Today the theory of evolution is uncritically accepted by many Westerners, including large numbers of Christians despite the fact that if evolutionary theory is true then life created itself, without God the Father. Furthermore, there is no evidence that ordinary nonlife-bearing chemicals can evolve into living organisms or that seaweed, dinosaurs, fish, birds, dogs and apes can evolve over time into people. Shape-changing, or one kind changing into another kind is the "scientific" idea known as macroevolution. Uncritical acceptance of Evolutionary Theory allows it to be taught as science to the exclusion of supernatural creation ex nihilo, which because it is religion must therefore be kept out of science classes as well as the public arena.
But what is Evolutionary Theory and exactly what kind of science is it?
The respected traditionalist metaphysician Rene Guenon (1886-1951) reveals the answer in his brilliant critical analysis of Theosophy and Spiritism entitled, "The Spiritist Fallacy."
Guenon writes that in early Theosophist and spiritist (mediums/channelers) circles use of the word 'progress' or 'progressivist' preceded the use of the word 'evolution.' The roots of Theosophy, hence of evolution, stretch back to the ancient Upanishads of India, said Guenon. The roots of evolution are also found in ancient Greece and Babylonia. The oldest evolutionary cosmogony discovered thus far is the Babylonian Enuma Elish.
In its modern version, evolution and/or progress describes the movement and progress (transmigration) of life and/or spirit as it inhabits and/or incarnates in succession the bodies of different beings over the course of thousands or even millions and billions of years.
Eventually the word evolution became preferred, especially by empirical realists, positivists and materialists like Karl Marx because it had a more 'scientific' allure:
"This kind of 'verbalism'...provides the illusion of thought for those incapable of really thinking..." wrote Guenon. (ibid, p. 231)
The early Church Fathers were thoroughly acquainted with 'scientific' evolution and macroevolution as they are called today. Church Father Tertullian wrote:
"Come now, if some philosopher affirms, as Laberius holds, following an opinion of Pythagoras, that a man may have his origin from a mule, a serpent from a woman, and with skill of speech twists every argument to prove his view, will he not gain an acceptance for it [among the pagans], and work in some conviction that on account of this, they should abstain from eating animal food? May anyone have the persuasion that he should abstain, lest, by chance, in his beef he eats some ancestor of his? But if a Christian promises the return of a man from a man, and the very actual Gaius [resurrected] from Gaius . . . they will not . . . grant him a hearing. If there is any ground for the moving to and fro of human souls into different bodies, why may they not return to the very matter they have left . . . ?" (Apology 48, A.D. 197,
Church Father Basil the Great warned his congregation to avoid the superstitious nonsense taught by nature philosophers:
"[A]void the nonsense of those arrogant philosophers who do not blush to liken their soul to that of a dog, who say that they have themselves formerly been women, shrubs, or fish. Have they ever been fish? I do not know, but I do not fear to affirm that in their writings they show less sense than fish" (The Six Daysâ€™ Work 8:2 [A.D. 393]).
In agreement with Guenon, G.H. Pember writes in his classic work â€œEarthâ€™s Earliest Ages,â€ (1876) that spiritism, Theosophy and Buddhism, dressed up as evolutionary philosophy and Modern Science had appeared in Christendom during his lifetime. Having captured the minds of 19th century men said Pember, we are now witnessing a great falling away from the Faith and a return to paganism, otherwise known as naturalism in modern terminology:
â€œâ€¦almost every characteristic of antiquity seems to be reappearing (including) Open intercourse with demonsâ€¦magical practicesâ€¦the ancient Mysteries (and) mesmeric healingsâ€¦star-gazers and planet-rulers have greatly increased (and) the power of astrology (is being re-established). And, impossible as it would have seemed a few years ago, all these â€˜superstitionsâ€™ are floating back to us on the tide of â€˜modern thought.â€™ They come no longer veiled in mystery, nor claiming to be miraculous or Divine; but, in accordance with the spirit of the age, present themselves as the fruit of science, as evidence of the progress of knowledge in regard to the laws of the visible and invisible worlds.â€ (p. 242)
India is the home of all theosophic speculation. Theosophy is the directive idea of Hinduism and the West's New Age spirituality, an aggregate of Theosophy, spiritism, Buddhism and naturalism (non-duality). New Advent, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains the basic principles of theosophy:
"Knowledge of the occult laws in nature and in life, the intuitive method, superhuman powers, hostility to established religion...are present conjunctively or separately through the whole course of (the history of Theosophy). The early Brahmanic writings contain the germs, which have gradually developed into a rich vegetation of ideas and beliefs. These ideas are organized into systems, not however homogeneous or autonomous but mixed with other belief. Then they leave the schools to act upon the masses, either in forming a religion, e.g. Buddhism, or in penetrating popular religions already existing, e.g. Hinduism. Thus the Upanishads teach: that the individual soul is identical with the universal soul, hence the doctrine of advaita, i.e. non-duality; that the individual existence of the soul is a state of suffering, hence the doctrine of samsara, i.e. metempsychosis; that the individual soul is delivered from suffering by its reunion with the universal soul, a reunion realized by seizing the consciousness of identity with it, hence the doctrine of moksa, i.e. salvation. The basic doctrines of the Vedanta and Saukhya systems are monistic Pantheism, intuition as the supreme means to reach truth, metempsychosis, the world of sense is only a very little part of the category of things, the theory and method of salvation strictly intellectual. These systems developed form the Upanishads. The final development is the Yoga."
As evolutionary theory and modern scientific naturalism (non-duality, or pantheism) swept over Christendom and Protestant America they effectively deChristianized, despiritualized and demoralized the West, scouring out a deep void into which New Age spirituality has taken root and produced much rotten fruit, even within the Church: reincarnation, yoga, Zen Buddhism, dream works, spiritism (i.e., channeling), I Ching, Luciferianism, ghost hunting, and much more. As well, increasing numbers of Christians disbelieve in the Holy Spirit, immaculate conception, hell, and the devil but actively embrace evolutionary theory, reincarnation, yoga, goddess worship, and various types of spiritism, such as channeling the (un)holy ghost.
There is nothing new under the sun said Solomon. What once was will be again, meaning that all things believed in and done by men of antiquity (i.e., Babylonia) will be believed in and done again.
The great heresy hunter Church Father Ireneaus taught that heresies must come in every age, for the purpose of separating the wheat from the chaff. And this is the purpose of evolutionary theory, for it claims that life created itself with no need of God the Father.