in the teaching that,

…“everything that is high is equal to what is low, and everything low is equal to what is high.” (God and the Knowledge of Reality, Thomas Molnar, p. 82)

Hermes formula means there is an absolute although hidden unity, a Great Chain of Being, between the lower world of physical matter and the higher astral realm of the impersonal world soul, the key of which lends to the magician incalculable powers when learns how to acquire divine intellect.

-------------------break--------------- In the work of the magus physical matter is said to undergo passion, death, and resurrection, the final result of the transmutation resulting in its' spiritualization and divinization. The magus performs these acts as a means of reconciling what has been separated so as to achieve oneness: Lucifer with man (in the case of Theosophists and Masons), the human and the astral, man’s soul with the world-soul, darkness with light, natural with supernatural, male with female, good with evil, truth with lie.

Another objective of the magus is to rid himself of false consciousness (knowledge) and to attain ‘true knowledge’ (self-knowledge) by way of his unity with the world-soul.

The Gnostics for example, held that in its unredeemed state pneuma (spirit) is unconscious of itself, intoxicated by the poison and false consciousness of the material world. Its ignorance is cured as it awakens from the darkness of physical nature to the light of self-knowledge.

Eric Voegelin (1901-85), one of the most influential political philosophers of the last century argues that Marxist Communism, together with many other modern movements such as the ‘God is dead school,’ is a modern form of Gnostic paganism.

Marxist Communists, Luciferian Theosophists, New Age spiritual pantheists and the New Physics assert that matter is a form of energy or particles emanating off of the Void, a concept that is similar to some Buddhist and Hindu thinking holding that the physical world is an illusion, that people have no bona fide existence since they are aspects of human consciousness. In other words, as the Thought Police O’Brien, a Gnostic adept or magician put it,

“…nothing exists except through human consciousness...”

8 posted on 01/05/2014 11:10:18 AM PST by spirited irish
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To: markomalley

This ought to be posted in the religion section since that is what leftism is indeed.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 1:15:23 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: betty boop

So very true. Thank you for sharing your insights, dearest sister in Christ!


10 posted on 01/05/2014 7:48:47 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: spirited irish; Alamo-Girl; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; hosepipe; marron; metmom; TXnMA; ...
Marxist Communists, Luciferian Theosophists, New Age spiritual pantheists and the New Physics assert that matter is a form of energy or particles emanating off of the Void, a concept that is similar to some Buddhist and Hindu thinking holding that the physical world is an illusion, that people have no bona fide existence since they are aspects of human consciousness. In other words, as the Thought Police O’Brien, a Gnostic adept or magician put it,

“…nothing exists except through human consciousness….”

There seems to be strange analogy to contemporary theoretical physics in the above excerpt from your last, dear sister in Christ. The New Physics does seem to assert “that matter is a form of energy or particles emanating off of the Void,” and this, as a concept, is similar to some Buddhist and Hindu thinking holding that “the physical world is an illusion.” Indeed, the great visionary quantum theorist Edwin Schrödinger tells of his own strong affinity with Advaita-Vedanta cosmology. My friend the astrophysicist is likewise so inclined. Many other professional scientists are as well, I gather.

The New Agers are thoroughly fixated on “physical energy,” because they have been taught to believe that they themselves are each reducible solely to the interactions of Seven Cosmic Rays, associated with seven bodily centers in the human being. So the first order of business for an initiate is to “figure out what your rays are.” For evidently, “you are only whatever they are.” Talk about the ultimate reduction of the human person! Talk about wiping out the human mind in one swell foop! The irony (genius?) is the appeal to “mind” — for help in wiping out mind….

[Ed. Note: I have a great deal of direct experience with the New Age “movement,” and it’s pretty well-reflected by now, after some 25+ years. I’d love to say more. But thinking most people reading this would find such matters boring, I’ll put a sock in it for now. ]

All of which is perfectly summarized by O’Brien — who is, dear spirited, definitely a “black magician” or sorcerer of the (ahem, relentlessly gnostic) Nietzschean, Marxian, Hegelian type — in his statement to the long-suffering Winston:

“…nothing exists except through human consciousness….”

The statement would be correct, if it could be restated as:

“…nothing exists except through divine consciousness….”

But O’Brien — a fictional epigone of the above-named magical miscreants — WOULD RATHER DIE THAN GIVE GLORY TO GOD. [What he thinks he “dies into” is beyond my comprehension.] He has closed his soul, his heart, his mind to God. The deep, dark “secret” is that he would be God himself [Hegel] — or at the very least, an Ubermensch [Nietzsche]. In consequence, for him, God is that which must be got rid of, in order for man to “be free.”

But free to be or do what?

Certainly Winston was not free of O’Briens’s desire to re-experience his torturous ecstasies from acts of libido dominandi on Winston's suffering person….

If we let the historical record speak to us, it will note that some absolutely horrific consequences have occurred in the human past that were set off by “mental cases” who managed to seize power and dominion; i.e., were not resisted timely by a more-or-less culturally unified, attentive populace devoted to the principles of Western civilizational success.

So, the O'Briens of this world don’t just have to “Kill God”; they also have to “End History.”

Plato noticed that the demos — the “people” — has a nasty habit of degenerating into the ochlos — the “MOB” — given enough time for the forces of cultural destruction to work on the protective institutions of civil liberty in the context of the well-being of society….

Thus man is left doubly defenseless: There is no divine order of Being, Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Justice upon which to rely, and human historical experience doesn’t count as “knowledge.”

What I wonder is: Where was “Winston” when his resistance against the total inversion of Reality by “mental cases” might have made a difference, so that the latter could not have made their insanity not only “politically effective,” but absolutely obligatory for the rest of us?

I’d better leave off for now – though I must tell you I really wanted to get into the New Physics aspect of our subject. Not to mention how Darwin’s theory fits into the picture of a psychological and intellectual revolt against Reality. But I think I’ve already taken up a lot of the reader’s time by now.

Dear spirited, my sister in Christ — thank you so very much for your (as ever) thought-provoking essay/post!

11 posted on 01/07/2014 1:21:22 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop; markomalley; Alamo-Girl; spirited irish; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; ...

Interesting convo.... my take away is..

Is earth Paradise or HELL?.... -or- some other realm in between?..

Seems “it” got all started with that damned “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”...
Warned... to say away from that damned thing, “they didn’t”...

Is that story merely a metaphor or an actually happening?..
I think (who cares) it’s the meme that counts..

What’s good or evil (in degrees) is what takes all the air out of the room about most things “human”..
And is the elephant in the room..

Some are looking to create paradise on earth or think it is already here...
Others try to deal with the HELL they think earth already IS.. or is becoming..

Gnostic smothistic... most have never heard of gnostics....
It’s results of that damned Tree I tell ya!...
Real or imagined... it’s a real meme...

Most want to become smarter than everyone else...
The best religion being people smarter than the others..
The best government being the smartest one...
A planet of smart alecks...

Pretty smart of someone to place the Tree of the Knowledge Good and Evil -AND- The Tree of Life at the very beginning of the bible..
How dumb many are to overlook the lessons contained therein..

The question remains.. NOT how smart are you.?. BUT How smart do you think you are.?.
Can YOU determine GOOD from EVIL?....

Might take a GOD to make that qualification..


12 posted on 01/07/2014 3:00:00 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe; markomalley; Alamo-Girl; spirited irish; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; ...
Wonderfully said, dearest 'pipe!!!

HUGS!!!

Thank you, dear "poet!" (Somehow, you remind me of William Blake....)

13 posted on 01/07/2014 4:10:50 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop

Liberal ideology = Morons wearing intellectual masks, in moral vestments(with designer sneakers),
displaying a compassionate comb-over, hidden by an official Hat, sporting a blind man’’s glasses...

Blind to reality, numb to heart ache for the unfortunate, aggressive to the meek, proud of ignorance,
stinking with the fragrance of regression, growling always growling, showing the teeth of threat...

The liberal is a monster... it could be your mother, grand mother, or your best friend..
Kicking them to the curb could redeem any honor you have left..


14 posted on 01/07/2014 5:08:29 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; hosepipe; marron; metmom; TXnMA

betty: “…nothing exists except through human consciousness….” The statement would be correct, if it could be restated as: “…nothing exists except through divine consciousness….”

Spirited: Your observation is itself “correct.” Though implied, Big Brother really is making the claim of divine consciousness.

Though BB is a dialectical materialist marching under the banner of scientific socialism (which is really a neo-pagan nature and Mystery Religion dressed up as politics, empiricism, natural science, etc.) BB’s consciousness is divine because miracle-producing powers and ability to self-perfect have been consigned by theoreticians to “matter” that is dialectical, which means “thinks.”

If we’re to make sense of this obvious superstition we must begin with Darwin. As Stephen Gould argues, Darwin applied a “consistent philosophy of materialism to his interpretation of nature” and “the ground of all existence; mind, spirit, and God (are reduced to) neural complexity.” (Darwin Day in America, John G. West, p. 41)

In other words, mind, spirit and God have been subsumed into brute matter, or the neural complexity within the brain. From this it logically follows that Darwinism has,

“…substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity….I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution.” (Enrico Ferri {1856-1926}, Socialism and Religious Beliefs, marxists.org)

Spontaneously generated dialectical matter:

“….continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialectic…the dialectical materialists attribution of ‘dialectic’ to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones.” (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav Wetter, 1977, p. 58)

Since powers of mind, spirit, miracles and God are reduced to the neural complexity (New Physics fermion or physical matter) of BB’s brain (fermions) then reality is within BB’s skull because divine consciousness (boson or psychic matter) operates within the neural complexity of his brain.

Dialectical materialism turns out to be a stealth-form of Hermetic magic and quasi-Hindu evolutionary pantheism.


15 posted on 01/08/2014 3:38:01 AM PST by spirited irish
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To: markomalley

Profound.


16 posted on 01/08/2014 4:13:55 AM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: spirited irish

it is amazing how many ways magic thinking can be disguised by those diligent to reject God’s Grace.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 7:36:01 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

“it is amazing how many ways magic thinking can be disguised by those diligent to reject God’s Grace.”

Spirited: What’s more, it’s horrifying that so very many unthinking, gullible souls are drawn to them like hapless moths to a flame.


18 posted on 01/08/2014 11:04:46 AM PST by spirited irish
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To: spirited irish; Alamo-Girl; hosepipe; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; TXnMA; ...
Your observation is itself “correct.” Though implied, Big Brother really is making the claim of divine consciousness.

Of course he is! That's the entire point, dear spirited. In Voegelinian terms, Big Brother is in "egophanic revolt" against divine Being, because he would, by his own will, his libido dominandi, become "the god" himself. Thus TO RULE.

Of course, there's nothing "divine" about a "consciousness" like that.

The thought has occurred to me that George Orwell's model for Big Brother was no less an eminence than Hegel himself — who was at once a magisterial philosopher and self-admitted adept of Magic [e.g., a gnostic thinker]. I imagine 1984 may have been Orwell's speculation regarding the social and cultural fallout to be expected from any popular success of Hegel's ideas, which were subsequently taken up by Marx....

Orwell was a great secular prophet. Where he stood on Darwin's theory, I don't know much about in the details. But I think I can "stand in Orwell's shoes" and see/say something like the following:

A Little List of Things I Love to Hate about Darwin's Theory: A Litany of Complaints FWIW

Where to begin.

I propose that the "internalization" of Darwin's Theory into the Zeitgeist a/k/a the public mind — whether consciously or unconsciously — has had profoundly negative effects on the liberty and well-being of individuals and the societies they compose. As far back as the 1930s, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, the great pioneer of complex systems theory, was worrying out loud about the potentially corrosive effects of Darwinism on all the then-prevailing concepts of the social order of human beings.

IMHO, Darwin's Theory is objectively "wrong" on two fronts: (1) the ontological; and (2) the scientific.

RE: (1) — I'll be as brief as possible. Ontology is a philosophical discipline/inquiry into Being, or Life itself, with particular attention to the problem of how Being (the universal) translates into the existence of (particular) living forms. Although this is not directly a problem for the natural sciences, I daresay there is not a single living natural scientist who does not hold — consciously or unconsciously — to some idea, some opinion, of "ontology," summed up as a particular worldview.

The currently prevailing scientific worldview holds that "everything supervenes on the physical"; that everything that exists in Nature and the Universe is made up of "particulate" matter in its motions, according to the physico/mechanical laws so brilliantly described by Sir Isaac Newton.

While Newton's laws may hold to an extraordinarily high degree of predictive accuracy within the proper domain of their application [in general, that of normal 4D human observational experience], other domains of scientific inquiry opened up for the first time in the early 20th century, and both were revolutionary and radical, and resist integration: Relativity and Quantum Theory.

Which brings us to point (2): The scientific grounds of Darwin's theory.

It is clear he is a Newtonian. He views biology under the lens of matter in motion, the "motion" being produced under the aspect of direct, local causes, on a linear timeline.

To put it another way, Darwin rejects two of Aristotle's four causes. "First" and "Final" are expunged from the get-go; only the "Material" and "Efficient" survive.

Aslo, Newton could not have known anything about the matter of nonlocal causality, which has been so successfully validated by quantum experiments. [Thus quite possibly dragging Aristotle's First and Final causes back into the picture....]

In the end, what Darwin's theory does for us is to say that Nature has nothing to do with God; that human history is meaningless; that man himself is essentially meaningless — because he does not have a "Nature" as a man, as such.

Whatever "nature" Man has cannot be ascertained in advance, because it is always a product "in progress."

But without God, without human history to refresh our memory as human beings living today, we can't even be "works in progress."

Guess I'll just leave it there for now. Thank you so very much, dear sister in Christ, for writing!

19 posted on 01/08/2014 12:50:27 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley; a fool in paradise

This is an excellent article.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 12:57:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: betty boop
I propose that the "internalization" of Darwin's Theory into the Zeitgeist a/k/a the public mind — whether consciously or unconsciously — has had profoundly negative effects on the liberty and well-being of individuals and the societies they compose.

What are the consequences if you're wrong?

21 posted on 01/08/2014 12:58:06 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic; betty boop; Whosoever

What are the consequences if you’re wrong?


Ah!... then the multi-Millions of dead produced by the effects of political Darwinian variations.. will be rolling in their graves...

not to speak of the multi-Billions made miserable by them.. for at least a hundred years..
and no worse off than the laughable silliness of socialism..
or the lie of democracy which just a protection scam.. of a mafia.


22 posted on 01/08/2014 3:23:13 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

Isn’t hyperbole fun?


23 posted on 01/08/2014 4:15:40 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

Using hyperbole to describe a hyperbolic situation is efficient
although usually not close to being accurate..
The situation is usually WORSE..


24 posted on 01/08/2014 6:17:44 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

TEOTUAWKI


25 posted on 01/08/2014 6:50:45 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

No big deal.... The end of the world as we know it... happens every single day..


26 posted on 01/08/2014 7:35:46 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

Not the world, the universe.


27 posted on 01/08/2014 8:07:38 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

which one?


28 posted on 01/08/2014 11:06:42 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; hosepipe; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; TXnMA
" I imagine 1984 may have been Orwell's speculation regarding the social and cultural fallout to be expected from any popular success of Hegel's ideas, which were subsequently taken up by Marx...."

Spirited: Orwell's speculation may very well have been aimed at fall-out expected from popular success of Hegel. However, the fall-out from widespread acceptance of William James William (1842-1910) reductionist theory of “religious experience” has been every bit as bad if not worse.

Referred to as the father of American psychology, James reduced religious experience--which includes visions, unseen voices, demonic encounters, possession, etc.-- to manifestations of the “subconscious,” the means by which man communicates with God “within.”

The theories of James are examples of unconscious Satanism as Rene Guenon (1886-1951), the great French traditionalist metaphysician explains in, “The Spiritist Fallacy,” a detailed expose of the Theosophy, Buddhism and Spiritism overtaking the minds of modernist priests and intellectuals during Guenon’s lifetime.

Guenon describes sophisticated enlightened theologians and like-minded individuals such as James as those who cannot speak of the devil,

“….without a smile of disdain, or an even more contemptuous shrug of the shoulders.” (p. 252)

Their contempt is due to the fact that enlightened priests and intellectuals bought into the lie that Lucifer is not the devil but rather the “light-bearer.” They even go so far as to call him ‘the Great Creative Intelligence.’ Thus they invoke Lucifer and perform his cult, but in fact these people,

“…though in fact Satanists, are only unconsciously so, for they are mistaken as to the nature of the entity to whom they address their worship….It goes without saying that these ‘enlightened’ priests are all plainly modernists and that the spirit animating them is strangely similar to that affirmed in these lines.” (p. 254)

Guenon defines ‘unconscious Satanism’ as every “modern” conception that notably disfigures the living God, and in this sense, all theories of a limited God and of a God who evolves must be placed in the front rank.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen provides us with an example of one of the devil’s “modern” conceptions:

“Modern philosophy has seen the birth of a new nation of God…It is God in evolution. God ‘is’ not. He ‘becomes.’ In the beginning was not the Lord, but in the beginning was ‘Movement.’ From this movement God is born by successive creations. As the world progresses, He progresses; as the world acquires perfection, He acquires perfection. (Moreover) man is a necessary step in the evolution of God. Just as man came from the beast, God will come from man…” (Great Catholic Books Newsletter; Volume II, Number 2, Fulton J. Sheen Issue)

Guenon notes that Satanism, even when unconscious, is always characterized by a reversal of the normal order,

“….it is the exact opposite of orthodox doctrine, and intentionally inverts certain symbols or formulas.” (p. 259)

In this sense, evolutionary conceptions are Satanic because they persuade people to believe that everything in nature is the fruit of a gradual upward progression from either pre-existing or self-generated matter rather than the fallen but nevertheless good creation of the living God Who spoke.

Because infernal evolutionary conceptions reverse the normal order, their sweeping acceptance means that it is now difficult if not impossible for Americans and Westerners to conceive of the Genesis account creation ex nihilo as traditional Christianity taught, because if “God” has evolved from man who has evolved from beasts then perfection obviously lies somewhere in the future rather than in the past from which mankind fell. In this infernally inverted 'theology' the “way” to perfection proposed by the devil obviously lies with the occult science of Hermetic magic and psycho-technologies whereby man’s salvation is achieved by becoming “one” with the Divine Substance, Omega Point, Brahman, Void, Quantum Void, or Singularity.

It is here that Guenon turns his attention to the theories of William James, which he classifies as unconscious Satanism for two reasons. First, James theory of “religious experience” as a manifestation of the “subconscious” by which man communicates with the Divine “within” is only one step away from “condoning the practices of spiritism” (contact with spirits) with the further consequence of conferring on evil spirits an “eminently religious character.”

This has come to pass. As just one example out of literally hundreds, there is apostate evangelical, now New Age theologian David Spangler speaking of Lucifer as an ‘eminently religious character,’ a savior-spirit he correlates with Christ:

“The true light of this great being can only be recognized when one's own eyes can see with the light of the Christ, the light of the inner sun. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into the New Age, which is the age of man's wholeness, each of us is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic Initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness.”

“Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it, then he is free and we are free, that is the Luciferic Initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age.” (David Spangler, Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Lecture Series, 3rd ed., 1981; p. 45)

With respect to all of this, Big Brother was an unconscious Satanist. He performed the cult of Satan. And this is why he had power over matter, could levitate, etc. But these powers were not his but the fallen angels or demons under whose control he had fallen. More than likely BB was transitioning toward total possession.

29 posted on 01/09/2014 3:12:04 AM PST by spirited irish
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To: hosepipe
probably just this one.

Truly a monumental piffle of grave inconsequence.

30 posted on 01/09/2014 3:37:02 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: spirited irish; betty boop; Alamo-Girl; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; TXnMA; ...
The new Religion of Politics... (what a concept)...

With a new bible with stand-ins for Moses, Jesus, Joseph, Mary, Peter, Paul, Matthew, Mark, and John... and others..

With so many versions of it they are past counting..
It would have it's Buddhas, Mohammad's, and Kristina's as well..
Making governments... GOD... would become an occupation and "calling".. or even an obsession..

The ultimate Cargo Cult... with it's own "Bible(s)".. with it's own Satan(s).. "Demon's".. evil's and good's..

Whew... OK I'll go and say it..
Party's become Denominations.. schism's... division's.. orthodox.. protestant..

A true Bizarro World of God seeking...
Which leaves me with a question: Are you republican or democrat, libertarian?..

We've talked here of Second Reality's.. but there could indeed be "Third Reality"... available..
Reality Sooo Bizarre Second Reality would be a step "UP"...

31 posted on 01/09/2014 10:57:50 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: tacticalogic

Truly a monumental piffle of grave in-consequence.


You’re speaking in piffle’s again...
SLAPP SLAPP.. Wake up!!... Anybody in there?...


32 posted on 01/09/2014 11:16:12 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: spirited irish
I am aware that my religious beliefs are different from your own and that you will reject what I say, but I must witness to the fact that "Lucifer" (Helel ben shachar) is merely the planet V---s. It is not a fallen angel or any such thing. The Prophet's words, 'Ekh nafalta misshamayim, Helel Ben Shachar? were addressed to the King of Babylon, who in his vanity and self worship wore a splendid garment. He was addressed as the planet V---s sarcastically, to rebuke his pretensions.

HaSatan is not a "fallen angel" either. He is one of G-d's angels performing his assigned tasks, primarily as our accuser in the Heavenly Court but also as the angel of death, the "evil inclination," and the national angel of 'Edom. There is no independent kingdom of evil under its own evil counterpart of G-d. G-d has no counterpart of any kind.

The world has never been under the control of anyone other than G-d, and it is unfolding according to His Divine Providence.

This notion of an "evil gxd" who opposes the "good god" is one of the primary errors of chrstianity.

33 posted on 01/09/2014 11:33:37 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: hosepipe
SLAPP SLAPP.. Wake up!!... Anybody in there?...

Click, BOOM! Don't slap. Sorry about the hole in your chest.

34 posted on 01/09/2014 11:44:53 AM PST by tacticalogic
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Referred to as the father of American psychology, James reduced religious experience — which includes visions, unseen voices, demonic encounters, possession, etc. — to manifestations of the “subconscious,” the means by which man communicates with God “within.” ... The theories of James are examples of unconscious Satanism....

Jeepers, dear sister in Christ, I don't know how one can read William James' magisterial "The Varieties of Religious Experience" (1902) and come away from it concluding that James was an "unconscious Satanist." Guenon must not have realized what James was actually doing in this work, which was to try to scientifically classify and analyze the religious experiences of mankind — to make an attempt at a "science" of religious experience.

As for James' own "hypothesis" with regard to religious experience — and as he himself notes, "Who says 'hypothesis' renounces his ambition to be coercive in his arguments" — the following excerpt might shed some light:

...[C]onfining ourselves to what is common and generic [in religious belief], we have in the fact that the conscious person is continuous with a wider self through which saving experiences come, a positive content of religious experience which, it seems to me, is literally and objectively true as far as it goes. [On this point, in a footnote James quotes W. C. Brownell: "The influence of the Holy Spirit, exquisitely called the Comforter, is a matter of actual experience, as solid a reality as that of electro-magnetism."] If I now proceed to state my own hypothesis about the farther limits of this extension of our personality....

The further limits of our being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely 'understandable' world. Name it the mystical region, or the supernatural region, whichever you choose. So far as our ideal impulses originate in this region (and most of them do originate in it, for we find them possessing us in a way for which we cannot articulately account), we belong to it in a more intimate sense than that in which we belong to the visible world, for we belong in the most intimate sense wherever our ideals belong. Yet the unseen region in question is not merely ideal, for it produces effects in this world. When we commune with it, work is actually done upon our finite personality, for we are turned into new men, and consequences in the way of conduct follow in the the natural world upon our regenerative change. But that which produces effects within another reality must be termed a reality itself, so I feel as if we had no philosophic excuse for calling the mystical or unseen world unreal.

God is the natural appellation, for us Christians at least, for the supreme reality, so I will call this higher part of the universe by the name of God. We and God have business with each other; and in opening ourselves to his influence our deepest destiny is fulfilled. The universe, at those parts of it which our personal being constitutes, takes a turn genuinely for the worse or for the better in proportion as each one of us fulfills or evades God's demands.... God is real because he produces real effects. [all bolds added; itals in the original]

IMHO, James is one of the greatest psychologists of all time. He is, moreover, a brilliant philosopher, of Empiricist and Pragmatist leaning (he regards John Stuart Mill as a major influence on his own thought). There is not a smudge of "Gnosticism" that I can detect in "Varieties of Religious Experience." (Nor did I see any Satan worship going on.) Though I do believe he has properly drawn a bead on Hegel as a gnostic thinker, he's very delicate about nailing down that point....

To close, let me just mention another thing I admire about James: His rejection of "progressivism," or evolutionary change, as being able to modify the world of human experience, of the human condition, "for the better" by human effort alone within this world. He simply does not regard Man as "a progressive animal"; nor does he think the world at large to be amenable to alteration by means of the "progressive" kind of human "planning." Rhetoric never trumps reality with William James.

It's possible, dear spirited, that your source on James — Guenon — is clueless about James' work. Please do not be misled: Go straight to James himself.

Thank you ever so much, dear sister in Christ, for writing!

35 posted on 01/09/2014 12:13:52 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

Will read more closely, but it appears the author left out of the history that the Tyrants used Social Justice as their judicial, if any, “system”. Social Justice is now the preferred system and of course taught in all major law schools...real justice is hard to find.....


36 posted on 01/09/2014 12:24:03 PM PST by yoe
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To: tacticalogic

LoL....


37 posted on 01/09/2014 12:27:03 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: markomalley
Be sure to follow the link in the last sentence...danger... (Hitler, Linen, & Stalin)
38 posted on 01/09/2014 12:41:15 PM PST by yoe
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To: ReformationFan
This ought to be posted in the religion section since that is what leftism is indeed.

I don't think so. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but that doesn't cover treason.

39 posted on 01/09/2014 12:52:57 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: hosepipe

You know what they say about picking a fight with an old man...


40 posted on 01/09/2014 1:07:41 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; hosepipe; BroJoeK; MHGinTN; YHAOS; marron; metmom; TXnMA
"... Guenon must not have realized what James was actually doing in this work, which was to try to scientifically classify and analyze the religious experiences of mankind — to make an attempt at a "science" of religious experience."

Spirited: No, Guenon was fully aware of what James was doing, which is why he described him as a modernist, Guenon's term for evolutionary naturalist.

James was a radical empiricist, a Darwinist who held that since life evolved from matter (nature) then the human mind had evolved as well.

James was among a group of scholars (Charles Sanders Peirce, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Dewey)who founded an entire school of philosophy (pragmatism) on Darwinian materialism. Their goal was to expand Darwinian naturalism into a complete worldview to rival the supernatural Biblical worldview.(Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity, Nancy Pearce, pp. 228-229)

With respect to the mind (spirit) pragmatists held that Darwinian naturalism means that mind is nothing more than an emergent property of nature. They utterly rejected the "non-scientific" view of man created in the spiritual image of God, thereby rejecting the view that mind transcends matter in favor of the Darwinian view that mind is produced by matter.

In one fell stroke they reversed the natural order.

Naturalism is a modern form of monism and refers to the view that nature (or matter) is the Ultimate Substance of which the universe and all life consist, thus "all is one." C. S. Lewis describes naturalism as a box with its top sealed tightly closed in order to keep out God and the supernatural realm.

There are two basic kinds of modern Naturalism: materialism (i.e., Atomism) and occult pantheism (i.e., New Age spirituality).

The two kinds differ chiefly about whether the First Cause or Absolute Substance is physical matter or psychic matter---an unknowing, unknowable, amoral mind (i.e., Brahman, Void).

However, both kinds are united by their rejection of the transcendent, personal God and the supernatural realm and by their acceptance of some form of evolution, which serves as an impersonal, mechanical process of development.

Modern naturalism of the materialist kind originated in the metaphysics of the ancient Ionians and Stoics during the sixth century BC. However, it was the Atomists (Leucippus/Democritus, 460-357 BC; Epicurus, 342-270 BC; and Lucretius, 96-55 BC) who methodically developed philosophical materialism.

Atomism set all things in ceaseless, purposeless motion by reducing everything---including man, his soul, and even his thoughts---to mindless atoms perpetually colliding with each other in a void. Man was reduced to a soulless, mindless machine that could only ‘see' a tree because the tree emitted atoms which entered machine-man's eyes and implanted themselves onto his brain. This view has changed very little:

"We are descended from robots, and composed of robots..." --Daniel C. Dennett, Kinds of Minds

Plato and Aristotle were the most forceful and compelling critics of Atomism. In Book X of Laws, Plato indicts the Atomists for reversing the natural order by placing brute matter before Nous (mind/soul), and for the reductionism that sets everything in motion and reduces man to a machine. Plato foresees only misery, social disintegration and ultimately, "the ruin of both states and families" should Atomism become the accepted view.

Though Christianity reared a mighty barrier against Atomism, it would be resurrected--- along with its occult pantheist counterpart--during the Renaissance, thence by stages to rationalists, empiricists, etc., and finally to America's pragmatists who in one fell stroke, not only reversed the natural order but because Darwinism posits an inverted exegesis, inverted it as well.

What this means is that since there was no fall from God's good creation, then Lucifer is not the Devil but like man, an upward evolving conscious product of nature. This is why modernists laughed at the idea of Lucifer as the devil and why Guenon described James, et al as unconscious Satanists.

Guenon describes James as an unconscious Satanist not only because his way of thinking reverses and inverts the order of nature (the classic definition of Satanism), but for his dangerous view regarding Satan and because of his equally dangerous spiritist related activities.

Luc Sante, reviewing The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult by Clement Cheroux, wrote that James was "sympathetically inclined, if not actually enlisted in the ranks" of the spiritualist movement.

James was as well a founding member of the American Society for Psychical Research and a member of its Committee on Mediumistic Phenomena. As part of his research, James attended séances and sessions with mediums for more than two decades, and died hopeful that future investigators might discover the "dramatic possibilities of nature" by verifying the existence of spirit phenomena as a product of nature.

source: http://philosopedia.org/index.php?title=William_James

In conclusion, not only does James way of thinking reverse and invert the order of nature (classic Satanism) but reduces man to a conscious product of evolution and shuts God the Father out of His own creation in favor of other spirits.

41 posted on 01/09/2014 4:21:31 PM PST by spirited irish
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To: spirited irish
We find in Paul's letters to Timothy that Paul assumed the existence of body, soul, and spirit. One of the problems encountered in discussions like this one is the interchanging use of soul and spirit.

In an interesting yet somewhat obscure book (I think by James Kennedy) titled Teaching Through The Tabernacle, the author relates the construction of the tent tabernacle to the way God made Adam and his descendants, with an outer court (the body), and inner court (the behavior mechanism, or soul), and the innermost sanctum (the spirit).

I wonder how much confusion would melt away if we had a standard of terms, so that soul would not be referring to the spirit within the soul(?) ... and when using spirit, we would be referring to the innermost nature of humankind to which God sends an earnest of our inheritance in His Spirit life when salvation happens?

42 posted on 01/09/2014 4:30:06 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Thank-you for your cogent reminder with which I fully agree. I confess to taking short-cuts at times which in our age of darkness are not the least bit helpful.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 4:42:39 PM PST by spirited irish
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To: spirited irish; betty boop
source: http://philosopedia.org/index.php?title=William_James

I'd be skeptical of the objectivity of the source given the background and agenda of Mr. Warren Allen Smith, but that's just me.

44 posted on 01/09/2014 6:49:27 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

How is Warren Allen Smith — a gay rights activist (?) — connected to William James?


45 posted on 01/10/2014 7:45:47 AM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop

He runs an authors the site that’s quoted as the source.


46 posted on 01/10/2014 8:41:57 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: spirited irish; Alamo-Girl; betty boop; fwdude
"Guenon defines ‘unconscious Satanism’ as every “modern” conception that notably disfigures the living God, and in this sense, all theories of a limited God and of a God who evolves must be placed in the front rank." [Emphasis mine... TXnMA]

Thank you, spirited irish, for this post!

In his little book, "Your God is Too Small", J.B. Phillips describes a number of belief constructs that entail a "diminished God". However, Phillips (IIRC) did not refer to them as "Satanic". Nor did he, IMO, discuss some of the most prevalent vociferous, unenlightened and abrasive God-limiting religious postures (not necessarily "modern" ones).

I find my thinking to be more aligned with that of Guernon.

~~~~~~~~~~~

Recently, I encountered a small, innocuous, factual video that tests and stresses one's belief system and subtly reveals any personal tendency toward diminishing God (or vainly aggrandizing Mankind or Earth):

"The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D"

I strongly recommend viewing it for its sheer inspirational value (or, even, as a "self-test").

No matter how many times I view the video, I find myself overwhelmed by the incomprehensibly awesome mightiness of our Creator God. Viewing it (in the proper spiritual attitude) can result in a profound, joyous exerience of worshiping, glorifying and praising our Creator. In fact, I'm considering making my own, private "meditation piece" version -- with the soundtrack replaced with Verdi's "Magnificat" and Handel's "Halleluia!".

But, I must admit, it also unequivocally "puts me in my proper place" -- and that is not an ego-building experience, at all.. '-)

~~~~~~~~~

Be advised: if your belief system relies in any way on placing God in a "Man-sized box", you may find the revealed facts mildly to strongly disturbing. I have observed viewers who are visiby "shaken" by it. And I have observed a few who literally tremble and sweat while viewing it; and others who turn it off -- or, even fear and refuse to view it at all. YMMV...

~~~~~~~~~

As one of my all-time favorite FReepers has said,

"Man is not the measure of God"

Or, as Scripture says:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."
Psalm 19:1 -- King James Version (KJV)

47 posted on 01/10/2014 11:46:35 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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Thanks for pointing that out, dear tacticalogic.

I googled "Warren Allen Smith" and came up with a gay activist. Evidently not the same person. Anyhoot, I didn't think much of the site Philosopedia. Seemed a tad polemical to me. [I was particularly disgusted by the report that William James in his personal practice conflated "meditation" with "masturbation." Who could possibly know that, for a fact? Why make such a claim?]

Best just go straight to the source: William James: Writings 1902–1910, New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987. These are the late writings of a mature philosopher (James passed away in 1910).

On "evolutionism," James wrote:

The advance of liberalism, so-called, in Christianity, during the past fifty years, may fairly be called a victory of healthy-mindedness within the church over the morbidness with which the old hell-fire theology was more harmoniously related. We have now whole congregations whose preachers, far from magnifying our consciousness of sin, seem devoted rather to making little of it. They ignore, or even deny, eternal punishment, and insist on the dignity rather than on the depravity of man. They look at the continual preoccupation of the old-fashioned Christian with the salvation of his soul as something sickly and reprehensible rather than admirable; and a sanguine and 'muscular' attitude, which to our forefathers would have seemed purely heathen, has become in their eyes an ideal element of Christian character. I am not asking whether or not they are right, I am only pointing out the change.

The persons to whom I refer have still retained for the most part their nominal connection with Christianity, in spite of their discarding of its more pessimistic elements. But in that 'theory of evolution' which, gathering momentum for a century, has within the past twenty-five years swept so rapidly over Europe and America, we see the ground laid for a new sort of religion of Nature, which has entirely displaced Christianity from the thought of a large part of our generation. The idea of universal evolution lends itself to a doctrine of general meliorism and progress which fits the religious needs of the healthy-minded so well that it seems almost as if it might have been created for their use. Accordingly we find 'evolutionism' interpreted thus optimistically and embraced as a substitute for the religion they were born in, by a multitude of our contemporaries who have either been trained scientifically, or been fond of reading popular science, and who had already begun to be inwardly dissatisfied with what had seemed to them the harshness and irrationality of the orthodox Christian scheme. As examples are better than descriptions, I will quote a document received in answer to Professor Starbuck's circular of questions. The writer's state of mind may by courtesy be called a religion, for it is his reaction on the whole nature of things, it is systematic and reflective, and it loyally binds him to certain inner ideals. I think you will recognize in him, coarse-meated and incapable of wounded spirit as he is, a sufficiently familiar contemporary type.

Q. What does Religion mean to you?

A. It means nothing; and it seems, so far as I can observe, useless to others.... I find that the most religious and pious people are as a rule those most lacking in uprightness and morality. The men who do not go to church or have any religious convictions are the best. Praying, singing of hymns, and sermonizing are pernicious — they teach us to rely on some supernatural power, when we ought to rely on ourselves. I teetotally disbelieve in God. The God-idea was begotten in ignorance, fear, and a general lack of any knowledge of Nature....

Q. What comes before your mind corresponding to the words God, Heaven, Angels, etc.?

A. Nothing whatever. I am a man without a religion. These words mean so much mythic bosh.

Q. Have you had any experiences which appeared providential?

A. None whatever. There is no agency of the superintending kind. A little judicious observation as well as knowledge of scientific law will convince any one of this fact.

Q. What things work most strongly on your emotions?

A. Lively songs and music.... I greatly enjoy nature, especially fine weather.... I never go to church, but attend lectures where there are any good ones. All of my thoughts and cognitions have been of a healthy and cheerful kind, for instead of doubts and fears I see things as they are, for I endeavor to adjust myself to my environment. This I regard as the deepest law. Mankind is a progressive animal. I am satisfied he will have made a great advance over his present status a thousand years hence.

Q. What is your notion of sin?

A. It seems to me sin is a condition, a disease, incidental to man's development not being yet advanced enough. Morbidness over it only increases the disease. We should think that a million years hence equity, justice, and mental and physical good order will be so fixed and organized that no one will have any idea of evil or sin....

If we are in search of a broken and a contrite heart, clearly we need not look to this brother. His contentment with the finite incases him like a lobster-shell and shields him from all morbid repining at his distance from the Infinite. We have in him an excellent example of the optimism which may be encouraged by popular science. [Op. cit., p. 89ff; emphasis added.]

Sounds pretty familiar to me by now. Plus, I have a sneaky feeling that practically anyone nowadays reading the above passages would find something to be "offended by."

But not me! I love this guy. As an empiricist/pragmatist, he is bound by his method, which is experientially and evidentially based. He doesn't "take sides" on an issue, nor is he a "system builder." What he is, is a splendid, penetrating, astute and acute observer/analyst of the human materials that fall under his purview as a great American thinker and world-class psychologist (jeepers, neither Freud nor Jung could make that list, IMHO).

That for which I am most personally grateful and indebted to William James was his insight that (in so many words), "unseen things" may become visible in their effects. Indeed, that may be the only way the "unseen things" can be seen by "science." But if you see the effects, which are phenomenologically, experimentally determined, one might be able to infer something about their causes.

James was a philosopher of psyche who embraced as much as possible the methodology of the natural sciences in his work. I have no problem with that: Philosophy and the Natural Sciences have been "cross-pollinating" for at least five millennia of human history by now.

The scientific method is a particular way of viewing the world which is perfectly legitimate within its proper sphere of operation. But any particular view can be only a partial view of All that there Is.

William James consciously operates "bestride" the two complementary domains of philosophy and science....

Or so it seems to me. I have the greatest respect for the man. I don't know how anyone could conclude that he is somehow an unconscious Luciferian or gnostic thinker. Indeed, I'd say such a statement says more about the person who states it than the person it supposedly describes.

FWIW. I hate all this "conflict."

Thanks so very much for writing, dear tacticalogic — and your alert about a probably unreliable on-line "encyclopedia."

48 posted on 01/10/2014 1:00:46 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: betty boop
Evidently not the same person.

From the About page at the Philosopedia site:

Philosopedia commenced in October 2005. Its logo was trademarked by Warren Allen Smith in January 2006. It started with the posting of his Who's Who in Hell, A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists (NY: Barricade Books, 2000, $125.00), in which over 10,000 terms and names are listed.Its mission includes the goal of providing a site for the philosophy-minded as well as professional philosophers to post up-to-date academic information.

Sure looks like the same guy to me. The Wikipedia page Warran Allen Smith, the gay rights activist, credits him with authoring the same book.

49 posted on 01/10/2014 1:33:41 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic; spirited irish; Alamo-Girl; marron; hosepipe; BroJoeK; YHAOS; MHGinTN; TXnMA; ...
Sure looks like the same guy to me. The Wikipedia page Warran Allen Smith, the gay rights activist, credits him with authoring the same book.

Thank you for your valuable research on this issue, dear tacticalogic!

If people want to consult an on-line encyclopedia, why would they go to Philosopedia, when they could consult with such academically-rigorous sites as the Stanford Encyclopedia, or the Catholic Encyclopedia, both of which have on-line presence?

Thanks, dear 'bro!!! — evidently you have a "nose" for "rats." :^)

50 posted on 01/10/2014 2:03:31 PM PST by betty boop (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. —Thomas Jefferson)
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