Thursday, April 18, 2013

Uncamouflaging the Sacred

Someone said “Hope” usually requires a founding myth/religion. European and Eurasian intellectuals have gone back to the science-hating and progress-hating Traditionalist School. But William Hamilton said, according to Robert Ellwood, that America is the most worldly of places yet the place where the sacred can be realized because America has always believed that we can begin again.

 picture by Jim Coda ©
Ellwood points out that Eliade thought the sacred is camouflaged in the profane, and Freud and Marx thought the profane is hidden in the sacred. I interpret this seeming paradox with theological materialism: the formerly profane material world evolves to the sacred supermaterial world of Godhood. The two worlds have fought one another when they needed to be joined in the Twofold Path.

The various fields can come together in a total knowledge field, with science, religion and art joined in a new humanistic theology. How does this come out politically when the sacred and profane are joined? Independent regions and states protected internally and externally by a light federalism, not unlike the Founders wanted for America, can allow evolution to take place in variety, and with continuity, all the way to Godhood in the cosmos. Totalitarianism has not proved to last very long.

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