“There is no place in the Humanist worldview for either immortality or God in the valid meanings of those terms. Humanism contends that instead of the gods creating the cosmos, the cosmos, in the individualized form of human beings giving rein to their imagination, created the gods.” Corliss Lamont, "The Philosophy of Humanism" 1982
As Ellis Washington points out in his brief overview of dialectical materialism, “Secular Humanism is Evolution Atheism,” unless we peer through the worldview lens of dialectical materialism it is impossible for us to understand it, thus we are helpless against its devastating effects. (Washington, Conservative Beacon, Oct. 12, 2013)
Nor is it possible to understand its catastrophic effects on Imago Dei.
What we must understand is that dialectical materialism is a syncretic mixture of pre-flood and post-flood pagan systems updated, revamped and made palatable for modern Westerners and Americans. Its major ingredients are Hermetic magic, Greek Atomism (physical materialism) and its Eastern pantheist counterparts, Buddhism/Hinduism (spiritualized matter: prakriti), plus alchemical scientism (more magic).
All pagan systems have in common some form of evolution plus transmigration or evolution plus reincarnation. This is because pagan systems are monist, which means that there is just one dimension, an Ultimate Substance consisting of void, matter and mechanical energies (evolution) working on matter pregnant with the possibility of life, spirit, and conscious awareness.
The One Substance is the impersonal, unconscious mind or one-dimensional Reality of which all life and nonlife are aspects in continuity with the One Substance. Thus Hermes Trismegistus taught: As above, so below.
What this means with respect to man is that as he is really just an aspect of the One Substance (unconscious thinking matter in motion) man has no individual soul/spirit (mind). Man is not an individual thinker as the historically unique two-dimensional Biblical worldview teaches. At best he is an aspect of a Collective Communal Consciousness.
In contrast, the Biblical worldview teaches that reality consists of two interfacing, interactive dimensions, the seen or natural and the unseen or supernatural. In this view man is an embodied spirit as taught by St. Augustine (AD 354-430). Augustine affirms that as all men are the spiritual image bearers (Imago Dei) of the supernatural Triune God in three Persons, then it logically follows that each man is a person; a trinity of being comprised of soul/spirit (unseen) and body, brain (seen).
The citadel of the individual soul is spirit (heart). Spirit is immortal and self-aware. It can will and think and is responsible for what it wills, thinks, speaks, and acts on while in this world.
Spirit is the unique property that distinguishes soul from the material body in which it is fully embedded. In Biblical thought, spirit allows man to spiritually transcend the natural dimension in order to access the third Heaven. By way of prayer and petitions the spirit of man’s mind allows him to enter into a personal relationship with the Spirit of God. Through this relationship, spirit is renewed over time, thus enabling man to more perfectly orient the manner of his thoughts, passions, words and actions in this world in preparation for eternity in Paradise.
In Christian thought, a person is a spirit (self) and personality is the total individuality of the spirit. Without spirit there is no ‘self,’ hence no person.
The key to personal liberty in the natural or sensory half of reality is man’s spiritual liberty contrasted against a genetically pre-programmed animal-like orientation. Animals have souls but not spirits, the basis of intelligence, sensitivity, imagination, self-consciousness, reflection back and forward into time, and the capacity for truth and moral goodness.
A person is uniquely free because he can spiritually transcend his material brain to access the Spirit of the Lord as Paul affirms:
“Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17)
Vishal Mangalwadi, India’s foremost Christian intellectual observes that this historically unique concept of man as Imago Dei gave birth to the “belief in the unique dignity of human beings,” and this is the force,
“…that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individual. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights.” (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, Mangalwadi, pp. 12-13)
Dialectical materialism is in every way the antithesis of the Biblical view of two-dimensional reality, God’s Revelations, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, Imago Dei, and Christianity, the spiritual and moral foundations of Western civilization for fifteen hundred years.
For about 80 years now, unsuspecting Americans have been undergoing a stealthy transformation of consciousness to supplant our identity as individual image-bearers of Jehovah God with the Collective Communal Consciousness of dialectical materialism wherein ‘we the people’ are no longer people but impersonal resource material. This is why godless materialist Darwinism has been forced on us in the name of ‘natural science’ and why the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo has become a dirty word. By extension, all of this is why evolutionary theism is an abomination brought into the whole body of the Church by compromising clergy.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, ‘1984,’ he tells us that as Big Brother (dialectical materialists) is in the business of eradicating individual thinkers it has criminalized ‘thought:’
“Thought crime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for awhile....but sooner or later they were bound to get you.” George Orwell, 1984
After analyzing dialectical materialism, Vishal Mangalwadi concludes that Marxist dialectical materialism, or scientific socialism, is very similar to Eastern pantheist nihilism but dressed in ‘scientific’ clothing.
Nihilism or non-belief in one’s own soul/spirit is the logical assumption if the supernatural Holy God in three Persons does not exist. Nihilism is spiritual, intellectual, and moral suicide, yet for the last two hundred years in W. Europe and 80 years here in America, dialectical materialists and like-minded confederates have been moving the West and America closer and closer to denial of soul/spirit: Imago Dei.
Czarist Orthodox Catholic Russia was the science laboratory where devilish materialists conducted experiments on humans in furtherance of their goal to murder Imago Dei. After seizing control, Marxist ‘mind-conditioners’ utilized propaganda of the lie, re-education tactics with major emphasis on Darwinism (more lies), revision of history (more lies), and other confusion-inducing, mind-and-thought-control techniques in connection with brain-altering drugs, electro-shock therapy, physical and spiritual torment, and other brutal measures to,
“...liquidate all expressions of individual identity in favor of an impersonal collective, communal consciousness.” (The Book that Made Your World, Vishal Mangalwadi, p. 74)
Examples of dialectical materialist/pantheist nihilism disguised as ‘science’:
1. With B.F. Skinners’ behaviorism there is neither living Jehovah God nor soul/spirit. Human beings are chemicals turned into psychochemical machines determined by environment, chemistry, chance, and cultural conditioning.
2. Richard Dawkins mystical “thinking” memes plant thoughts in the grey matter of psychochemical organisms that are fatalistically determined by DNA.
3. Cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett claims there really is no you, that soul, spirit and will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while his partner in nihilism, naturalist Tom Wolfe proclaims,
“Sorry, but your soul just died.” (The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul, Beauregard and O’Leary, p. 4)
For more than eighty years dialectical materialist pantheists have been waging war on Jehovah God, creation ex nihilo, and Imago Dei in furtherance of their agenda to transform the consciousness of Americans.
Mangalwadi argues that it is already the case that for increasing numbers of contemporary Americans the death of Jehovah God has made it impossible for them to affirm the existence of the human self with the consequence of a spreading tidal wave of madness, despair, murder, suicide, lawlessness, and chaos. Those who have already converted to Zen Buddhism or similar natural philosophies actively seek the annihilation of their souls through drugs, Tantric sex, yoga, and meditation. As with contemporary Hindu gurus, some initiates are desperately trying to merge their individual consciousness with the void.
Western and American evolutionary pagans have nearly succeeded in taking Jehovah God away and replacing Him with nihilist Darwinian materialism. In their darkened minds they have conceptually reduced His spiritual image-bearers to less than nothing. Every day they teach monstrous lies as scientific fact. They have deliberately corrupted Westerners and Americans, and brutally ridicule and demonize anyone who dares speak truth to their lies. By these means they set have set Western and American civilization adrift in infinite nothingness.