America's Spiritual Crisis: The Heretical Worship of Nothingness

"...each person is an individual soul embedded in matter (our bodies). The citadel of our soul is mind. Using the analogy of neuroscientist Sir John Eccles, mind (spirit) utilizes the brain, which he compares to a computer. Eccles utterly rejected scientific materialism and its’ reductionism of man to machine: “…materialist solutions fail to account for our experienced uniqueness (thus) we are constrained to attribute the uniqueness of the psyche or soul to a supernatural spiritual creation.” (The Spiritual Brain, Beauregard & O’Leary, p. 107)

In short, though our bodies are matter and subject to time, decay, and the laws of nature such as gravity, our minds are spiritual, and when our souls are vertically open to the heavenly realm, that is to God the Father, our minds transcend matter…the natural realm (this world). (Spiritual Enslavement: How Does It Happen? )

As CS Lewis liked to say, we are souls. We have bodies. And our mind (spirit) transcends this world, the material realm. In a nutshell, this is the mind/body dualism unique to Christian theism. And of all the spiritual foundations on which this nation is grounded, the mind/body dualism unique to Christian theism is of supreme importance, for on its basis, and its basis only, arise our individual rights, freedoms and self-government. But if evolutionary scientistic materialism is true, then we have no souls, there is no "you" as materialist sorcerers like Daniel D. Dennett proclaim. And on that basis, our Constitutional liberties disappear right along with our individual souls/minds.

Paul observed that there are only two basis on which every religion throughout time and around the world have been grounded. Either we will worship and serve the transcendent living, personal Triune God, the Creator of creation (nature) or we will worship and serve creation, these two are the only basis, said Paul.

This being the case, as soon as we turn away from the living, transcendent Triune Creator, we wittingly or unwittingly turn back to the only remaining option...mindless nature. By any name, Buddhism, Hinduism, Gnosticism, scientistic materialism, Marxist Communism, evolutionism, Hermeticism, Theosophy, New Age, wicca, and Liberal Christianity for example, are philosophies, doctrines, and religious variations grounded on the belief that nature is all there is.

The America of the founding generation is fast disappearing for the reason that increasing numbers of Americans are, in the words of a respondant to my recent essay, Rev. 18:3: Evolution....Primordial Heresy as Royal Science of Becoming God," heretics. Having rejected America’s founding faith all heretics have either wittingly or unwittingly turned back to nature... with its talk of "sound evolutionary science," progress, enlightenment, collective consciousness, solidarity, army of one, ‘it takes a village,’ sustainability, green environmentalism, secularism, and egalitarianism (sameness).

In this light we can see that America’s crisis is spiritual for the reason that America’s increasing numbers of heretics-atheists cannot, therefore will not, support what they can longer believe in, for the soul that is for the most part closed to God the Father, is in the words of early Church Father Athansius, materialized…..dark, disordered, and focused on self, what self wants, how self feels, what self covets, and so on. Thus the minds of atheists-heretics, having been taken captive by modernist ideologies, are now immobilized by nihilistic despair, insidious apathy, and the undisciplined skepticism destructive of ordered reasoning---the rotten fruit of unbelief. In the words of Andre Comte-Sponville, one of France’s preeminent contemporary atheist philosophers in his recent best-seller “The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality”:

“What can people hope for who have never believed in God or who have ceased believing in him? Nothing-—nothing beyond the ‘darkest reaches of death,’...which means that all our hopes for this up against the ultimate nothingness: it engulfs all, joy and misery alike....It condemns us to seeing life as tragic-—or if we seek oblivion, as entertainment.”

As Sponville grapples with his despair, and tries unsuccessfully to find a remedy for it, he unwittingly and frequently confesses his unrelenting fears....the unceasing fiery darts assailing his mind. The horrifying sense that “nothingness” waits just below his feet is particularly frightening for him. But then it would be, for Sponville both worships and fears the spirit of nothingness that has liberated him from the transcendent God.

Sponville’s book is popular with the atheist/heretics crowd, the individuals referred to by NY University professor Thomas Nagel, who after speaking of his own cosmic authority problem goes on to say:

"My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind." (The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, Peter Hitchens, p. 150)

In other words, wicked mega-narcissistic evolutionists are "explaining away" our immortal souls because they hate God the Father.

Peter Hitchens explains why heretics/atheists feel free to commit such evil:

"(They have the ) good fortune to live in a society still governed by religious belief" if even only its' "afterglow," thus they "may feel free from absolute moral bonds while those around them are not. This is a tremendous liberation for anyone who is even slightly selfish. And what clever person is not imaginatively and cunningly selfish? (p. 148)

But this freedom from God the Father and from moral absolutes has a steep price. As Sponville made clear, niggling fears and doubts, like fiery darts, assail their minds day and night.

For instance, if atheists and heretics are scientific and forward-thinking, why is it that they so frequently come off as double-thinking irrational sophists while authentic Christians actually engage in rational discourse? Nagel baldly confesses:

"I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers." (ibid, p. 150)

Fiery darts force them to wonder why if enlightened progress and naturalistic science is liberty from God the Father, then why is it leading them into physical and spiritual ruination and slavery? Why are they beset by nameless fears, especially that most horrifying fear of falling into nothingness? And if authentic Christians are so backward and unscientific, why is it that they are not immobilized by apathy, despair and skepticism but those beset by a cosmic authority problem are? Why are they, who "enlightened, liberated" atheists and heretics hold in contempt, the only ones willing to fight, while we, the brotherhood of the liberated, are helpless to do anything about it, forcing us to rely on those we hold in contempt?

And finally, why is it that we who have left the sheep-pen, as the heretic boasted, see only nothingness beyond the ‘darkest reaches of death,’? Why do we see only the nothingness that "engulfs all, joy and misery alike (and) condemns us to seeing life as tragic-—or if we seek oblivion, as entertainment?”