"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 personal Triune God then it logically follows that each person 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)
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)
Together, belief in the living God Who exists outside the time-space universe, man created in His spiritual image, Moral Law, and Biblical precepts were the "glue" that held America together â€” authoritatively, morally, legally, nationally, culturally, and economically â€” since this nation's founding.
Throughout history, no society â€” especially the most advanced â€” has existed without sustained belief in the true God or gods. And where the people have lost faith in or otherwise willfully rejected their deity, the fate of that society has been decay and death. Knowing this, President Calvin Coolidge tried to call Americans back to their belief in the living God.
As early as 1926, President Coolidge was aware of and deeply concerned by the insidious spread of neo-pagan materialism and evolutionary thinking in America. As he knew, Americans are free only because of the uniquely Biblical foundation laid by the country's founding generation.
In a speech he delivered in Philadelphia, July 5, 1926 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Coolidge tried to call American's back to their Judeo-Christian heritage. He told them that the Declaration's principles of liberty arise because man is created in God's spiritual image and He has therefore endowed all men with inalienable rights, meaning God-given rather than government and/or man given. Beginning from the Genesis account of creation, the spiritual foundations of our unalienable rights are found said Coolidge,
"....in the texts, the sermons, and the writings of the early colonial clergy..." The clergy preached equality "because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man." Sanctity of life, the right to self-defense, and all the rest of our individual liberties were justified "by the text that we are all created in the divine image, all partakers of the divine spirit." God's children therefore, have no "superiors" there are no modern-day "divine rights kings" who possess "any right to rule...over them." Americans are free to choose their own leaders. (Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion, William J. Federer, pp. 265-271)
The Declaration, is "a great spiritual document." Its principles are not material but spiritual. "Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man---these are not elements we can see and touch. They are ideals (whose) source and roots (are) in religious convictions. They belong to the unseen world." (ibid)
"Democracy is Christ's government (and) the ultimate sanction of law rests on the righteous authority of the Almighty....It was in contemplation of these truths that the fathers made their Declaration and adopted their Constitution...They were intent upon religious worship...They were a people who came under the influence of a great spiritual development and acquired a great moral power...The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity...will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it."
Coolidge warned Americans not to sink into the pagan materialism that was even then streaming into and polluting and killing everything it touched. Unless the faith of the American in the religious convictions endures, warned Coolidge,
"..the principles of our Declaration will perish. We can not continue to enjoy the result if we abandon the cause..." (ibid, p. 271)
Coolidge's fears have come to pass as by and large, contemporary Americans have embraced secularismâ€™s â€œscientific cosmologyâ€ and â€œuniversal evolutionism" to such an extent that early last century neopagan materialist Hugh Elliot was emboldened to say,
"An age of science is necessarily an age of materialism... Ours is a scientific age, and it may be said with truth that we are all materialists now." (Darwin Day in America, John G. West, xiv)
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D, Founder and National Spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation reports that on a recent edition of CNN's Newsroom, Bill Nye the materialist science guy expressed his frustration that the United States isnâ€™t doing enough to fight catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming (CAGW).
Drawing what he calls a â€œdisturbingâ€ analogy between skepticism of CAGW and skepticism of evolution, Nye simply defines anyone who questions this view as benighted:
â€œWe have an enormous population of people in the United States who don't believe in evolution, the fundamental idea in all of life science,â€ he said on Newsroom.
Nye boldly articulates the intolerant position of many evolutionists toward all who refuse to accept Darwinism. Like many evolutionists, Nye tries to scapegoat Darwin-skeptics for many problems in society in order to justify taking away people's freedom to teach kids about challenges to evolution.
Nye represents an increasingly prevalent view among evolutionary materialists -- one that hopes to severely restrict freedom of worship, belief, conscience, speech, parental rights, and actions for unbelievers of Darwinian evolution.
Consider for example the recent victory celebrated by evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association (BHA). In the article, "Dawkins gloats over boost to evolutionary dogma in schools" Dominic Statham and Philip Bell report:
"Following the launch of their â€˜Teach Evolution, not Creationismâ€˜campaign in September last year, the UKâ€™s Department of Education has revised the regulations relating to teaching about origins in government funded schools. Those â€˜free schoolsâ€™ that teach creation or intelligent design (ID) in science lessons will, from now on, have their financial support withdrawn."
Materialism belongs to the family of pagan Naturalism, which refers to the view that nature (or matter) is the nonliving Ultimate Substance of which the universe and all life are made. C. S. Lewis describes naturalism as a box with its top sealed tightly closed in order to keep out the living, personal God and His heavenly realm that exists outside the time-space universe.
The ancient Babylonians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Ionians, and Aztecs were for example, naturalists. In this view there is but one realm (the material or natural) as opposed to Judeo-Christianity's Genesis creation model with its two interacting realms: natural and supernatural.
There are two basic kinds of Naturalism: materialism (i.e., Epicurus, Marx's dialectical materialism, Richard Dawkins) and pantheism (i.e., Eastern mysticism, Stoics, Ernst Haeckel, and New Age occult spiritual). The two kinds differ chiefly about whether the First Cause or Absolute Substance is matter pregnant with emergent life and consciousness or an unknowing, unknowable, amoral mind, energy or force. However, both kinds are united by their rejection of the transcendent, personal God and the supernatural realm and by their acceptance of some form of evolution, which serves as an impersonal, mechanical process of development.
Philosophically Darwinism is materialism, as Stephen Jay Gould verifies,
"Darwin applied a consistent philosophy of materialism to his interpretation of nature, "and "the ground of all existence; mind, spirit, and God (are reduced to) neural complexity." (Darwin Day in America, p. 41)
Social Darwinism, Secular Humanism, Progressivism, Socialism, Communism (Cultural Marxism, New Left), and Nazism were developed out of metaphysical materialism. Classical Liberalism on the other hand, was subverted and corrupted by the materialist faith into what is now known as modern Liberalism. Of these, Communism (Marx's dialectical materialism), is considered to be the most highly developed philosophy of materialism. It rests on three fundamental metaphysical presuppositions:
1. Deified Matter: The Ultimate Substance which, though non-living, non-intelligent, and non-conscious, nevertheless somehow possesses the emergent properties of life, mind, consciousness, and soul. This is animism dressed up in secular 'scientific' garb.
2. Evolution: Since Marxist dialectic requires a theory with clashes (thesis and antithesis) and leaps (synthesis), Marxists all but abandoned Darwinism and instead embraced punctuated equilibrium. "Many people confound dialectic with the theory of evolution," noted G. Plekhanov. "Dialectic is, in fact, a theory of evolution. But it differs profoundly from the vulgar (Darwinian) theory of evolution." (Fundamental Problems of Marxism, 1929, p. 145)
3. Spontaneous Generation: An offshoot of specifically Darwinian thought accepted unreservedly by contemporary evolutionists and by Marxists as their dialectic requires a strictly materialist explanation for the origin of life from dead matter. In the words of M.A. Leonov: "Marxist philosophical materialism remains beyond all doubt that at some time or other in the remote past, life must have arisen from non-living matter." (Outline of Dialectical Materialism, 1948, p. 494)
In this light we can see that secular humanism's â€œscientific cosmologyâ€ (that matter is the ultimate reality) and â€œuniversal evolutionismâ€ are together a godless neo-pagan evolutionary cosmology, a philosophical discipline that seeks to understand and account for the strictly physical origins (as opposed to supernatural origins) and evolution (rather than creation) of the universe, the spontaneous generation of life from chemicals (abiogenesis), the structure, and ultimate fate of the Universe at large, as well as the natural laws of evolution and matter that determine everything about it. (Why Evolutionary Thinking is not Sane http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18672 )
Neo-pagan materialism and evolutionary thinking have virtually displaced the living God, the Genesis account and America's founding Judeo-Christian worldview with the result that materialism and Darwinism are now the operative assumptions for much of our government, culture, science, education, politics, and law as well as for evolutionary Christianity. And so "we the people," are no longer the spiritual image-bearers of God but evolved apes, therefore as Coolidge warned, "we can not continue to enjoy the result if we abandon the cause."
Obama is not what is wrong with America. He is but a symptom of the vast spiritual cancer that has been killing America since before Coolidge's day. We cannot understand what has gone so terribly wrong in America until we see its' decay, dissolution and coming death in this light.