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NOTHING BEYOND THE FLESH: THE THEOCRACY OF PRIMA MATERIA
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Phillip D. Collins
October 7, 2006
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The World Kingdom of Prima Materia

The sociopolitical Utopians of the Promethean faith sought to reconfigure society according to the technocratic blueprints of Sir Francis Bacon's New Atlantis. Essentially, Bacon's New Atlantis was a scientifically managed world society or, more succinctly, a global scientific dictatorship. Likewise, the Promethean Novus Ordo Seclorum was a scientistic society where man's reality was altered by the transformational powers of techne. James H. Billington describes this new reality: [See DVD: "Secret Mysteries of America's Beginnings - The New Atlantis"]

The new reality they sought was radically secular and stridently simple. The ideal was not the balanced complexity of the new American federation, but the occult simplicity of its great seal: an all-seeing eye atop a pyramid over the words Novus Ordo Seclorum. (Billington 6)

It is interesting that such a "radically secular" order would be premised upon "occult simplicity." Secularism is commonly associated with atheism. However, as sociologist William Sims Bainbridge makes clear, secularization does not represent the complete obliteration of religion. Instead, it represents the opening stage of an occult counterculture movement:

Secularization does not mean a decline in the need for religion, but only a loss of power by traditional denominations. Studies of the geography of religion show that where the churches become weak, cults and occultism explode to fill the spiritual vacuum. ("Religions for a Galactic Civilization," no pagination)

Indeed, occultism did explode to fill the spiritual vacuum. It found a vehicle within the Promethean faith itself. Several Promethean radicals entertained a preoccupation with the occult. Billington states:

In search of primal, natural truths, revolutionaries looked back to pre-Christian antiquity--adopting pagan names like "Anaxagoras" Chaumette and "Anacharsis" Cloots, idealizing above all the semimythic Pythagoras as the model intellect-turned-revolutionary and the Pythagorean belief in prime numbers, geometric forms, and the higher harmonies of music. (6)

The occult theocracies of antiquity had found a way of perpetuating themselves. The Mystery priesthoods of ancient Babylon and Egypt found their modern counterparts in the revolutionary ideologues of contemporary totalitarianism. Out of the Promethean movement would spring Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, two technocratic regimes premised upon the Gnostic myth of Darwinism. Envisioning an Eschaton within the physical universe and a "new man" who would overcome his humanity in exchange for apotheosis, these secular theocracies carried out religious crusades that were far bloodier than any of those conducted by their religious precursors.

Even after the fall of both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, the Promethean crusade survives. Secular humanism is one of its many vessels. Interestingly enough, the Humanist Manifesto II echoes the Baconian mandate for the creation of a global scientific dictatorship:

We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds. We have reached a turning point in human history where the best option is to transcend the limits of national sovereignty and to move toward the building of a world community in which all sectors of the human family can participate. Thus we look to the development of a system of world law and a world order based upon transnational federal government. (No pagination)

The globalist elements of this declaration should be painfully obvious. Encapsulated within this mission statement is the mandate for the dissolution of sovereign nation-states and the erection of an omnipotent, supra-national governmental entity. The vision of secular humanists is virtually identical to the revolutionary vision of their Promethean progenitors: "an all-seeing eye atop a pyramid over the words Novus Ordo Seclorum." The apostle Paul eloquently synopsizes such hubris in Romans 1:25: "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised." In short, the secular humanist wishes to see the glorification of the creation rather than the Creator.

There should be absolutely no confusion over the secular humanist's motives when he or she seeks to expunge the elements of traditional theistic faiths from the public arena. There can be no heaven apart from the Eschaton that the secular humanist seeks to immanentize. There can be no divine revelation apart from the principles and concepts attained through humanity's own Reason. There can be no theocentric faith to oppose their anthropocentric religion. Most importantly, there can be no God outside the ontological plane of the physical universe who could dethrone the secular humanist's god: Man. This is the jihad to which the secular humanist is committed.

Beyond the Flesh

There is no question that corporeality has a legitimate place within the hierarchical order of God's creation. Man's own physical body holds reverence in the eyes of the Lord. The apostle Paul argued this position several times in his first letter to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 6:15, Paul writes: "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?" Later, in 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul recapitulates this message: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

Christ Himself was the Word made flesh. Through His incarnation, Jesus demonstrated the centrality of the physical body to man's communion with God. Christian philosopher Ravi Zacharias eloquently expands on this theme: "…in His [Christ's] incarnation He exalts the body, first by being conceived in the womb of a virgin, then by taking on human form and giving it the glorious expression of God in the flesh" (72). Thus, the physical body is not simply analogous to a temple. It is the temple itself! Zacharias explains:

The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. (73)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ vividly illustrated the important role served by the physical body within the continuum of eternity. Zacharias recapitulates:

Jesus made it clear that the body is not just informationally different from other quantities; it is purposefully different. That is why the resurrection is a physical one at its core. The body matters in the eternal sense, not just the temporal. (71)

Yet, while the Lord honors the physical body and corporeality in general, He has made them ontologically subordinate to the spiritual realm. In Mark 8:36, Jesus posed an interesting question: "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul?" Indeed, the physical world with all of its splendors would be worthless to a soulless individual. The soul, which is a spiritual entity, is the energizing mechanism of the corporeal body. It animates the hylomorphic composite of man. This is an appropriate portrait of the soul, especially given its etymological origin. "Soul" is derived from anima, which also provides the root for the word "animation." Thus, while the spirit requires corporeality for embodiment, corporeality requires the spirit to be animated with life.

In rejecting the spirit and bestowing absolute metaphysical primacy upon matter, the modern Promethean revolutionary rejects life. Theirs is a culture of death and their Novus Ordo Seclorum is Thanatos extended to the entirety of human civilization. Both communism and fascism, which were the ideological progenies of the Promethean faith, murdered millions. Professor R.J. Rummel estimates that the Nazis slaughtered roughly 20,946,000 (Freedom, Democide, War, no pagination). Meanwhile, the Soviet communists exterminated approximately 61,911,000, surpassing even their fascist brethen (Freedom, Democide, War, no pagination). In essence, the scientific dictatorship pursued by adherents of the Promethean tradition amounts to little more than an enormous suicide pact.

Yet, deluded as they are, the Promethean technocrats believe that they can transform the ontological plane of the physical universe into Heaven itself. They have become lovers of the world, so-to-speak. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with loving the workmanship of God and the world qualifies as such. However, the Promethean veneration for the world is an idolatrous love. Concerning this idolatrous love of the world, 1 John 2:15-17 states:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

In the original Greek version of 1 John, the word "world" is translated from the term kosmos. Kosmos means "ordered space" or "ordered arrangement." This sort of order is not to be confused with legitimate order. It is a rigid, confining order not unlike the sort imposed by the socialist totalitarian regimes of the 20th century. Interestingly enough, the term "establishment," which is used in reference to the elitist network for consolidating power and erecting a Novus Ordo Seclorum, is derived from the Latin root stabilis. Stabilis means "stable" or "ordered." To understand this so-called "order," one might find the poem "Creed" by Steve Turner helpful:

We believe in Marx, Freud, and Darwin.
We believe everything is OK as long as you don't hurt anyone, to the best definition of hurt, and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy's OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything's getting better, despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated and you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe that there's something in horoscopes, UFOs and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha, Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same -- at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it's compulsory heaven for all excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What's selected is average.
What's average is normal.
What's normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It's only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds, and the flowering of individual thought.

This poem is followed by a postscript entitled, "Chance." It reads:

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear,
"State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting! Bomb Blasts School!"

It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.

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Indeed, it is the sound of humanity worshipping its new god. His name is Man, apotheosized and enthroned to preside over his own crumbling Novus Ordo Seclorum. This is the sort of world that the Lord stands against. Is there any wonder why? It is the contract of self-immolation where humanity is sacrificed on the altar of apotheosized Man. It is precisely the world sought by secular humanism, which contends that there is nothing beyond the flesh.

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Phillip D. Collins acted as the editor for The Hidden Face of Terrorism. He has also written articles for Paranoia Magazine, MKzine, NewsWithViews, B.I.P.E.D.: The Official Website of Darwinian Dissent, the ACL Report, Namaste Magazine, and Conspiracy Archive. In 1999, he earned an Associate degree of Arts and Science. In 2006, he earned a bachelors degree with a major in communication studies and a minor in philosophy. During the course of his seven-year college career, Phillip has studied philosophy, religion, and classic literature.

He has recently completed a newly expanded and revised edition of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship (ISBN 1-4196-3932-3), which is available at Amazon.com. He is also currently co-authoring a collection of short stories, poetry, and prose entitled Expansive Thoughts. It will be available late Fall of 2006.

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Indeed, it is the sound of humanity worshipping its new god. His name is Man, apotheosized and enthroned to preside over his own crumbling Novus Ordo Seclorum. This is the sort of world that the Lord stands against. Is there any wonder why?