By the close of WW II, Richard Weaver and countless other classical liberals, progressives, socialists, communists and Christian intellectuals apprehensively discerned that the Western civilized nations were on the road to breakdown and totalitarianism. Suffering "progressive disillusionment," Weaver was led to ponder the fallacies of modernist ideas that had produced the holocaust of evil visited upon the world from WW I to WW II. By late 1945, Weaver published his conclusions in his book, "Ideas Have Consequences."
The subject of Weaver's book was "the dissolution of the West." Its deterioration was traced by Weaver to the late 14th century when Churchmen and like-minded intellectuals had made an "evil decision." Enticed by William of Occam's (d. c. 1349) philosophy of nominalism, they rebelled against transcendent "universals," thus the position that "there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of, man..." The consequences of this revolution in ideas were catastrophic:
"The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably...the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of 'man is the measure of all things." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, pp. 30-33)
As the downward spiral continued the Holy God was conceptually murdered, the supernatural dimension shut-down and a one-dimensional view of Nature held up as the supreme reality. The Genesis account of creation ex nihilo was eclipsed by evolution and the doctrine of original sin replaced by the "goodness of man." With only the physical world of the senses held to be real, supernatural Christianity declined, sophistry arose and natural science became the most prestigious way to study man. With knowledge limited to the sensory realm, man's spiritual attributes (soul/spirit, mind, conscience, will), were soon lost in an endless cycle of biological reductionism and determinism. Man, created in the spiritual likeness of his living, personal Creator would be lost. In his place would stand the soulless human ape, an accidental emergent product of mindless evolutionary energy.
Weaver dubbed this way of thinking the "spoiled-child psychology" of modern man who had "not been made to see the relationship between reward and effort." This orgy of mindlessness is traceable to certain terrible-willed modernists who, no longer wanting to be created in the spiritual likeness of their Creator, had failed to achieve an integrated world picture, a "metaphysical dream," said Weaver.
Weaver concluded with an ominous warning:
"…the closer man stands to ruin, the duller grows his realization (for) the annihilation of spiritual being precedes the destruction of temple walls." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, pp. 30-33)
What this means with respect to man is that natural science methodically reduces soul to body (matter/DNA), spirit (mind) to grey matter and the cognitive abilities of mind (i.e., reason, memory, will) to movement of chemicals and firing of neurons in grey matter. Furthermore, as everything is subject to the animated law of evolution, then everything from the Bible, creation ex nihilo, Jesus Christ, Heaven, hell, Christian faith, transcendent truth and moral law, the two created sexes, the Constitution, unalienable rights, and our nation’s sovereignty must be subjected to change because all things spontaneously emanate from matter in motion. Thus Corliss Lamont declares that within the worldview of humanist naturalism,
“There is no place…for either immortality or God (because naturalism) 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.” (The Philosophy of Humanism, 1982)
In other words, as everything spontaneously emanates from animated matter (the cosmos) and man is animated matter in an individualized human form then his imagination is a curious product of animated cosmos (thinking chemicals and neurons) making god an evolving product of cosmos working within the cosmic imagination of cosmic man.
Ninety years before Richard Weaver sounded his ominous warning, the 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was one of the most systematically and clear-eyed enemies of natural science. His assertion that the sophistical naturalist mind is in fact the inability of spiritually dead natural man to transcend the natural dimension is an abbreviated and precise definition of natural science.
In “The Present Age,” Kierkegaard’s cutting satire aimed at natural science, he scornfully calls it “the increasing mass of drivel which is called science….” Invoking the authority of Socrates he writes:
“If the natural sciences had been developed in Socrates day as they are now, all the sophists would have been scientists. One would have hung a microscope outside his shop in order to attract custom, and then would have had a sign painted saying, ‘Learn and see through a giant microscope how a man thinks’ (and on reading the advertisement Socrates would have said: ‘that is how men who do not think behave.’) (Aeschliman, p. 30, 31)
It is impossible for us to understand natural science and its primary doctrine evolution unless we see it through the worldview lens of the pantheist/materialist occult magic and animism that emerged out of the Renaissance.
In his two books, “The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age” and “The Occult Establishment,” historian James Webb chronicles the rise of an occult intelligentsia together with natural science and evolution as it emerged out of the Renaissance, a spiritually traumatic time when many Churchmen and Christian intellectuals eagerly embraced mystical Cabalism, the doctrine of emanation, Hermeticism, Buddhism, alchemy, Gnosticism, reincarnation and evolution sweeping into Christendom at that time. Webb’s book, “The Occult Underground” was originally called “Flight from Reason” because Renaissance apostates had turned back to occultism, the science of magic.
Under the term occultism are included various practices broadly categorized as animism, astrology, divination (called channeling today), fetishism, and shamanism. Underlying all of these is magic.
Magic, or goetia, is generally understood to be an interference with the normal 'way things work' in the course of nature. It is the ancient practice whose goal is to acquire godlike powers by breaking the created order of nature with the goal of unpatterning and undesigning its patterns and designs so as to uncreate creation and then replace the broken created order with a second reality which is really an illusion.
Generally this is done by way of alchemical formulas and speaking magic words (invocations, incantations), through gestures, secret rituals, and other mysterious actions knowable only to magicians, wizards, gurus, god-men, shamans, witches, sorcerers, and other such adepts who claim to possess deep inner-gnosis and even psychic powers.
Natural science and/or methodological naturalism and Darwinism are forms of goetia that break and unpattern the patterns of creation. This process begins with the inversion of creation and the breaking and unpatterning of the substance of God so as to redistribute His Divine Substance throughout nature. The end result is pantheism/animism. In a similar fashion, Imago Dei is broken and unpatterned as God’s spiritual image bearer so as to further endow brute matter with man’s spiritual endowments.
In Disraeli’s novel Lothair, the Monsignore describes what has become of man after sophistical naturalists have broken and unpatterned him:
“Instead of Adam, our ancestry is traced to the most grotesque of creatures; thought is phosphorous, the soul complex nerves, and our moral sense a secretion of sugar.” (Aeschliman. P. 33)
The return to the ancient science of magic chronicled by Webb produced two currents of animism: Eastern/occult pantheism and reincarnation and scientific materialism and/or natural science and evolution.
Essentially, animism is an ancient superstition holding that not only is all of nature and/or matter animated — including both living and non-living things — but that the animating force or spirit conveys power and influence. Western New Age occult-pantheism speaks of the animating spirit of evolution as the angel Lucifer, while its secular counterpart, scientific materialism speaks of miracle-producing ‘thinking’ energies or even the seething energies of Lucifer that subject everything to change, cause matter to think, choose, and act; cause god to emerge from cosmos, animate and inform memes, genes, chance, causation, determinism, DNA, chemicals and neurons, for example.
Furthermore, all religions and belief systems are true because an animated divine-force suffuses and energizes all things. By extension of this perverse reasoning, Gaia is alive, and Gnosticism, Satanism, Wicca, Theosophy, and Sharia are true. This is syncretism (moral relativism), the uniting of good and evil, truth and lie, the holy and the unholy. R.J. Rushdoony writes:
"Now syncretism is destructive of the human mind, of rationality...(A) man who wants to unite good and evil...has lost the capacity for clear thinking. His mind is darkened, clouded, fuzzed over, and incompetent....Man, by presuming to be god, has by that act destroyed the possibility of true thinking; from so radically false a premise, no valid conclusion can follow." ("Why Is Rick Warren Waffling?" Lee Duigon, Chalcedon)
Animism: the Mystical Energy of Matter and Evolution
Enrico Ferri (1856-1926), a prominent socialist of his day, and an Italian criminologist who for many years was the editor of Avanti, a socialist daily. Writing in "Socialism and Religious Beliefs," Ferri excitedly babbles about the miracle-producing ‘thinking’ energies animating nonliving ideological systems such as socialism. Note that he endows natural or positive science with divine 'choice-making' ability:
"....modern positive science...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." (www.marxists.org/archive/ferri/1894/religion.htm)
In the following example, Gustav Wetter expounds on the magical force animating, perfecting and informing nonliving thinking or dialectical matter,
"...matter itself 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 A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)
After much thought C.S. Lewis concluded that natural science and its primary doctrine evolution is devised not to seek truth but to keep God (and the supernatural half of reality) out:
“More disquieting still is Professor D.M.S. Watson’s defense. “Evolution itself,” he wrote, “is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or...can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.” Has it come to that? Does the whole vast structure of modern naturalism depend not on positive evidence but simply on an a priori metaphysical prejudice. Was it devised not to get in facts but to keep out God?” (CS Lewis, The Oxford Socratic Club, 1944)
As Kierkegaard perceptively observed, natural science and its primary doctrine evolution are the inventions of the sophistical mind of natural man (i.e., America’s ruling class) who worships and serves animated matter and unseen forces rather than the living Holy Creator Who created matter and rational life. For this reason, Lewis’s conclusions placed him squarely among the growing ranks of anti-natural science and evolution blasphemers.