A self-congratulatory broad-minded progressive wrote to say that she will definitely cast her vote for Obama. As she is an enlightened, forward-thinking, scientifically-informed politically correct progressive she prefers to vote for a presidential candidate who takes everyones views and opinions into consideration rather than just their own. When it comes to voting for the person who will represent the United States she wants an enlightened leader whose personal bias does not get in the way of smart decision making. We no longer live in Biblical times she admonished, but rather in a world that has evolved in extreme and amazing ways. When reasoning begins from faulty premises it always results in erroneous, illogical, self-refuting conclusions. Among the many faulty assumptions underlying modern secular progressive liberal thought are subjectivism and an inverted view of history, hence of reality itself.
The Westâ€™s traditional view of history is the linear view. It reflects the conviction that history is what comes between creation ex nihilo and final judgement. In this view, the living God created man and he was good, but then he fell and was sent out of Eden, paradise. He lives but one life followed by death, bodily resurrection and Judgement unto life eternal in either a physical paradise or hell. History in this sense is a theistic conclusion.
The ancients themselves knew that man had fallen from greatness into deterioration. In "Works and Days" (109-126) the Greek poet Hesiod a deteriorationist, identifies five ages of man, the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Heroic Age, and the Iron Age. Each succeeding age was worse than the one that went before. Hesiod maintains that during the Golden Age, before man's fall:
"...the immortals...made a golden race of articulate-speaking men. These lived in the time of Cronos, when he ruled in heaven. Like gods they spent their lives, with hearts void of care, apart and altogether free from toils and trouble. Nor did miserable old age threaten them...And they died as if overcome by sleep. All blessings were theirs." (Earth's Earliest Ages, G.H. Pember, p. 58)
The erroneous view held by our broad-minded progressive is the antithesis, or inverted view. Of this view there are two contemporary primary models. The first is based in pre-Christian cyclical evolutionary concepts based in transmigration, reincarnation and the â€˜eternal returnâ€ favored by Nietzsche, the German â€œdeath of Godâ€ philosopher. In these views man lives and dies thousands and even millions of times. The other view is what modern thinker 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 imaginary evolutionary escalator will eventually take men, powered by their own idolatrous minds, remarkable abilities, technology, drugs, and perhaps by merging man's mind with robo-machines, toward immortality.
â€œSo 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.â€ (All too human, Midgely, Friday 19 December 2008, guardian.co.uk)
The inverted model grew out of the attempts by certain 18th century thinkers to emancipate man, history, and morality from the Biblical God and Christian theism. In his book, "God and the Knowledge of Reality," the emminent scholar and historian Thomas Molnar writes that thinkers such as Vico, Condorcet, Auguste Comte, and Hegel reinvented history, an inversion of its' former self. They,
"...divided history, including the history of philosophy, into "ages," and they concluded that the beginnings are characterized by religious, mystical, or metaphysical speculations but that the end (now) is the mature stage of positive or scientific thinking." (p. 4)
With evolutionary thinking spliced into the strangely inverted 'new' history, we now have an upside-down model that has life miraculously emerging from dead chemicals, then incarnating over millions of years within vast numbers of different kinds of non-life bearing and life-bearing forms until at last it incarnates within primeval man, an apelike cave-dweller who eventually invented god, gods, religions, and other supernatural conceptions. But now at long last, highly evolved broad-minded progressives have arisen and being exceptionally brilliant, ushered in the 'mature stage,' of scientific thinking.
But all of this is an amazing delusion. In reality, from the Renaissance to our own time, a stunning spiritual transformation of consciousness has been shifting Western and American thinking away from the living God Who dwells outside of the time-space universe and from biblical religion and toward a "new" pagan religion of evolution. In his book, "The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Tradition," James Herrick calls it the "New Religious Synthesis" and briefly outlines seven of its components:
1. History, unchanging truth and moral absolutes have no spiritual significance. This is because the idea of continuous evolutionary change makes them absurd.
2. The supremacy of omniscient reason, mystical mind-powers, intuition, and collective consciousness.
3. The spiritualization of science. Since the empirical study of the material universe employs reason to acquire knowledge, and reason is not physical as scientific materialists hold but rather spiritual, say evolutionary pantheists, today it is acknowledged that reason is in fact acquiring spiritual knowledge.
4. Animated nature (animism). The natural dimension is alive with energies, divine spirit, Zoe, god-soul, and consciousness.
5. Gnosis, or esoteric knowledge, the provenance of spiritual elites and extraordinarily gifted individuals, including some scientists.
6. Spiritual evolution. Through control and direction of their own spiritual evolution certain naturally selected humans are destined to realize unimaginable spiritual advances. Spiritual or conscious evolution leap frogs off of Darwin's' biological theory and will supposedly lead to actual human divinity.
7. Religious syncretism rooted in common mystical experiences and telepathic revelations from disembodied intelligences. (Herrick, pp. 33-35)
Syncretism brings us to the second erroneous premise. Whether the "broad-minded" progressive view is defined as tolerance, syncretism, moral relativism, or subjectivism it is a dangerous idea destructive of the mind of man as well as of the foundational glue that holds a civilization together.
Syncretism is the uniting of good and evil, truth and lie, the natural and unnatural, the holy and the unholy. R.J. Rushdoony writes:
"Now syncretism is destructive of the human mind, of rationality...(A) man who wants to unite good and evil...has lost the capacity for clear thinking. His mind is darkened, clouded, fuzzed over, and incompetent....Man, by presuming to be god, has by that act destroyed the possibility of true thinking; from so radically false a premise, no valid conclusion can follow." ("Why Is Rick Warren Waffling?" Lee Duigon, Chalcedon)
At the bottom of progressive liberalism is secular atheism and materialism which leave no room for rational, propositional unchanging truth. This is why secularism is dogmatic about subjectivism and admonishes us to tolerate all opinions, ideas, religions, philosophies, and ideologies.
In November 1944, C.S.Lewis exposed the inverted edifice of secular thinking during a speaking engagement at Oxfordâ€™s Socratic Club. Oxfordâ€™s secularists assumed that Godâ€™s Revelation was but myth and story from man's prehistoric past. But Lewis, who was an expert on ancient myths and stories, shocked them when he explained that it is Christianity that deals with 'true' truth and reality while the secular cosmology and universal evolutionism are myths. Secularismâ€™s pseudo-scientific evolutionary myth and inverted model of history explain nothing for none of it is true.
On the other hand, Christianity shed real light on tough questions. Biblical theology, said Lewis, had explained arts and science, myth, morality and what is wrong with man for centuries. It had guided Europe in matters of meaning, value, and the purpose of life.
Lewis pointed out that the new secular myth that only this material world is real (the mythical cosmology that matter is the ultimate reality) but the living God Who exists outside of this world is imaginary, had already admitted that it could not even account for the origin of life and matter anymore than it could explain why random chemical processes in our brains should be trusted to lead us to truth.
Secular progressivism is like the king with no clothes, its' inverted edifice is a myth which D. M. S. Watson, the Jodrell Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College, London (1921 to 1951) had admitted publicly. Watson confessed that evolution,
â€œ. . . is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or . . . can be proved by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.â€ (revelationmovement)