G.K. Chesterton was a man so fundamentally sane that he is almost out of place in our own age of Orwellian politically-correct insanity. The disasterous confusions and outright insanity wrought by the overshadowing of the Christian West by scientistic naturalism (materialism) were a favorite object of his satire. Cutting powerfully to the crux of the scientism debate, Chesterton noted that: "the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools....is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church."
Evolutionary materialism is not sane, said Chesterton, for it is not common sense to reduce man to a thing of nature. Elsewhere Chesterton perceptively connects contemporary materialism to Gnostic Manicheanism:
"Christianity...in its early years fought the Manicheans because they did not believe in anything but spirit, has now to fight the Manicheans because they do not believe in anything but matter." (The Restitution of Man: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism, Michael D. Aeschliman,pp. 39-41)
As noted by Chesterton, the early Gnostic Manicheans were neo-Platonists. Neo-Platonism emerged when eastern idealist pantheism (everything is god) swept into the West from the Orient and intermixed with the polytheist-pantheism of ancient Greece. But whereas Gnostic neo-Platonism claimed that the material realm was an emergent illusion or epiphenomenon of the spirit realm, contempory Gnostic materialists claim the exact opposite, that spirit, soul, and mind are emergent illusions caused by chemical interactions in the material brain. In short, Gnostic neo-Platonism reduces the material to spirit while Gnostic materialism reduces the spiritual realm to matter.
Dressed up as secular evolutionary scientism, Gnostic materialism claims that God the Father, man's immortal soul and its citadel mind, spirits, demons, heaven and hell do not exist for the reason that they cannot be be empirically detected, or sensed. For this reason Gnostic materialists such as Daniel D. Dennett definitively declare that there really is no you, that soul, spirit and free will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while Tom Wolfe dogmatically states, "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)
However, the supernatural realm has a "bad" habit of intruding into the material realm, causing unimaginable consternation, fear, and embarrassment to materialists. One such incident involved Dr. Maurice Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. During the course of his career, Rawlings has resuscitated people who have been declared clinically dead.
A devout atheist materialist Rawlings steadfastly believed that man is soulless, that God, heaven, hell, and demons do not exist, that death is merely extinction, and that all religions are superstitious nonsense. But something "supernaturally" extraordinary happened in 1977 that completely changed him. During the resuscitation of a patient, Rawlings reveals that every time the patient regained heartbeat and respiration he shrieked, â€œI am in Hell!â€ Rawlings reports:
â€œHe was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to deathâ€¦.Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and tremblingâ€”he looked as if his hair was standing â€œon end!â€ Then still another strange thing happened. He said, â€œDonâ€™t you understand? I am in hellâ€¦Donâ€™t let me go back to hell!â€â€¦.the man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before.â€ (Rawlings, â€œBeyond Deathâ€™s Door,â€ p. 3)
Rawlings consternation and fright is understandable in light of his dogmatic materialist beliefs. However, with the man's material body right there on the ER table, there very obviously had to be an "unseen part" of the patient that was at that moment in an unseen dimension called hell. Thoroughly convinced that this "unseen part" of his patient was indeed in an unseen dimension called hell, Rawlings concluded that no one who could hear his patient's screams and see the look of sheer terror on his face could doubt for a single moment that he was in an actual place called hell.
Like Rawlings prior to his supernaturally-induced â€œrude awakening,â€ increasing numbers of contemporary Westerners, including many who call themselves Christians, sneer at the very notion of an afterlife, immortal souls, hell, demons, and demonic possession. This is due to the fact that contemporary Westerners are obsessed by Gnostic Materialist Manicheanism in its' scientistic garb. For these people, Gnostic scientism provides the authoritative answers to the ultimate questions such as where did everything come from? What is man? Why does evil exist? And what happens after death?
Any belief system that answers the ultimate questions is by definition a religion:
"Evolution is sometimes the key mythological element in a philosophy that functions as a virtual religion." (E. Harrison, "Origin and Evolution of the Universe", Encyclopaedia Britannica Macropaedia (1974) p1007)
Additionally, Darwinism is a devilish Gnostic myth dressed up as science. It exists for one purpose, to annihilate the supernatural Creator and His created order of being:
"The irony is devastating. The main purpose of Darwinism was to drive every last trace of an incredible God from biology. But the theory replaces God with an even more incredible deity---omnipotent chance. " (T. Rosazak, "Unfinished Animal," 1975, p. 101-102)
The intrusion of the supernatural into the material realm and the failure of scientistic materialism to account for mind, free will, and consciousness in reductionistic terms of neural activity has been leading to a steady loss of faith in its' so-called scientific claims. Many well-respected detractors of Darwinian materialism, within and without the scientific community, have arisen who now posit the existence of the very â€œunseenâ€ and/or immaterial entities declared nonexistant by Gnostic materialists.
On the subject of mind and soul, neurologist and Nobel Prize winner Sir John Eccles emphatically declared:
â€œI maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neural activity. This belief must be classed as a superstitionâ€¦We are spiritual beings with souls in a spiritual world, as well as material beings with bodies and brains in a material world.â€ (Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the Self, p. 24)
Anthropological researcher Felicitas Goodman goes further:
â€œIn summaryâ€¦we need to understand a number of different concepts in order to comprehend the worldwide phenomenon of possession and exorcism. On the psychological level, we have come to know the notion underlying all possession, namely, that the body is a shell, inhabited by a soul, and that this shell may on occasion be surrendered to an intrusive alien entity.â€ (How About Demons? Possession and Exorcism in the Modern World, Felicitas Goodman, Indiana Press, 1988)
Psychiatrists, psychologists and others from the medical counseling field who at one time sneered at the existence of man's soul and of demons are having serious second thoughts:
â€œDr. Jean Lhenmitte, the French neurologist, has had a large number of cases of possession pass through his handsâ€¦(the possessing spirit) enters via an area which lies between mind and soulâ€¦â€ (Demonic Possession: A Medical, Historical, Anthropological, and Theological Symposium, John Warwick Montgomery, 1976)
Secular UFO researchers now posit the existence of psychic phenomenon, parallel yet unseen dimensions, and demonic possession. Jacques Vallee, one of the most famous UFO researchers of all time, 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, that this control has been in force throughout history and that it is of secondary importance that it should now assume the form of sightings of space visitors."
He goes on to add:
"...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 extraterrestrials." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 158)
In other words, contemporary Westerners are being prepared to not only accept the return of fallen Angels but to submit to them as foretold by Spirit Master Djwhal Khul back in the 1940s. Speaking through his human-mouthpiece, Alice Bailey, Khul said that the spiritual hierarchy would:
â€œbring to an end the long silence which has persisted since Atlantean days,â€ and â€œrenew an ancient sharing of secrets.â€ Thus â€œin the immediate future,â€ the spirit â€œMasters will walk openly among menâ€¦openly guiding and directing the affairs of humanity.â€ (Progressive Satanic Revolt: From Nothingness to Worship of Satan, http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/kimball/110503 )
How did the Christian West come to this? The West's fall began during the Renaissance, a time earmarked by avid interest in and study of spiritual sciences such as Heremeticism and alchemy in conjunction with spiritism, and outright contact with demons. This initial loosening from the supernatural Creator eventually led Immanuel Kant to deny the existence of man's immortal soul in the name of scientific naturalism:
â€œThe advent of modern science in about the seventeenth centuryâ€ led to the negation of man's immortal soul, thereby disrupting â€œthe bio-psycho-spiritual unity of human consciousness that had existed until then.â€ (Authenticating the Activities of Jesus, Bruce Chilton and Craig A. Evans, 1999)
In agreement, the physician-anthropologist Arthur Kleinman observes that:
â€˜Only the modern, secular West seems to have blocked individualâ€™s access to these otherwise pan-human dimensions of the self.â€
Cut off from the supernatural God, their own souls, and knowledge of the spiritual realm all about them, the majority of contemporary Westerners are spiritually blind to the unseen malevolent forces...forces with minds and wills of their own....swirling about them.
Gnostic materialism is finally dying. Not only is there no reductionistic natural process within Darwinian evolution to explain the â€œemergenceâ€ of discarnate spirits by genetic variation from mankind (or from slime mold, bugs, plants and rocks for that matter) and their survival by â€œnatural selection,â€ but as Sir John Eccles observed, naturalistic reductionism cannot account for the â€œspiritual world in terms of patterns of neural activity.â€
With the return of man's soul and its' citadel mind, along with demons, possession, and hell, the alleged explanatory power of scientific naturalism is going the way of dinosaurs. NASA's Robert Jastrow appears to have forseen this eventuality. William Lane Craig describes Jastrowsâ€™ musings:
â€œThe book of Genesis declares, â€˜In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.â€™ For thousands of years, muses Robert Jastrow, people who have believed this statement have known the truth which scientists have discovered only within the last fifty years. For the rationalistic scientist (and, we may add, philosopher), the story ends, smiles Jastrow, like a bad dream:
â€œHe has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to scale the highest peak as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.â€ (http://christianthinktank.com/hmosoul.html)