There existed in 18th century Christendom a widespread desire for liberation from the supernatural Triune God, Original Sin, Universal Moral Law, free will, sexual ethics and the institution of marriage. Toward this goal, rebels openly advocated total integration of man into mindless nature, or matter. Escape would be achieved by immersion of 'self' (mind, free will, soul) into the "forces and rhythms of nature." Lester Crocker summarizes the Enlightenment swindle: " What was desired above all was, 'total integration of man in nature, with refusal of any transcendence, even though it was admitted that his more complex physical organization gave him certain special abilities and ways of thinking. The important thing, as La Mettrie, d'Holbach, and others made clear, is that he is submitted to the same laws; everything is response to need â€” mechanically, some added, like a tree or a machine. Man merely carries out natural forces â€” without any freedom whatsoever â€” in all he does, whether he loves or hates, helps or hurts, gives life or takes it." (Monsters from the Id, E. Michael Jones, p. 5, 7)
Two-dimensional supernatural Christianity was to be replaced by one-dimensional neo-pagan evolutionary scientism. Evolutionary scientific materialism would be the 'new' religion of science.
By the 19th century, many conspirators had arisen to the cause. One of these was the German materialist Karl Vogt. Vogt openly lectured across 19th century Europe on Darwin and neo-pagan scientific materialism by which he propounded an anti-human and atheistic philosophy. One of his most famous sayings was:
"Thoughts come out of the brain as gall from the liver, or urine from the kidneys." (The Restitution of Man: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism, Michael D. Aeschliman, p. 33)
One of the chief popularizers of Darwinism in England was Huxley, who was as honest as he was brazenly contradictory with his crack-pot theory of epiphenomenalism. With the ultimate goal of nihilizing 'self,' Huxley argued that consciousness, therefore thought and volition, are both nothing more than and determined by brain chemistry and other mechanical mechanisms. Man is a soulless, mindless machine or highly evolved ape that carries out natural forces "without any freedom whatsoever â€” in all he does, whether he loves or hates, helps or hurts, gives life or takes it."
In Disraeli's novel 'Lothair' he identifies the dehumanizing elements of what he calls the new 'religion of science:'
"Instead of Adam, our ancestry is traced to the most grotesque of creatures; thought is phosphorous, the soul complex nerves, and our moral sense a secretion of sugar." (Aeschliman, p. 33)
Considered by many to be one of the deepest thinkers who ever existed, G.K. Chesterton cut right to the very core of the new religion of science when he said, "it is not common sense to call man a common object of the country or seashore." It is not coherent to see him as an animal:
"It is not sane. It sins against the light; against the broad proportion which is the principle of all reality." (ibid, p39)
In other words, neo-pagan evolutionary materialism destroys the vision of man as imageo Dei by dehumanizing him, reducing him to a creature driven and primarily determined by laws of matter and energy, and this was for Chesterton utterly insane:
"Something in the evil spirit of our times forces people always to pretend to have found some material and mechanical explanation for their own actions and those of other people, when they really know that these are usually the result of 'the non-mechanical parts of man, the sacred quality in creation and choice." Evolutionary thinking in conjunction with scientific materialism allow the "stupidest or wickedest action...to become reasonable or respectable, not by having found a reason in scientific fact, but merely by having found any sort of excuse in scientific language." (ibid, pp. 42-43)
The demoralization of reason and science in conjunction with the denial of man as God's spiritual image-bearer made possible by the imaginary immersion of man into matter and energy that began in the 18th century proceeds apace in our own time. The disintegrating effects of intellectual and moral chaos can be seen everywhere, from amoral individuals at every level of society, the god-men who spontaneously invent and reinvent 'truth' 'morality' and their own maleness or femaleness to suit appetites, desires, and demands to our out-of-control, corrupt and perverse society.
Wittingly or unwittingly, Americans are participating in a vast, interlocking matrix of lies. The evil spirit of our time has forced America through the Looking Glass just as Orthodox Christian Russia was after being seized by scientific materialists, that is, Communists. Alexander Solzhenitsyn lived through that earthly Hell and after many long years of unbelievably brutal psychological and physical suffering he emerged one of the 20th century's most powerful Christian prophets. In a message of immense importance he warns us against surrendering to corruption:
"If we surrender to corruption, we do not deserve to be called human. But let us note that the absolutely essential task is not political liberation, but the liberation of our souls from participation in the lie forced upon us...this requires no physical, or revolutionary...measures. No. It requires from each individual a moral step within his or her power....No one who voluntarily runs with hounds of falsehood will ever be able to justify himself to the living..."
In other words, since what is wrong with America is spiritual, temporal solutions such as job growth and lower taxes cannot and will not stop the implosion of America. The spiritual solution posited by Solzhenitsyn requires that we "come out of our corrupted culture," that we be not participants in its' lies and degradation and that we turn back to our heavenly Father and seek the cleansing of our conscience through confession and repentance. Only in this way can our souls be liberated from the matrix of lies we are participating in.