Losing Our Hearts and Souls to the Science-Magic Mythos

In his classic book, “The Abolition of Man,” C.S. Lewis characterized science and magic as twins,

“….the serious magical endeavor and the serious scientific endeavor are twins.” (p. 87)

In an age characterized by science worship and sweeping evolutionary thinking, Lewis’s observation doubtless seems strange, but the comparison between science and magic runs throughout a number of his most popular works.  In Lewis’s Narnian tale “The Magician’s Nephew” the sinister Uncle Andrew is both a magician and a scientist while the corrupt progressive conspirators at the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E.) in “That Hideous Strength,” the third and last installment of Lewis’s space trilogy crave the powers of both science and magic in their plot to re-engineer man and society.

Lewis understood that science and magic are alarmingly similar.  On one hand, science magic and evolution (metaphysical sophistry) have the ability to function as a religion that inculcates a lack of skepticism resulting in unthinking devotion and worship.  On the other, mindless devotion and obedience gives science magic its’ power over the minds and souls of men, thereby allowinghigh priests of scientism to dominate the Christian Church and society.

Lewis was not against ‘good’ science, meaning science in search of truth, but rather against the magic-science ushered in by Darwin whose Godless theory provided potent fuel for turning science into a neo-pagan religion.  In his book “Miracles” he argued that the birth of ‘good’ science depended on the Judeo-Christian view of the living, personal God, the Author of Moral Law and Law in Nature, the Creator who, though He upholds all life and nonlife within the cosmos nevertheless exists outside of the space-time dimension,

Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator.”  (p. 106)

In Lewis’s lifetime, the promoter par excellence of magic-science and evolution as an alternative cosmogony to the Genesis account ex nihilo and the Revealed Word in general was popular writer H.G. Wells.  Wells and fellow travelers fashioned Darwin’s philosophically materialist theory of evolution into a powerfully seductive cosmic creation mythos, a strange fire that satanically inverts the order of creation and reverses the direction of Biblical theism.  Lewis variously called this new mythos “The Scientific Outlook,” and “Evolutionism” and added that with dramatic storytellers such as Wells propounding it the mythos would surely capture the minds of men and transform their consciousness with its grand, unfolding narrative brimful of heroism, pathos and tragedy.

In this grand unfolding narrative, history and self-created life magically progress upward from non-living chemicals to cave-dwelling ape-men, then to animism and polytheism followed by monotheism, the stage during which primitive humanoids invented gods, ethics and other superstitions.  After monotheism the narrative ascends to higher-order reason, science and knowledge of evolution, which finally liberated men from the gods and other superstitions they had invented in their distant primitive past.

So complete has the transformation of consciousness been that vast numbers of Christian clergy and laypeople no longer trust the unevolved cognitive abilities of “primitive” men like Abraham, Isaac, and Moses, nor for that matter, the OT prophets.    As primitive and superstitious as they were, they cannot be trusted to understand anything God revealed to them, if in fact He spoke at all.   The consequences of this abiding skepticism are stark and terrible, resulting in atheism, agnosticism and pagan hermeneutics.

In the Breakpoint commentary, “He has Spoken: Replacing Pagan Hermeneutics,” Eric Metaxas observes that even though modern Christians are generally still attached to their Bibles their handling of it is pagan.   By this he means that the Bible is for such people nothing more than a collection of heart-warming stories or encouraging proverbs: 

We conveniently ignore the claims it makes on us, which is why so many of us live like pagans in our daily lives.” (breakpoint.org, September 12, 2013)

For Metaxas as for so many concerned Christian thinkers within the whole body of the Church, the most important question is, “what if anything can be done about the ongoing loss of faith?”

As atheism, agnosticism and pagan hermeneutics are powered by the science-magic and evolution mythos responsible for inverting creation, then one answer is to analyze and ultimately dismantle and destroy the myth, beginning with the findings of the eminent researcher of antiquity, James Baily.  In his book, “The God-Kings and the Titans: The New World Ascendancy in Ancient Times” Baily destroys the inverted creation account of the mythos, which he calls the reverse of facts:

“…human history can now be hesitantly traced back as an unbroken narrative to 4000 B.C….the picture emerging…is one of the Fall of Man in historic terms as well as his rise; it is a picture…more of degradation than of success; it is a picture of monotheism breaking down into polytheism and of the struggle to return to monotheism.  The establishment view of the history of religion gradually progressing from animism to polytheism (then) to monotheism is the reverse of facts.” (1973, p. 296)   

In other words, 4000 years before Christ, there was Noah and his family in the post-flood world.  According to the highly esteemed historian Samuel Shuckford, Noah and his family brought with them the knowledge of God, Creation, origin of man, the Deluge,  sacrifice to God for the propitiation of sin, as well as the knowledge of letters/symbols, architecture, science, agriculture, and much else.   (The Sacred and Profane History of the World Connected, 1808)

Noah remained in the East and established the worship of the true God.  Shuckford writes that Noah was undoubtedly the very first king of China, Fohi, who according to Chinese lore had no father.   According to Shuckford, the East was at that time the most advanced civilization in terms of learning, medicine, true religion, and much else.

Eighty years after the Flood, Noah’s son Ham and his sons together with other family members eventually settled in the plains of Shinar where they resolved to build a tower, a monument to their own vanity, ambition and rebellion against God. But said Shuckford, God confounded their language in the midst of their undertaking, and caused them “to separate from one another.” (ibid, p.94)

Eventually Ham was deified and worshipped as the gods Chronus I and Jupiter:

 "Ham is represented by many writers as a very wicked, immodest, and profligate creature: Berosus (i) makes him a magician, and to be the same with Zoroast or Zoroastres, and speaks of him as the public corrupter of mankind; and says that he taught men to live as before the flood, to lie with mothers, sisters, daughters, males and brutes, and creatures of all sorts; and that he actually did so himself, and therefore was cast out by his father Janus, or Noah, and got the name of "Chem", the infamous and immodest: (upon seeing his father's nakedness Ham) told his two brethren without; he went out of the tent after he had pleased himself with the sight... and in a wanton, ludicrous, and scoffing manner, related what he had seen: some of the Jewish Rabbins (k), as Jarchi relates, say that Canaan first saw it, and told his father of it; and some say (l), that he or Ham committed an unnatural crime with him; and others (m), that he castrated him; and hence, it is supposed, came the stories of Jupiter castrating his father Saturn, and Chronus his father Uranus."    Genesis 9:22 Gill's Exposition

Ham's son Mizraim was worshipped as Chronus II and the Sun-god Osiris.  Three of Mizraim’s sons, Ananim, Naphtuhim, and Pathrusim became kings in Egypt.

Pathrusim was king of Thebais; his Egyptian name was Tyoth or Thoth.  Also known as Taautus, his Greek name was Hermes and he was worshipped as the Sun-god Mercury.  It was Thoth-Hermes who instructed his brothers in the arts and science magic, such as alchemy or transmutation (evolution) of one kind of thing into another, of which he was master: the Hermetic principle of the macrocosm’s correlation with the microcosm: “As above, so below” symbolized by the serpent-powered Ouroboros, the cosmic tree of life or with Darwin the tree of life. (Luciferian Occultism Overtaking the West: Serpent Power in Ancient and Modern Evolutionary Expressions, http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kimball/130627)

 Lewis was right to fear the seductive powers of science-magic and evolution.  From its inception it has captured the minds and souls of large numbers of faithless priests and millions of Westerners and Americans, their faith and eternal salvation lost in favor of a useless myth, a strange fire in the minds of men.    But for those with ears to hear and a willing heart, truth will set them free.

@Linda Kimball