BEYOND THE FLESH: THE THEOCRACY OF PRIMA MATERIA
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"]
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:
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:
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:
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 resurrection of Jesus Christ vividly illustrated the important role served by the physical body within the continuum of eternity. Zacharias recapitulates:
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:
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:
believe in Marx, Freud, and Darwin.
believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
believe that everything's getting better, despite evidence to the
believe that there's something in horoscopes, UFOs and bent spoons;
believe that all religions are basically the same -- at least the
one that we read was.
believe that after death comes the Nothing because when you ask the
dead what happens they say nothing.
believe in Masters and Johnson.
believe in total disarmament.
believe that man is essentially good.
believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
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:
chance be the Father of all flesh,
It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.
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.
Angus, S. The Mystery-Religions: A Study in the Religious Background
of Early Christianity. New York: Dover Publications, 1975.
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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.
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?