For over one hundred years Leftism has been and continues to be the most dynamic religion in the world said Dennis Prager in his article, "The World's Most Dynamic Religion is..." Most people fail to understand that Leftism is a religion since it is "overwhelmingly secular" and inherently opposed to all traditional religions, with particular emphasis upon true Christian theism and faithful Judaism.
Another reason for their blindness is that leftism,
".. so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect, and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore, the vast majority of the people who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life....anyone who opposes leftism is labeled anti-intellectual, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-minority and anti-reason... leftists truly believe that there is no other way to think." (The World's Most Dynamic Religion Is ..., Prager, WND, Oct. 2, 2012)
Leftism dominates the thinking of,
"Europe, much of Latin America, Canada, and Asia, as well as the thinking of the political and intellectual elites of most of the world." (ibid)
And while the United States resisted Leftism for a while,
"resistance is fading as increasing numbers of Americans abandon traditional Judeo-Christian religions, lead secular lives, are educated by teachers whose views are almost uniformly left-wing and are exposed on a daily basis virtually exclusively to leftist views in their news and entertainment media." (ibid)
People who ascribe to Leftism choose many different names to describe themselves. For example: free thinker, free spirit, humanist, agnostic, skeptic, Marxist, naturalist, socialist, nazi, atheist, evolutionist, materialist, progressive, and liberal.
Leftism essentially boils down to a few principle beliefs:
(1) Life spontaneously emerged from chemicals (abiogenesis) and then evolved (progressed) over millions of years within thousands of different life-forms (macroevolution) until human-apes finally emerged.
(2) Naturalism--only the natural or material realm exists. There is no living God, heavenly realm, Original Sin, souls, spirits, thoughts, conscience, will, angels, or demons. Eric Fromm, an atheistic psychotherapist flatly denies original sin in his book, "You Shall Be as Gods:"
"The Christian interpretation of the story of man's act of disobedience as his 'fall' has obscured the clear meaning of the story. The biblical text does not even mention the word 'sin': man challenges the supreme power of God, and he is able to challenge it because he is potentially God." (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, p. 32)
(3) Trousered apes are sinless masters of their own fate and captains of their (non-existing) souls. "Self" is the center of the universe because self "is potentially God" in the making.
(4) Since billions of egoistic selves are potential gods, then subjectivism (moral relativism) reigns supreme. Each 'self' is the inventer of his or her own truth.
(5) Change (progress, moving forward) is a nonstop, relentless process of destruction that annihilates the higher eternally permanent truths, moral laws, stability and certainty demanded in the Biblical outlook.
(4) Evolution is much more than a hypothesis about how life and finally man came to exist. Darwin's evolutionary conception is exalted by Leftism to the place of "indisputable fact" because it is the only possible way of explaining creation without the living God. For this reason Leftism views Darwin as the anti-Moses who freed his people from God the Father.
By whatever label they affix to themselves, Leftists view themselves as faultless. However, in reality their conscience is depraved, and a depraved conscience is the most destructive force in political, social, economic, religious, and cultural life. This is because though the intellect remains intact, reason is warped and peculiarly inverted due to a depraved conscience, hence it is useless for pursuit of the good, the just and the true. In short, guided by a depraved conscience, reason is used in pursuit of the preservation of self-image at any cost as well as for gratification of disordered appetites. This is sophistry.
In a penetrating analysis of sophistry, J. Budziszewski observes that the sophists' view of reality is paradoxical because it ultimately denies reality. Sophists are shock troopers of evil says Budziszewski, and according to their satanically-inverted view of reality:
"Man is the measure of all things, but man has no fixed nature. Man measures all things by his words, but words have no fixed meanings. Language is not an instrument for finding truth, but for changing it. Those who can master it, master all. It is a good creed for rogues, and commends itself to tyrants in every age." (What We Can't Not Know, Budziszewski, p. 167)
So for example, since change is continuous, then unchanging truth and moral absolutes are relics of the past and words, cut free from fixed meaning, have no fixed meaning. Thus Darwinism and materialism (naturalism), which are in reality the first principles of Leftism's metaphysical evolutionary cosmology become empirically determined "undisputed facts" and 2+2=5 or 8 or 15 or nothing at all because words have no fixed meaning.
Sophistry is the subjectivist pseudo-moralism of Leftism. Sophistry says autonomous human-apes are potential gods in the making, thus they are free-thinkers, the makers of their own truth and morality even though sophistry denies the reality of both truth and morality. It says depraved human-apes can unmake and then remake themselves. Thus they are free to divinize themselves as in days of old and males can be females and females can now be males, or they can be androgynous, that is, transgender or "gay."
Sophistry is all the rage in America even though it prefers longer, more intellectual sounding names to dupe the gullible. Thus for example, it calls itself postmodernism, epistemological relativism, antifoundationalism, pragmatism, situational ethics, sensitivity training, pluralism, multiculturalism, interfaith, evolutionary humanism, transhumanism, positivism, rationalism, and progressivism.
Its favorite Scripture is "judge not." The only judgment is the judgment against moral judgment. The only sin is the idea that sin exists. The only truth is the idea that truth does not exist. Evil is the idea that evil exists. The greatest evil of all however, is to dissent against Leftism.
Sophists are braggarts who love to boast of their reason, yet Darwinian and materialist metaphysics cannot even account for the origin of life, consciousness and matter anymore than it can explain why random chemical processes in the brains of evolved trousered apes should be trusted to lead them to reason. Thus if naturalism is true, then Leftists are,
"dead bodies without souls, without minds, but somehow they (keep) moving and speaking even though they (are) dead." (Peter Kreeft, Angels and Demons, p. 31)
And so it is that dead bodies without souls and minds claim by unreason that God is dead and evolutionary theory is absolutely true, but sophistry says words have no fixed meaning. There is no truth in sophistry hence there is no truth in evolutionary theory. Therefore, God is not dead but rather Leftists are for as Leftism's evolutionary cosmology begins with the spontaneous generation of life from dead matter, then while Leftists believe they are gods in the making, they are really just walking dead bodies without souls and minds.