“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
Secular and Cosmic Humanism are the two sides of modern neo-paganism. At the most fundamental level, both sides are atheist, meaning there is no living, personal Triune God but only the cosmos, or perhaps a Quantum Energy Field, Over Mind, or perhaps Universal Spirit. Unless we peer deeply into the worldview lens we will neither discern the neo-pagan foundations of Secular and Cosmic Humanism nor their death-dealing consequences to America’s Biblically grounded founding worldview.
Nor is it possible to understand its catastrophic effects on imago Dei:
“Darwin has deprived us of our souls. If you really understand the theory of evolution, you understand that there is no soul.” (Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari, p. 259)
What we must understand is that modern evolutionary Humanism is a syncretic mixture of post-flood pagan systems updated, revamped and made palatable in the guise of science for modern Westerners and Americans. Its major elements are the Babylonian Mystery Religion, Egyptian Hermetic magic, Greek Atomism (physical materialism) and its mystical Eastern pantheist counterparts—Buddhism and Hinduism (spiritualized matter: prakriti), plus alchemical evolutionary scientism (more magic).
All pagan systems have in common monism and some form of evolution plus transmigration or evolution plus reincarnation whereby within the natural dimension man can attain perfection apart from a transcendent Creator God. Monism means that there is just the natural 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, divine unconscious mind or one-dimensional Divine Reality of which all life and nonlife are aspects in continuity with the Divine Substance. This means that apotheosis is attainable through yoga, transcendental meditation and other ancient magic ways.
Pagan systems are choices embraced by men who find that transcendence is too painful, since to embrace transcendence or two dimensional supernaturalism is to give up control of the universe:
“It is to admit that the only thing I can do to get in line with whatever is in control and to get ‘on its good side’ is to surrender in trust, belief, and obedience. It is to confess that I cannot with my own intelligence ferret out the meaning and significance of life. It is to refuse the serpent’s suggestion that I can not only become like God, I can actually become God.” (The Bible Among the Myths, John N. Oswalt, p. 191)
To reject the supernatural Holy Creator God in favor of a pagan system will not result in apotheosis but rather in dehumanization. To choose paganism is to step out in the void and lose the only Source of one’s humanity, to become a soulless aspect of the One Substance (unconscious thinking matter in motion) without individual soul/spirit (mind).. At best, to be 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 essence of the human is not the body, but the soul. It is the soul alone that God made in his own image and the soul that he loves....For the sake of the soul...the Son of God came into the world...." (Incomplete Work on Matthew, Homily 25, Ancient Christian Devotional, Oden and Crosby, p. 153)
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 (supernatural) heaven. By way of prayer, confession, repentance, 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 and conscience cleansed 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)
Ancient and modern pagan and pantheist monism is in every way the antithesis of the Bible’s 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.
Of all Christian doctrines the most difficult to understand is that of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing). This doctrine is the complete opposite of ancient and modern evolutionary cosmogonies affirming that the universe and even the gods, emanated, emerged or evolved out of a pre-existing substance such as primordial matter or the watery chaos, which begs the question of where the substances came from.
The Triune God's miraculous creation has its' foundation in the fact that He spoke all things into existence from nothing. Early Church Father Irenaeus comments,
"God, in the exercise of his will and pleasure, formed all things...out of what did not previously exist."
But if there is no Triune God as modern neo-pagan Humanism asserts, then it logically follows that there is no source for life, consciousness, soul, spirit and will, or for human dignity, worth, liberty, and property. Without God the Father unalienable (God-given) rights are meaningless. If man is not God's spiritual image-bearer, then he is less than nothing, a conclusion Buddha reached long before Jesus Christ walked this earth:
"Six centuries before Jesus Christ, the Buddha already knew that if God does not exist, then the human self cannot exist either......Therefore, he deconstructed the Hindu idea of the soul. When one starts peeling the onion skin of one's psyche, he discovers that there is no solid core at the center of one's being. Your sense of self is an illusion. Reality is nonself (anatman). You don't exist. Liberation, the Buddha taught, is realizing the unreality of your existence." (The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Vishal Mangalwadi, p. 6)
For more than eighty years,, 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 neo-pagan Humanism 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.
After analyzing modern neo-pagan Humanism, Vishal Mangalwadi concludes that it 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, neo-pagan Humanists 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 neo-pagan Humanists 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)
Further examples of modern neo-pagan 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 modern neo-pagan Humanists have been waging war on Jehovah God, creation ex nihilo, and imago Dei in furtherance of their agenda to transform the consciousness of Westerners and 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 neo-pagan nihilism. 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.