Anthropologist Henry Fairfield Osborn, longtime director of the American Museum of Natural History reveals that his search for the roots of 'modern' evolutionary theory, and Darwinism in particular, led him back to ancient Greece. Darwin is not the originator of modern evolutionary conceptions, but rather ancient pagans are. In the introduction to his history of evolutionism Osborn wrote: "When I began the search for anticipations of the evolutionary theory....I was led back to the Greek natural philosophers and I was astonished to find how many of the pronounced and basic features of the Darwinian theory were anticipated even as far back as the seventh century B.C." (Osborn, From the Greeks to Darwin, p. xi)
Osborn's findings are important for the reason that, wittingly or unwittingly, they point to the connection between the evolutionist conception of things and the idea of reincarnation.
Reincarnation is a belief that was held by ancient Egyptians and pagan sages such as Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates. It is also a common belief of pagan religions such as Druidism, Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found in many tribal societies around the world. Reincarnation is also a central tenet of Eastern religions.
Charles Darwin received the idea of evolution from his grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin who was a neo-pagan known to attend sÃ©ances. As master of the famous Masonic Canongate lodge in Edinburgh he had close ties with both the Jacobin Masons, the organizers of the bloody revolution in France, and with the infamous Luciferian Illuminati, whose diabolical cause was overthrow of the Church and destruction of Christendom. Thus Erasmus Darwin was an important name in European Masonic anti-religious organizations engaged in revolutionary activism. Erasmus Darwin mentored his grandson Charles:
"Dr. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was the first man in England to suggest those ideas which were later to be embodied in the Darwinian theory by his grandson, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) who wrote in 1859 Origin of Species." (Scarlet and the Beast, Vol. II, John Daniel, p. 34)
The connections between modern Darwinism, ancient Greek nature philosophers, and Eastern religious systems are naturalism (paganism), reincarnation, mediumism (spiritism) and determinism or karma.
Father Richard John Neuhaus was neither deceived by Darwinism nor by the claims of evolutionists. With penetrating insight Neuhaus connects contemporary evolutionary conceptions to their ancient spiritual foundations in astrology. In his book, â€œAmerican Babylon,â€ he writes that for most of human history men have lived under the tyranny of various naturalistic determinisms. Men believed that events in the real world were controlled by cosmic forces of nature that St. Paul describes as â€œthe elemental spirits of the universe.â€ In our own time, astrological elemental spirits are recast as "evolutionary dynamics, life forces, or laws of nature." Though not called spirits, these elemental â€œforcesâ€ are,
â€œâ€¦just as impersonal as the stars. They work their inexorable ways in cold indifference to reason, to will, to love, and to hope. In short, it is suggested that the elemental spirits are in charge and that human freedom is a delusionâ€¦â€ (p. 226)
Another intellectual who was not fooled by evolutionary thinking was the traditionalist metaphysician Rene Guenon (1886-1951). Guenon was one of the great luminaries of the twentieth century and was highly respected by orthodox theologians and traditionalists such as Philip Sherrard, a theologian and interpreter of the Orthodox tradition. In his book, "The Spiritist Fallacy," Guenon thoroughly critiques Enlightenment and/or modernist thought. With regard to Darwinism and modern evolutionary thinking in general, Guenon observes that reincarnation is closely linked to a progressivist or evolutionist conception of things. Originally the word 'progress' was used but then evolution became preferred because it has a more scientific allure. As for the word 'evolution,'
"...it must be acknowledged that what it designates is really in harmony with the various spiritist theories. Over the past century or so, evolution has taken many forms, but these are just so many variations of the idea of 'progress' which began to spread in the Western world in the course of the second half of the eighteenth century. It is one of the most characteristic manifestations of the specifically modern mentality---which is definitely that of the spiritists..." (pp. 231-232)
Guenon's critique agrees with the conclusions of English theologian G.H. Pember (1836 -1910). In his classic work, "Earth's Earliest Ages" Pember exhaustively examines the role of demonic forces in the first destruction of earth under God's judgement and compares them to the rise of spiritism, astrology, Theosophy, Buddhist thought and evolutionary thinking in the heart of Christendom during his own time.
Pember writes that the men of the nineteenth century have turned back to ancient pagan lore. Every characteristic of antiquity is reappearing. Open intercourse with demons (spiritism) is being renewed on a vast scale in the very heart of Christendom, even among Sadducean Protestants. Magical practices are being carried on, the Mysteries being restored, mesmerism (hypnotism) becoming popular, and astrology making a comeback:
"And, impossible as it would have seemed a few short years ago, all of these 'superstitions' are floating back to us upon the tide of 'modern thought....in accordance with the spirit of the age (they) present themselves as the fruit of science, as an evidence of the progress of knowledge in regard to the laws of the visible and invisible worlds." (Pember, p. 243)
In 1907, three years before Pember's death, Pope Pius X dubbed Modernism â€œthe synthesis of all heresiesâ€ in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici gregis. The heresy of Modernism was inspired by tendencies prevalent in liberal Protestantism and secular 'nature' philosophy:
â€œIt was influenced by nineteenth-century studies by Kant and Hegel, by liberal Protestant theologians and biblical critics (such as Schleiermacher and von Harnack), by the evolutionary theories of Darwin, and by certain liberal political movements in Europe. The centers of Modernism were in France, England, Italy, and Germany. Two of its leading figures were Fr. Alfred Loisy, a French theologian and Scripture scholar, and Fr. George Tyrrell, an Irish-born Protestant who became a Catholic and a Jesuit, though he was dismissed from the Jesuits in 1906.â€
(Modernism, James Akin, http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/MODERSM.TXT )
Guenon goes beyond defining 'modernism as heresy' and defines it as unconscious satanism. In agreement with Pember, Guenon connects modern evolutionary thinking to spiritism.
Spiritism consists essentially in believing in communication with disincarnated humans said Guenon. The pagans had a similar belief. To them, daemons were disembodied humans who had lived like gods during the time of Atlantis and during the time of Plato served as intermediaries or messengers between the deities and men, especially Mystery Religion initiates.
So the revelators of modern evolutionary thinking are demonic spirits, according to Pember and Guenon. Guenon observes that spiritists are unconscious satanists because they are woefully mistaken as to the nature of the entity whom they address. Furthermore, enlightened modernists are also unconscious satanists in that the same demonic spirit animates their thinking and attitudes.
Satanism, whether conscious or unconscious is always characterized by a reversal of the normal order, said Guenon. In this sense, every theory that disfigures and limits the true God is in some measure satanic and conceptions that place all reality within the space-time universe in process of becoming or of a God who evolves must be placed in the front rank. As examples of this Guenon points to the Liberal Church and Mormonism.
In our own time, so complete has the reversal of order been that through evolutionary theism and Evolutionary Christianity the order of creation has been inverted and the direction of Biblical theism reversed. With the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo virtually replaced by evolution, it is now believed that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving upward from their ape beginnings toward greater and greater spiritual perfection. Self-perfecting man no longer needs the living, supernatural God as the idea of "conscious evolution" means he can save himself, and perhaps even attain god-hood. (Theistic Evolutionism: How it Compromises and Destroys God's Revelation http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=16559 )
Frank Baumer concurs and observes that evolution has,
"....persuaded people to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." The sweeping acceptance of evolutionary thinking means that it is "now difficult if not impossible for an educated man to conceive of a primitive revelation such as traditional Christianity taught..." This difficulty arises because "in an evolving world, perfection obviously lay, not in the past, but in the future." (Religion and Rise of Skepticism, p. 147)
Today some evolutionists now claim that a powerful mechanism for biological change more powerful than chance mutation is presently available to man from aliens who will solve mankind's problems and conduct man to a new "cosmic" age. Aliens are busily transforming the consciousness of abductees and other Westerners and through them teaching evolution, naturalism and occult New Age philosophy as well as warning of a coming planetary apocalypse and denying the living God, the supernatural dimension and Christian theism.
All of this has led French physicist and UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Vallee to conclude that something is happening to human consciousness that is causing a major shift in man's belief systems and his relationship to the concept of the invisible. Vallee believes that the same "powerful force' that influenced the human race in the past is influencing it again:
".....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 extraterrestrial life." (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 109)
Vallee 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, and that this control has been in force throughout history...." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 158)
In occult terminology, transformation of consciousness is egregore, a concept representing a "thought form" (evolutionary thinking) or "collective group mind," resulting from a psychic entity influencing the thoughts of a group of people. However, egregore derives from the Greek word for "watchers," leading the French occult magician Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) to identify egregore with the fallen angel 'fathers' of the nephilim.
In Christian language, transformation of consciousness means "demonic outpouring.' Vallee's "powerful force" is a continuation of the demonic outpouring that began in the heart of Christendom and is the central focus of Pember's book.
And just how strange is it that in the midst of this outpouring, all who pride themselves on being intellectually enlightened and wholly modern will not speak of the devil without a smile of disdain or a contemptuous shrug of the shoulders? Even those who call themselves Christian but have conformed to evolutionary thinking evince this superior attitude and look with smug disdain upon the "backward" fundamentalists who admit the existence of the devil and refuse to conform to evolutionary thinking.