Secularism is Swell: Harvard Political Review and Me

I did an interview with the Harvard Political Review several weeks ago.  The story is largely a paean to secularism. Steven Pinker even takes credit for democracy as an achievement of secularists.  I know.  That’s the history you get from an evolutionary psychologist.

To the author’s credit, I was certainly treated fairly.  I only wish she’d offered more of our interview to her readers.  For those who would like to read it, I have posted it in full over at First Thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “Secularism is Swell: Harvard Political Review and Me

  1. But where does the now dominant secular world view come from?
    What is its historical and now-time origins?
    What is the form of individual and collective mind that creates it?

    The Renaissance was the collapse of the “God”-civilization that preceded it. The civilization based on the then culturally dominant Christian based mythologized presumptions of what was traditionally conceived to be spatially and temporally “behind” and “above” the world.

    The Renaissance, via the rise of the “culture” of scientism destroyed that earlier form of civilization. With the Renassance, “God”-myth-based civilization was replaced with a civilization based entirely on the grossly bound human being, in and of itself. God was thus eliminated from the picture altogether.

    That grossly bound civilization came to its essential end in the twentieth century, via the two World Wars.

    The old post Renaissance civilization was entirely grossly bound. That old civilization idealized the grossly bound human being, and it ended up with a world of grossly bound human beings destroying one another.

    But it gets even worse. ALL of our grossly bound “civilization” is patterned by, and saturated with death. This includes ALL of its religion.

    This is/was inevitable because the gross human body is literally a death machine which is inevitably going to die. Therefore the ordinary gross bodily based human being and culture (in and of itself) is not about life, but about death. Our individual lives and our entire “culture” is patterned by death.

    In this dark epoch the common human world is altogether invested in this gross disposition of identification with the gross body, in and of itself. And therefore, the entire human world is becoming overwhelmed with the “culture” of death.

    This dogma of death saturated materialism cannot be effectively countered by conventional exoteric religiosity.
    Why?
    Because exoteric religiosity also reduces human beings to the gross meat-body ONLY. Thus it shares, and is thus patterned by, the same grossly reductionist assumptions about what we are as human beings, and or Reality altogether, as the dominant paradigm of scientism.

    It will take much much more than the hopeful (and even aggressive) advocacy of old time pre-Renaissance “God”-myth religion to turn this utterly dark situation around.

    Much more.

  2. The recent Avatar filmed gave a superb example of the inevitable end of the death-saturated secularized world-view.

    The techno-barbarian invaders, having already “created” a dying world.

    Just as we have brought the entire world to the brink of the same situation via our anti-“culture” of the war of all against all and everything, including The Divine Reality.

    They were prepared to use whatever means they could to access this “unobtainium”, including attempting to win the hearts and minds of the Navi via the services of anthropologists.

    This inevitably failed, so the Navi HAD to be monstered–such being the techno-“logical” imperative that has ALWAYS driven Western “culture.

    At a very basic level the film was about the “culture” of death versus the culture of life with all of its inter-connectedness.

    It was therefore very interesting how all of those on the right of the culture wars , INCLUDING THOSE THAT PRESUME TO BE RELIGIOUS, dramatized an entirely predictable group-think response to this film.

    They ALL effectively came out in support of the “culture” of death.

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