In his two books, "The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age" and "The Occult Establishment," historian James Webb chronicles the rise of an occult intelligentsia as it emerged out of the Renaissance. Webb sees the Renaissance as a spiritually traumatic time in which the spiritual roots of many people were shaken free of Christianity and like a dog returning to its' own vomit, those shaken loose eagerly embraced the ancient traditions discarded by Christian theism that were sweeping into Christendom at that time. His book, "The Occult Underground" was originally called "The Flight from Reason" because whereas Christian theism is emminently rational, large numbers of influential Westerners at the top of society had turned back to the irrationality of occultism â€” the science of magic.
Webb's main point is that since the Renaissance, a powerfully influential occult community existing at the highest levels of society has been both the intelligentsia and the real powers behind what has been variously called the Progressive Underground, the Anti-Establishment, Anti-Tradition, and the Counter Culture, the aim of which is twofold: first, the total destruction of the Old Order based on Christianity, and second, the creation of a man-made New World Order which is to rise out of the smoldering ashes of the Old Order.
C.S. Lewis is in agreement with Webb's findings. In â€œThe Abolition of Manâ€ (1974) Lewis points out that the Renaissance reawakened a magical view of the world closely connected with pagan Gnostic sectarianism, Hermetic magic, spiritism (contact with spirits), astrology, Eastern pantheism and alchemical scientism. Accompanying all of this was evolution, occultism, reincarnation and karma.
Evolution is both the antithesis of creation ex nihilo and the primary doctrine of both Eastern pantheism and Western scientific materialism (Darwinism), and so early on Lewis understood that both movements were merely two sides of the same pagan revival. Thus he argued that pantheism and materialism are not enemies in principle but rather cooperating philosophies united against the living God Who resides outside of time, His Revelation, creation ex nihilo, His eternally unchanging Truth and Moral Law, the linear view of history and Christian-based civilization.
The linear view is the West's traditional view. It reflects the conviction that history is what comes between creation ex nihilo and final judgement. In this view, man lives but one life followed by death, resurrection and Judgement unto life eternal in either paradise or hell. History in this sense is a theistic conclusion.
The antithesis, or opposing views, are pre-Christian cyclical evolutionary concepts based in transmigration, reincarnation and the â€˜eternal returnâ€ favored by Nietzsche, the German "death of God" philosopher. In these views man lives many lives, perhaps millions. Another view is what Mary Midgely dubbed the â€œEscalator Mythâ€ to refer to the idea that humanity is riding an evolutionary escalator smoothly, progressively ever upward to some imagined state of perfection. Moreover, this evolutionary escalator will eventually take men, powered by their own idolatrous minds and remarkable abilities and perhaps with cybernetic additions and perhaps becoming immortal â€“ reliably on towards a distant and mysterious Telhardian Omega Point.
"So vast is the scale of this dream that no actual downturn in human affairs has yet really managed to dent it. Wars, famines and political disasters have been treated as mere surface blips. Today, however, things are surely changing. Any detached observer can see that our earthly prospects are becoming ever bleaker and that â€“ whatever other causes for this are involved â€“ human contributions to those prospects have been, and still are, fearfully destructive. The escalator myth has nothing to do with reality." (All too human, Midgely, Friday 19 December 2008, guardian.co.uk)
For all who reject the living God, who refuse to acknowledge that life is a gift from Him, there is only one possible escapeâ€”--into nature itself. Recall the words of Paul in Romans who said there are only two foundations for all religious and philosophical systems around the world and throughout history. Either men will worship and serve He Who created creation (and is the only source and bestower of life) or they will worship and serve creation itself and futilely seek for the origin of life within nature---always seeking, never finding.
All God-hating and anti-Christian theoreticians are consumed by the quest for the origin of life. Where does it come from? Is it a property of matterâ€”chemicals, electricity, blood, or something else which man can discover and finally endow himself with immortality? Or is it a gift from He Who exists outside time?
In pursuit of the answer Karl Marx logically deduced that life is indeed from He Who exists outside of time. But his vastly inflated egotism refused to accept that heâ€”---the one and only, vastly superior Karl Marxâ€”-was dependent upon the living God, so in full knowledge of this, he rebelled and brought destruction upon himself.
The following statement from the evolutionist George Wald writing on The Origin of Life in Scientific American (August, 1954, p. 48) pertains to the futile quest for the origin of life:
â€œTime is in fact the hero of the plot. The time with which we have to deal is of the order of two billion years. What we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless there. Given so much time, the â€˜impossibleâ€™ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait; time itself performs the miracles.â€
Note that 'time' is a mystical movement empowered with the creative powers of the living God. With limitless amounts of "time" the â€˜impossible becomes possible,' meaning that life will spontaneously emerge from dead-matter. In "scientific" terms this magic work is called abiogenesis by the self-deluded.
This is not empirical science but rather the science of magic. And until such time as rebellious egotistical God-haters and anti-Christians finally discover the property of life they'll continue rallying around the rejection of creation ex nihilo---in the name of science and evolution of course:
"...one belief that all true original Darwinians held in common, and that was their rejection of creationism, their rejection of special creation. This was the flag around which they assembled and under which they marched.... The conviction that the diversity of the natural world was the result of natural processes and not the work of God was the idea that brought all the so-called Darwinians together in spite of their disagreements on other of Darwin's theories. (One Long Argument,1991, p. 99, Ernst Mayr (1904â€“2005), Professor of Zoology at Harvard University)
The "conviction that the diversity of the natural world was the result of natural processes and not the work of God" is what Paul defined as worship of nature. In contemporary terms, â€œnature worshipâ€ is deceptively packaged under a variety of philosophies, ideological systems and of course---modern evolutionary science.
Examples of modern idolatry and nature worship include: rationalism, Illumined Free Masonry, scientific materialism, scientific socialism, positivism, the pantheist Hegelian-dialectic, Karl Marx's materialist-dialectic, Theosophy, the immanentist god or christ-consciousness of the Liberal Church, occult spiritual New Age and todayâ€™s spiritualized science. For adherents of these systems, John Lennonâ€™s song â€œImagineâ€ applies in that all that exists is nature, meaning there is no living God and heaven "above" nor hell "below."
Evolutionary conceptions speaking either of the progress of life over time incarnated within countless different kinds of bodies (Darwinism) or conversely, of soul over time incarnated within countless different kinds of bodies (i.e., Eastern pantheist and Telhards conception), are necessary doctrines. Both forms speak of reincarnation, the first in "secular" terms of incarnated life the second in terms of incarnated soul.
With Darwinian materialism, man escapes Divine Judgement because upon death the matter of which he is composed is recycled into the matter of which nature is comprised. Annihilation is another word for this. Either way, there is nothing after death since death is annihilation. With pantheist systems there are cyclical views of time and perhaps millions of reincarnations. Either way, self-deceived Western God-haters and anti-Christians escape the linear view of history, therefore Judgementâ€”-or so they hope. In any case, the linear view must die in order that the self-deceived may comfortably forget the existence of the living God and Judgement.