Mark Steyn observed that though Islam acknowledges Western technological superiority, it does not however, think it matters because Westerners are "unmanned drones." By this Steyn means that Westerners, "....believe in nothing except the most transitory and dreary self-gratification, an endless adolescence that begins with a push-up bra at eight and continues through free government condoms for 30 year olds. Not only do the surging Muslim populations in European cities have no wish to "assimilate" with such a culture, they do not believe they will have to---for they have bet that such a society cannot survive." (Pushing Deviancy Up, http://www.steynonline.com/content/view/3884/28/)
The condition described by Steyn is nihilism. Nihilism is not a disease of the body for which pills and other medicines can be taken. Nor can it be dealt with by way of therapeutic counseling or humanistic feel-good sermons. At bottom, nihilism is the self-idolization that occurs when the soul (psyche) becomes desiccated as a result of the spirit (pneuma) turning away from its' transcendent origin of being, that is, God the Father.
In his diagnosis of this condition, early Church Father Athanasius describes a downward-spiraling process whereby the soul becomes materialized and reason becomes unreason. Having forgotten the Good God, the spirit turns inward and the soul becomes materialized and ceases to believe that anything exists beyond what can be sensed, observes Athanasius. Thus the inward-turned spirit: "imagines that the God Whom her understanding has forgotten is to be found in bodily and sensible things, giving to things seen the name of God, and glorifying only those things which she desires....(and this is self-idolization)....evil is the cause which brings idolatry in its train; for men, having learned to contrive evil, which is no reality in itself, in like manner feigned for themselves as gods beings that had no real existence....man had plunged into the deep, and no longer saw the light, nor what appears by light, because his eyes (spirit) had turned downwards....and perceiving only things in the deep, thinks that nothing exists beside them....having lost their reason (they) plunged into the lusts and imaginations of carnal things...their reasoning being dull, or rather following unreason...(glorified) the creature (nature) rather than the Creator Romans 1:25, and deifying the works rather than the Master, God, their Cause and Artificer." (Against the Heathen, Athanasius, New Advent)
The conscience of the materialized soul is depraved, hence its' reason is depraved and its' view of reality strangely inverted and paradoxical. This is sophistry:
"Sophistry says autonomous man is a free-thinker, thus the maker of his own truth and morality even though sophistry denies the reality of both truth and morality." (Calling Evil By Its' Name)
Sophistry is the language, inverted morality (moral relativism), and politics of Nihilists (materialized souls), and has been elevated to the position of truth throughout the West. But there is no truth and no meaning in sophistry anymore than there is in the things of the imagination elevated by sophists to the position of ultimate authority, for example to the supreme position of science, such as Darwinism.
Darwinism is nihilism precisely because it validates itself on the idea of spontaneous generation. Spontaneous generation replaces God the Father as Creator of all things. It claims however, that "something (universe, life) came from nothing." This is nihilism---nothingness. Yet Nihilists worship Darwinian-nothingness because of its claim that all things, including man, created themselves without God---from nothing. In short, they worship nothingness....the void.
The West is dominated by nihilism, sophistry and moral relativism. And societies dominated by moral relativism foster "the spread of Satanism," said Carlo Climati, the press director of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. Satanism â€œdestroys those universal values that are written in the hearts of each human being." It creates "a society that is turned on its head, in which good becomes evil and evil becomes good."
(Moral Relativism Paves Way for Satanism, Says Expert, Catholic News Agency, http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/moral-relativism-paves-way-for-satanism-says-expert/)
Demonstrating the truth of Athanasius' diagnosis, a Nihilist "who can only perceive things from the deep" recently emailed me, and with great scorn said:
"...we are ALL soulless bodies, did you ever see a soul, do you have a receipt for yours?....if you have one it obviously didn't make you a better person---or a smarter one."
This poor deluded creature believes he has no soul because his is materialized and his spirit turned inward. It should come as no surprise therefore to learn that he is a nihilist, a sophist, and a moral relativist.
Like a braying jackass, the sophist-babbler Richard Dawkins loudly confesses his madness almost every time he opens his mouth. Demonstrating that sophists are without truth, integrity, and obviously without shame, Dawkins proclaims:
â€œEvolution is a fact...Beyond reasonable doubt, beyond serious doubt, beyond sane, informed, intelligent doubt, beyond doubt evolution is a fact."
Confessing his insanity he goes on to declare his distant relationship to turnips and bananas:
â€œIt is a plain truth that we are cousins of chimpanzees, somewhat more distant cousins of monkeys, more distant cousins still of aardvarks and manatees, yet more distant cousins of bananas and turnips...continue the list as long as desired."
(The Only Game in Town? Richard Dawkins and the Limits of Reason, Albert Mohler, http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/04/06/the-only-game-in-town-richard-dawkins-and-the-limits-of-reason/)
Nihilism began with the death of God. The pneumopathological (spiritually diseased) nature of the revolt finds expression in the following passage written by Karl Marx:
"A being regards itself as independent only when it stands on its own feet; and it stands on its feet only when it owes its existence to itself alone. A man who lives by the grace of another considers himself a dependent being. But if I live by the grace of another...(then) I owe him not only the maintenance of my life but also its creation; if he is the source of my life; and my life necessarily has such a cause outside itself if it is not my own creation." (Science, Politics & Gnosticism, Eric Voegelin, p. 26)
Man is free to reject God the Father. But in willfully rejecting Him, man is not free of the consequences of his rebellion. For with rejection the soul turns inward and spirit plunges into madness. In other words, cut off from its transcendent origin of being (God the Father) the soul becomes materialized and the spirit (mind) falls into delusion, depravity, and sophistry, for:
"Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts..." Romans 1:24
Thus Dawkins declares his kinship with turnips, apes, and bananas while yet another nihilist says he has no soul.
Eric Voegelin writes:
"....man cannot become God. If he tries, in the process of self-idolization he will become a demon willfully shutting himself off from God." (p. 47)
But Nihilists persist in their revolt, and unknown to themselves they have become demonized madmen. And with nihilists in control of the levers of power throughout the West, it comes as no surprise that the West is being driven over the Gaderene Cliffs.
It is only in the light of the spreading rebellion against God the Father Almighty and the subsequent demonization of the rebels that we can make sense of the deepening spiritual, cultural, economic, and political crisis of our times.....Linda