"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27, KJB For fifteen hundred years, Christendom and then later Protestant America had followed St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in affirming that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent Triune God then it logically follows that each person, as well as being either male or female, is a trinity of being â€” of soul, spirit, and body:
"The essence of the human is not the body, but the soul. It is the soul alone that God made in his own image and the soul that he loves....For the sake of the soul...the Son of God came into the world...." (Incomplete Work on Matthew, Homily 25, Ancient Christian Devotional, Oden and Crosby, p. 153)
In Christian thought, a person is a spirit whose soul--who you are---is the total individuality of the spirit. Without spirit there is no person. A person is uniquely free because he can spiritually transcend matter to access the supernatural dimension outside the time-space universe as Paul affirms:
"Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (2 Cor. 3:17)
Man is God's spiritual image-bearer, and said the brilliant French economist, statesman, and author Frederic Bastiat, this is the gift from God which includes the physical, intellectual and moral life:
"He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. Life, faculties, production â€” in other words, individuality, liberty, property â€” this is man (and) these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place." (How Evil Works, David Kupelian, p. 8)
Vishal Mangalwadi, India's foremost Christian scholar observes that the unique concept of man as God's spiritual image-bearer gave birth to the "belief in the unique dignity of human beings," and this is,
"...the force that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individuals. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights." (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, pp. 12-13)
But throughout the contemporary West and America, God is dead in the hearts of millions of citizens. In his article, "A Godless Party Expels the Creator," Pat Buchanan observes that for the first time in the history of our civilization, there was not a single mention of God the Creator in the Democratic platform even though Thomas Jefferson himself, father of the party, proclaimed God the author of our right to life and liberty. But then millions of contemporary Democrats are themselves,
"offended when God is included, because for them, the God of the Old and New testaments is an impediment to the progressive march of mankind" said Buchanan. So why include in a statement of party beliefs "a reference to God when a huge slice of that party would be deeply offended because such a reference would be the party's formal declaration that their atheist or agnostic beliefs are wrong." (A Godless Party Expels the Creator, Buchanan, Townhall.com, Sep 07, 2012)
The "progressive march of mankind" refers to the belief that secular atheist and agnostic progressives are riding an imaginary evolutionary escalator smoothly, progressively ever upward to some imagined state of perfection. (Why the Broad-Minded Progressive will Vote for Obama, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18503 )
Buchanan adds that when an amendment to restore the name of God was offered to the convention by its chairman, Antonio Villaraigosa,
"the idea of restoring the name of God to the platform was hooted, jeered and booed by half the delegates on the floor, who three times howled, "No!" (ibid)
Ideas really do have consequences. Good ideas such as the ones on which the West and our nation was founded led to good, though not perfect, consequences. Bad ideas, such as those held by secular atheists lead irresistably to bad, even thoroughly evil consequences.
So what are the consequences of secular atheist ideas? As Buchanan made clear, millions of Democrats are godless, and their godlessness together with their belief in continuous evolutionary change not only negates but makes absurd any and all claims of unalienable rights from God and 'belief in the unique dignity of human beings,' as well as unchanging truths, moral absolutes, and enduring principles and standards, and so our founding documents and the Constitution in particular are rendered meaningless. They are of no use anymore and ought to be consigned to the dust bin of history.
The spirit of negation does not stop with annihilation of truth, morality, principles, standards, purpose, and meaning. It moves on to erase man's soul and spirit--his mind, conscience, and moral choice---as well. It does this because according to the secular mythical cosmology, matter is the ultimate reality, hence random chemical processes in our brains cause us to think we are thinking when in fact our thoughts are illusions caused by chemical processes. For this reason, cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, claims there really is no you, that soul, spirit and will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while his partner in nihilism, naturalist Tom Wolfe proclaims,
"Sorry, but your soul just died." (The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, Beauregard and O'Leary, p. 4)
The secular mythical evolutionary cosmology that matter is the ultimate reality but the living God Who exists outside of this world is imaginary, has already admitted that it cannot even account for the origin of life and matter anymore than it can explain why random chemical processes in our brains should be trusted to lead us to truth. In reality it explains nothing, not life, not matter, not mind, and not even science, for the truth is not in it anymore than it is in godless secularists.
And this is why in the end, secular atheism collapses into a declaration that if the living God does not exist, then as Fyodor Dostoevsky ominously warned, there is no such thing as truth, thus everything--no matter how destructive, perverse, repugnant and thoroughly evil--- is allowed.
If the living God and His revelation do not exist, there are neither higher, unchanging truths nor moral law, which means that reality itself does not exist since all value systems are equal, hence nothing has any value. Bereft of unchanging higher truth, science itself is a myth, progress an illusion, and a civilization respectful of human rights is in no way superior to a society based on slavery, genocide, and tyranny.
Secular atheism empties into nihilism, and in no Western thinker has the nihilist doctrine been more clearly expressed than in Nietzsche's ecstatic utterance, "God is dead." The living God is dead in the hearts of millions of modern Westerners, and this is as true of secularists as it is of Satanists who rejoice in His death.
America's legions of the godless are quickly moving from ordered freedom to complete license issuing in negation of authority, rules, duty, responsibility, and higher causes. It will be forbidden to forbid as all that will remain is personal pleasure, power relationships, and above all, what 'self' covets, hates, resents, and desires from moment to moment.