In 2012 a Reason Rally was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Advertised as "the world's largest secular event," it drew more than 20,000 militant non-believers attracted by big name anti-religion 'preachers' Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, and the world-renowned Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins.("How could anyone really rally against reason? Fearnow & Woods, theatlantic.com, Mar 25 2012)
Figuring prominently among Dawkins more profoundly inane preachments is this gem:
"How could anyone really rally against reason? Conversely, how could anyone have a rally for reason?" (ibid)
If Dawkins was honest, he would not have asked how anyone could rally against reason but rather, how is it possible for a foolish pagan like himself to reason at all when from within the constraints of his own evolutionary materialist worldview he is unable to account for his own life and mind?
Richard Dawkins worldview is completely godless and soulless, and as Hans Jonas said in his epic work, "The Gnostic Religion," it represents the “absolute vacuum, the really bottomless pit.” (Jonas, p. 339)
Dawkins gnosis, his secret knowledge, is that he really does know that for the evolved human-ape there is nothing— no source for life and no source for mind and reason. So while out of one side of his mouth he calls upon his mindless adoring fans to harshly ridicule believers, out of the other he quietly confessed to the Archbishop of Canterbury not too long before the Reason Rally that he’s,
"....not actually an atheist, but an agnostic. Unlike his adoring crowd at the Reason Rally, he’s not really a full-fledge non-believer." (Ridicule them with contempt, Dr.Benjamin Wiker, tothesource.org, March 29, 2012)
In his own words, Dawkins is an agnostic because:
"I cannot know for certain [that God does not exist] but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there." (The God Delusion, 2006).
Why the grand deception? Because as Dawkins has admitted in his candid moments,
"...the possibility that lifeless chemicals could combine by mere chance to make the first living, functional cell, even by being built up in some imagined step-by-step accidental way, is astronomically small. It would be, in effect, a kind of miracle." Dawkins needs just this kind of miracle said Wiker, " ...so that he can eliminate the need for God as a guiding creator to explain the mysterious origin of life." (ibid, Wiker)
In modern "scientific" terms, the idea that life miraculously emerged over time by chance from spontaneously generated lifeless chemicals is abiogenesis. On the basis of this completely foolish conception, evolutionary naturalists (materialists) assert that the personal Triune God, souls, spirits, angels, demons, heaven and hell do not exist.
But lifeless chemicals cannot and will not produce life no matter how often and in what combination modern alchemists mix them in the vain hope that life will emerge from nonlife. And this is the conclusion reached by philosopher Thomas Nagel in his book, "Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False:"
“It is prima facie highly implausible that life as we know it is the result of a sequence of physical accidents together with the mechanism of natural selection....giving what is known about the chemical basis of biology and genetics, what is the likelihood that self-reproducing life forms should have come into existence spontaneously on the early earth, solely through the operation of the laws of physics and chemistry? (and given this improbability, what are) the sources of variation in the evolutionary process that was set in motion once life began.." (A Different Way of Thinking---Thomas Nagel Considers the Mind, by Warren Nunn, creation.com, 28 March 2013)
Nagel admits that his change in thinking was inspired by the defenders of intelligent design:
“In thinking about these questions I have been stimulated by criticisms of the prevailing scientific world picture from a very different direction: the attack on Darwinism mounted in recent years … by the defenders of intelligent design. Even though writers like Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer are motivated at least in part by their religious beliefs, the empirical arguments they offer against the likelihood that the origin of life and its evolutionary history can be fully explained by physics and chemistry are of great interest in themselves. … Even if one is not drawn to the alternative of an explanation by the actions of a designer, the problems that these iconoclasts pose for the orthodox scientific consensus should be taken seriously. They do not deserve the scorn with which they are commonly met. It is manifestly unfair.”
Unlike Dawkins and other hard-core naturalists, Nagel is willing to at least hear the claims of intelligent design proponents even though his hostility to young earth (i.e. biblical) creation is obvious:
“ID is very different from creation science. To an outsider, at least, it does not seem to depend on massive distortion of the evidence and hopeless incoherencies in its interpretation. Nor does it depend, like biblical literalism, on the assumption that the truth of ID is immune to empirical evidence to the contrary."
Nagel is not alone in questioning abiogenesis. The idea that life arose from lifeless chemicals is such an obvious embarrassment that today naturalists such as Richard Dawkins, SETI researcher Paul Davies and Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, have abandoned it in favor of panspermia.
Panspermia is the idea that life on earth was accidentally seeded by meteorites miraculously containing the essential building blocks of life or perhaps by highly evolved extraterrestrials who for billions of years have been guiding the evolution of man. The extraterrestrial idea was favored by Arthur C. Clarke in his book, "Childhood's End" and a variation on this theme has been advanced by Davies, Crick, Ralph Pudritz of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and Richard Dawkins who in an interview with Ben Stein posited that long ago extraterrestrials seeded life on earth. (Ben Stein interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZtEjtlirc )
Davies has written seriously about the possibility of "alien bioengineering" that could be detected in the DNA of life on earth and suggests that citizen scientists and school students be enlisted to help search for evidence. (An Alien Code Close to Home: Seeking ET Beyond the Radio Silence, Astrobiology Magazine, Jeremy Hsu, 10/27/2011)
Though unable to account for life Pudritz nevertheless theorizes that humans and aliens may share the same DNA which itself could be part of a universal structure "of the first genetic codes anywhere...." (Why Aliens Might Look Like You, Eddie Wren, dailymail.co.uk/ June 11, 2012)
Francis Crick proposes a theory called "directed panspermia," the idea that,
"...life on earth may have begun when aliens from another planet sent a rocket ship containing spores to seed the earth."
He admits however that his theory only pushes the unresolvable problem of the origin of life out into deep space:
"This scenario still leaves open the question of who designed the designer [aliens] — how did life originally originate?" (Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature, 1981)
As Hans Jonas has made clear, the modern neo-Gnostic evolutionary naturalist worldview is completely godless and soulless, thus it represents the “absolute vacuum, the really bottomless pit.” Lacking an ultimate source for life and being, it is entirely irrational.
Yet what is even more irrational is for Dawkins, Crick, and other naturalists to embrace the myth of extraterrestrials in a further attempt at evading the living God.
In his book, "Scientific Mythologies," James A. Herrick traces the 'aliens from outer-space' idea back to certain Renaissance astrologers, occultists, and mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) who claimed to not only receive telepathic secrets from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences.
Swedenborg's influence is far-reaching. From Kant to the occult theosophist Madame Blavatsky and points in between and on into our own time to psychologist J.B. Rhine, a vast array of science fiction writers (i.e., Clarke, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg) and numerous evolutionary scientists.
Over time, Swedenborg's astral plane 'space travels' gave birth to what Herrick dubs "The Myth of the Extraterrestrial." As far back as the seventeenth century science fiction writers were imagining "the intelligent extraterrestrial visitor" and preparing the public to accept their existence. And accept them they have, for the twentieth century has witnessed a veritable population explosion in the alien domain, said Herrick. (p. 43)
After many years of investigation, modern UFO researcher John Keel is convinced that UFOs,
"....do not seem to exist as tangible, manufactured objects. They do not conform to the accepted natural laws of our environment...The UFO manifestations seem to be...merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon." (Unholy Spirits, Gary North, p. 291)
French physicist and UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Vallee concludes that something strange is happening to human consciousness that is causing a major shift in man's belief systems and his relationship to the concept of the invisible. Vallee believes that the same "powerful force' (demonological phenomenon) that influenced the human race in the past is influencing it again:
".....human belief...is being controlled and conditioned, man's concepts are being rearranged, and we may be headed toward a massive change of human attitudes toward paranormal abilities and extraterrestrial life." (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 109)
In light of this, Vallee proposes the hypothesis that there is a control system,
"... for human consciousness...I am suggesting that what takes place through close encounters with UFOs is control of human beliefs, control of the relationship between our consciousness and physical reality, and that this control has been in force throughout history...." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 158)
In occult terminology, transformation of consciousness egregore, a concept representing a "thought form" (i.e., Richard Dawkins' memes) or "collective group mind," resulting from a psychic entity (demons) influencing the thoughts of a group of people. However, egregore derives from the Greek word for "watchers," leading the French occult magician Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) to identify egregore with the fallen angel 'fathers' of the nephilim.
In Christian language, transformation of consciousness means "demonic outpouring.' Vallee's "powerful force" is a new demonic outpouring loosed upon unbelieving, unrepentant mankind. In this light it becomes clear just how dangerously irrational are Dawkins and all who seek to evade God by looking to 'extraterrestrials.'