Sunday, January 15, 2012
The naturalism-plus of theological materialism
Culture and circumstances change but there remains the core of human nature, which remains the same as it was when it developed in hunter-gatherer times, before higher civilization developed.
A definition of human nature is vital knowledge that must be included in religion, philosophy and politics. How one defines human nature relates to how one relates to religion, philosophy and politics.
E. O. Wilson said that human nature is a collection of genetic patterns of mental-physical development and that culture is created or “biased” in the direction of these genetic patterns. Sociobiology goes on to define religion as myths which helped the practitioners of the myths survive and reproduce more successfully.
Philosophical naturalism also thinks of human nature as a natural phenomena evolved to through natural selection and through no spiritual cause.
In every human culture ever studied, human nature included, among other things, kin selection-preference, incest taboos, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, and ethnocentrism. If culture proposes to not include these things, it will always return to these things. These things also happen to be at the core of conservatism and tradition, whereas many of these traits are missing in, say, communism and post-modernism.
The theological materialism of the Evolutionary Christian Church generally accepts and includes naturalism in its view of human nature, but supermaterialism is added to this view, including and going beyond philosophical naturalism. Included as naturalistic and supermaterial is the activating Spirit-Will, or the Will to Godhood, which activates life and human nature to evolve to Godhood in the cosmos, yet it is shaped by natural selection and evolution.
This is the Godhood first seen within man, in the Revealed Religion, which mirrors the real Godhood that can be reached through outward evolution in the cosmos (see the Twofold Path). Faith or intellectual intuition is included and required in affirming the Spirit-Will, as well as the sacred end-goal of Godhood, at this time, but scientific naturalism will one day affirm both the Spirit-Will and the goal of Godhood in the cosmos.