Friday, May 31, 2013

The Religious Sociobiology of the Twofold Path


It might appear oxymoronic but it seems to me that a religious sociobiology fits the balancing requirements of unifying the individual and the collective in modern times.

20th century psychologists and philosophers centered on the individual, understandably being scared away from collective myths by the selfish and deadly collective myths of World War Two. But this abandoning of the collective has led to the disruptive divisions and alienations of modern times.

There has always been a tension between the individual and the group and the same tension seems to exist between science and religion. The evolutionary science of sociobiology has affirmed, or reaffirmed, the primary unit of selection as the group (see E. O. Wilson) and it seems to me that this can revive or affirm  unifying collective myth-religion to help heal the divisions and alienation of hypertrophied modern individualism.

I affirm the evolutionary religion of the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Christian Church where the unifying myth-religion is the evolution of life to Godhood in the cosmos, and where individuals are not ignored and can be meritocratically selected to help lead us in our collective evolution to Godhood. A realistic path can be found toward the cooperative competition of groups, with a unifying myth-religion to affirm it.

The God seen inwardly and individually is included and transformed in the universal outward evolution of all groups toward Godhood in their own particular ways. The unifying evolutionary myth-religion of the Twofold Path can work within regions and small states which affirm cooperative competition, protected by a light federalism. Sociobiology supplies universal scientific knowledge by which particular cultures can be interpreted universally, and the evolutionary religion of the Twofold Path is added to complete a more organic unification.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Spirit-Will to Godhood and Human Culture


The Will to Godhood, or the Spirit-Will to Godhood, is the most basic activation of life, it is physiologically and psychologically active throughout the living cells, but it remains to be more fully explained by scientific philosophical naturalism. In human beings the Spirit-Will activates the other elements, such as the Ego or Superego, and even reason, resembling more a Super-Id, but with the highest evolutionary purpose of  inwardly activating life to evolve all the way to Godhood, as life is being shaped outwardly by evolution.

The Spirit-Will is neither the master morality or slave morality of Nietzsche, and it is not the purely creative version of Nietzsche's will to power that is politically correct. The Spirit-Will is not dominant for the sake of being dominant or creative for the sake of being creative, it seeks Godhood in evolution by way of activating life to evolve to Godhood.

Authentically developing the Will to Godhood means self-consciously always moving upward in evolution selecting a balance of intelligence, beauty and noble character, until attaining the zenith of these things in evolution, which defines Godhood, the goal of religion, culture and evolution.

The Spirit-Will is the zenith of the Soul just as the Soul is the zenith of the mind. The Soul is the experience or mirror of God or the Father Within seen in the mind after applying the traditional ascetic disciplines of the great religions in blocking material desires. This is the Inward Path. On the other hand the Spirit-Will seeks real Godhood through material-supermaterial evolution in the Outward Path, that is, the Godhood first seen as the God Within. This defines the Twofold Path.

Group life has been the natural method evolved and applied in human beings to help them survive and reproduce successfully. The Spirit-Will to Godhood has worked in harmony with group life in a variety of evolving groups, regions and states. Humans are capable of cooperative competition but civilized advances have realistically needed to be martially protected against less civilized values. It is important to see that we can suppress war without suppressing evolution.

We would best have religious and sociobiological research institutes, nationally and internationally, to objectively, and voluntarily, help guide our evolution to Godhood in the cosmos.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Future myth, religion and politics


If we think the future will be one where individuals seek the Spirit-Within, the bliss within, which seems to be the future most thinkers affirm, then a libertarian frame fits, one more concerned with individuals than the group, with social values oriented toward the individual. But if we think the future will be one where the organic society, the group, the religious based evolves materially and supermaterial to Godhood in the outside cosmos, then this fits a Burkean ordered evolution more than an ordered individualism.

I obviously lean toward the second, a group-oriented evolution based in human nature as it developed at least since paleolithic times. But with the Twofold Path there is room for seeking the God Within individually. This perspective, this new religious philosophy, sees the Inward Path as a symbol, a mirror of the Outward Path of evolution to Godhood. This brings the individual back to the group yet values the advanced individual as helping to move the group forward.

As to anarchism, postmodernism, or neoconservatism, they lean toward the libertarian, or they are selfishly tribal, or they have imperial agendas, or they have little myth or deep religion, which doesn't seem to be bring them into the future. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Can we have competitive evolution without primitive war?


On this Memorial Day I was thinking of how Raymond Cattell, with his fearless eye, called war a degenerate form of competition, yet he questioned mankind trying to rule out all competition in a hedonistic pact.

Whether we like to admit it or not war has been a test of the power of group survival, but it would be far better to see a higher level of testing between groups through cooperative competition. Yet realism says that cooperative competition in the world would still need to be backed by force, since we are an imperfectly evolved species. Power vacuums won't control invading power.

If we care about advancing in evolution we need to somehow rationally allow for expansion and contraction, that is, the evolution of groups. We can't block evolution, we will have explosions if we do. It will greatly help when we all can see the full importance of distinct groups having their own regions, virtually their own ethnostates, no matter how small. Competition within the same species is always greater than competition between different species, each species tends to find its own niche. Separation is vital for peace. Each group can then get on with the challenges of evolution within nature itself. The United States of America, my country, made a start in its original Constitution, with its separation of powers and states.
 
The idea is to have all groups, all nations, jointly exploring and advancing in evolution without primitive wars, and, yes, we can suppress war without suppressing evolution.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The deeper sacredness of nature


James Cooper quotes 19th century landscape painter Asher Durand as saying, “Nature in its purity was fraught with high and holy meaning, only surpassed by the light of Revelation.”

But revelation is part of nature, which makes nature even holier than Durand suggests. Nature has evolved life and human beings, and nature continues material evolution all the way to supermaterial Godhood. This is the deeper sacredness of nature.

Religion should not block this sacredness of nature by downgrading evolving material life. Religion should affirm and champion evolving material life as the sacred path to real supermaterial Godhood in the cosmos.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Revitalized conservatism, ordered evolution, and the evolutionary realist


When faced with two opposing positions, say, the new or the old, or just opposing positions, you avoid both by finding a compromise, but a compromise that always leans or moves in the direction of evolution, human evolution. That is, you don't compromise just to compromise with no directional preference.

This way we can gradually evolve with revitalized conservatism and ordered evolution toward Godhood in the cosmos, trying to avoid radical revolution as we evolve. This is more the position of a conservative evolutionary realist with evolutionary religious ideals, than a political pragmatic realist.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Backward and forward culture


Martha Graham once said, according to Jesse Dorris, that no artist is ahead of his time, the others are behind the times. This has also been true of the science of sociobiology which is now at least 40 years old. Sociobiology dismantled the legitimate frame work for much of modern intellectual culture but the world has not caught up, not even our colleges and universities.

Sociobiology dismantled the ground of postmodernism which saw truth, gender and so on as only a social construct, as well as cultural Marxism (political correctness), and even religion as something beyond biology, but few people seem to have realized this.

People tend to deny difficult truths, and also even merely uncomfortable truths. But I don't want to be flippant about illusions, which have activated much of human cultural history, as sociobiology pointed out (and Nietzsche earlier), illusions were important to successful survival and reproduction. But can we now move beyond even a few of these sloppy intellectual constructions? People like to hold on to the personal power they created out of these shaky constructions.

Yet we also should keep in mind that even specialists in sociobiology can be limited with what Nietzsche called only a “patina” of culture. The supreme goal of culture, all ethnic cultures, is the ongoing evolution of genius, with a noble character (that is, not just brilliant monsters), and with the continual goal of evolving all the way to Godhood in the cosmos. We all need to reach beyond ourselves in developing that sacred goal.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What to do about mythology?


Old and new myths grew out of human nature and the needs of survival and reproduction in often harsh environments. If we connect mythology to sociobiology we can have a basis for comparison.

For example, Joseph Campbell complained about how the patriarchal myths of the Hebrews and Aryans subjugated the old Goddess myths, but it seems to me that human nature as defined by sociobiology was represented in both mythologies. In the Goddess myths differences in gender remained, men tended to be hunters and warriors, women were gatherers and nurturers, men were men, women were women, and so on, with few exceptions, not unlike the patriarchal mythologies. Particular environments and ethnic peculiarities determined the emphasis, balance, and differences in myth.

It is modern myths that conflict with both ancient mythology and sociobiology. In modern mythology who rules? The politically correct or culturally Marxist media rules. Who are the rebel heroes? Those who object to cultural Marxism. What represents the divine? The Big Bang? Technology? Who are the great goddesses and patriarchs? Billionaires and movie stars. Hedonism rules. Technology rules. Individualism rules. This will not do. Deeper myth-religion is required.

I say what will rise is evolutionary religion, which is philosophically and scientifically based in theological materialism. We are all evolving to Godhood in the cosmos, the God first seen inwardly by the great religions. This will do, and it need not much conflict with the old mythologies, old religions or sociobiology.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Religions are united in the Inward Path and transformed through the Outward Path


I have to agree with Rene Guenon---although I don't affirm the religious philosophy of the Traditionalist School---that the way to reconcile the conflicting demands of the various religious forms is to see the shared esoteric core between them. A single tradition is concealed under the outer forms which degenerated over time.

Where Guenon splits the esoteric and exoteric, while seeing them as two faces of the same doctrine, I separate the Inward from the Outward Paths in the Twofold Path, seeing the Inward Path as that ecumenical core of all the great religions, and seeing the Outward Path and theological materialism as the next religious-philosophical development. This at last brings the material world and evolution to religion, including past excluded science as a tool.

The Inward Path, or more formally the Involutionary Inward Path, led to seeing the God or Father Within for all the great religions, which is their ecumenical unity. The Evolutionary Outward Path includes the Inward Path but sees it as an early mirror of real Godhood reached outwardly through material and supermaterial evolution.

The great religions can join together as one, which they are at their core, and they can retain but transform the Inward Path into the Evolutionary Outward Path to real Godhood. Since I live in the West I apply Christianity to this sacred evolution through the Evolutionary Christian Church.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When the counter-media rises conscious evolution can advance


Nietzsche suggested in “On the Future of Our Educational Institutions” that the “deciding factor” for those selected is not merely the “degree of talent” but the degree of moral sublimity, the instinct towards heroism, toward sacrifice, with a positive need for culture, and a personal obedience to the discipline of genius. Talent alone without this need can even hinder not promote the procreation of genius.

How long will it take for these improvements to no longer be considered politically incorrect? Those who advocate these things continue to be shunned in their careers and in their lives. The cultural Marxism that is political correctness, which has largely taken over our colleges, universities and the media in general, will have to be countered. This is a big mission but there is no better mission for the future. New media, new institutions may have to be created to replace the schools and media if they can't be adapted. It may require the work of several generations.

The evolutionary religion of theological materialism can lead the way followed by the tools of sociobiology. This can be accomplished in democratic republics if a counter-media rises. Revolutions are to be avoided. Classical conservatives were right about constant change within an ordered evolution, and this can be advanced all the way to Godhood.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fear of the Machine


Individualism is important, even vital, I certainly have benefited from it creatively, but it seems to me that too often individualism is hypertrophied by selfish and fearful men, who are afraid of the machine, afraid of the logic of evolution, afraid of monumental religion and science, afraid of divine cosmic order, afraid that this larger order may rearrange their selfish and even nefarious schemes. We do not always have a principled defense of the individual.

This seems to at least partially come from seeking the truth from only one way of thinking; why can't a thinker use reason, empiricism, irrationalism and intuition, all of them, in seeking the truth? I never agreed to the philosophical battles between these systems with one cutting off the other. We should not be one-eyed, we should be four-eyed in seeking the truth.

We don't need to have empires to believe in the machine, evolution, monumental religion and science, or the cosmic order, we don't need to give up individualism, we don't need to end up with Hitler or Stalin or imperial global corporations, we don't even need to give up the inner individual voice, when we believe in these things. Fearful men scare us away from cosmic order, clinging to their selfish and sometimes nefarious schemes for power, fearful of losing themselves in something bigger than themselves.

We are evolving to Godhood in the cosmos, this is the logic of evolution, this is cosmic order, this is the monumental view, and we don't need imperial dictatorships to direct us. Many groups, many small states, protected by a light federalism, guided by evolutionary religion and science---this is the way to fearlessly face the future, grounded in the sacred.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The way to channel Eros into conservative morality


Christianity has been based in the conservative values of human nature, which were later defined and affirmed by the science of sociobiology. Religion could apply this knowledge if it did not mainly reject science as a way to help justify its values and morals. Since at least hunter-gatherer times basic human nature has been conservative in rejecting radical individualism and unrestrained sexuality, and human nature has approved of such things as group-bonding altruism, marriage between a man and a woman, and other conservative values. Why? Because conservative values over the long run helped us survive and reproduce more successfully than non-conservative values. Human nature is still the same, which means that society and culture may snap back to reflecting real human nature, because going against human nature gradually corrupts and destroys culture, as history has shown time and again.

Which came first, the media-promoted sexual revolution, culminating in gay marriage, or the fall of Christian morals? Christian morals have been declining since at least the Enlightenment when science asked questions that were not satisfactory answered by religion. And as the West lost Christianity it lost its moral foundation, replaced by radical individualism and unrestrained sexuality, largely promoted by a non-Christian media.

Alas, sciences such as sociobiology, when pure, can tell us how things work but not how to behave. This is where the religion of the Evolutionary Christian Church and theological materialism come in, which define Godhood as reached through material and supermaterial evolution, while using sociobiology as a tool of evolution and not as a religion.  The Inward God of tradition is retained but transformed into the Outward Godhood of evolution. This is the sacred way to channel Eros and conservative morality toward evolving to Godhood and away from radical individualism and unrestrained sexuality, which have all but destroyed Christianity and the West.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blocking the particular in the universal


Universal values calling for the sameness of all people tend to be weaker than the particular values of group and individual survival. Religions have usually identified universal values and devalued the particular, even though they make little offerings to the particular, at least for laymen.

The difficulty comes from placing too much value on the Inward Path to the God Within (or the Father Within) which is universal, and not enough value, or even blocking entirely, the Outward Path of evolution to Godhood. The Outward Path affirms material evolution, group selection and cooperative natural competition, the Inward Path blocks them.

Cattell and other psychologists have suggested that frustrated genetic urges which were unsatisfied led to beliefs to fit the frustrations. To me this suggests that the frustrations of natural life and selection led to religiously trying to block these drives and dwelling in the desire-free state of the God Within.

The healthier path would be to successfully fulfill the natural genetic urges, or at least develop cooperative competition to allow more than one group to fulfill their genetic imperatives.

The Twofold Path remedies this historical and imperialist religious mistake of trying to make the particular universal.  The Inward Path to the God Within is transformed, not blocked, because we are evolving to the God first seen inwardly as a mirror of outward Godhood. This is the next religious philosophy attached to the old, this is the new, psychologically healthier, stage in religious development.

A side point to this is that political philosophy has often made this same mistake trying to block the particular with the universal. There are no  large “perfect” societies full of universal saints or world altruists mainly because natural evolving life will not be blocked.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The ultimate cultivation


Early Nietzsche was concerned with education for high culture, which was more socially oriented than later Nietzsche who thought more in terms of individuals, not groups, surpassing present humans. Nietzsche wanted aristocratic cultivation to be free of the mundane sciences and free of more practical money-concerns which he thought had nothing to do with aristocratic cultivation (a long way from the libertarianism some have claimed for Nietzsche). Present knowledge from sociobiology suggest that in the future the cultivation of great men we will need more than aristocratic education, biology will need to be included, the genes are necessarily involved.

Sociobiologists have called for future humanities institutions to be attached to sociobiology institutions, although they don't have evolution to Godhood in mind. We need to find people who can create great works to replace our lost or declined works, which can provide the basis for our evolution to Godhood, but a true high culture is not founded on cultivating minds alone but also on concern for biology. The evolutionary goal is not “merely” culturally developed people who create works of genius, important as that is, the people themselves need to be bio-culturally considered, and even these steps will be steps to even greater people in the future.

To adapt another phrase from Nietzsche, it seems that this future evolutionary religion was born posthumously. It will require more than a few generations. But some generation has to begin the mission.  The goal is to evolve beyond the human species to Godhood, this is the ultimate cultivation.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Supplying the classic functions of myth/religion/philosophy


The “universal” is supplied by theological materialism and the activating Spirit-Will. The “specific” is elaborated by the cultural-ethnic-environment in which the universal proceeds.

Cultures take on specific shapes related to their environments and the ethnic traits of the citizens which forms a “style” of consciousness as well as the forms of art, architecture etc. But all cultures are activated by the universal, that is, theological materialism and the Spirit-Will, with the same goal of evolving to Godhood in the cosmos, in their own fashion.

The political or practical ramifications of this myth-religion/philosophy suggests small states or ethnostates to accommodate human nature and nature itself, protected internally and externally by a light federalism, and guided by science, religion and the universal goals of theological materialism and the evolution of life to Godhood in the cosmos. The artistic ramifications lead to the affirmation of the sacred myth-religion/philosophy through popular or high art.

This supplies the classic functions of myth/religion/philosophy as defined by the mythologists (eg. Jung, Eliade, Campbell), that is, a sacred mystery of evolution to Godhood in the cosmos, sacred new/old images in relation to our time and place, the creation and bonding of values and morals, and helping us to live our daily lives.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How I interpret Raymond Cattell's eugenics (yes the dreaded word)


Human evolution proceeds ultimately by natural selection among groups, which determines the natural selection among the individuals, genetically and culturally. The ethics of the group are fixed by aiming to survive in reaction to the environment. We have loyalties in a hierarchy of values from fellow group members to mankind in general.

New cultural creations tend to be the work of genetically/culturally superior intelligences and are developed in two main ways: cultural creations as outlets for frustrations, such as poetry, music, drama (p-culture), and cultural creations that are more adaptive to fit us to the environment, engineering, medicine, science (r-culture), not “merely” an “outlet.”

These cultural inventions from superior intelligences tend to require more complex adjustments for the general population than the general population tend to be genetically suited for---Cattell calls this “genetic lag.” It's like the old instinctual brain having to adjust to the newer cortex.

Cattell suggests that we deal with these frustrating discrepancies due to adjusting to the new cultural inventions (mutations), and the subsequent genetic lags, with eugenic measures ( improving the genetic composition of a population) to help reduce the frustrations, which can spill over into many social problems, including revolutions. It's like having foresight for groups akin to a medical watch on individuals, which can lesson the morbidity rate of the group.

Adventurous societies will always be looking for new helpful (not antisocial) inventions from superior people, which then need adjustment to the general population. The goal is to always be evolving, which Cattell believes is the prime process of the universe. He calls this scientific religious philosophy “Beyondism."

Sounds more humane to me than constant violent revolutions.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Speculating on future educational philosophy


Considering educational philosophy from the Ancient Greeks with their education of an elite, to Christian education in the middle ages, to the economic utilitarian education of the present bourgeoisie, what is next, what is best?

I think of bringing philosophical sociobiology into the humanities along with theological materialism. This could deflate present culturally Marxist elitism, but it could also counter the pervasive utilitarian education-for-economic-profit, while keeping the practical technical schools for the great majority. The idea is to continue the classical idea of creating higher men and women, but open to all, this time centering on sociobiology, culture fair intelligence tests, and psychometric techniques available to help us better understand human abilities and evolution. Genes do relate to culture and it is outrageous that this fact is largely blocked in modern culture.

Cultural leadership can synthesize philosophical sociobiology and religion. The sacred goal is the evolution of life to the highest intelligence, beauty and character, which defines evolving to Godhood in the cosmos...perhaps this will be the next religion, which includes the traditional Inward God of Christianity and other religions transformed to the Outward Godhood of evolution.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Change as the most powerful law of nature, and the means of its conservatism


I have taken the conservatism of Burke and Kirk seriously, I understand what Hilaire Belloc meant when he said Europe is the faith and when the faith dies the culture dies. But I also think we need to go even deeper than this in understanding the rise and fall of cultures.

The Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Christian Church, which I write about in this blog, seeks to retain the Inward Path faith of the God Within of Christianity, but it also includes the Outward Path of evolution to Godhood in the cosmos, which is grounded in a sociobiological understanding of the rise and fall of cultures.

The cultures of Europe, China, Russia, Africa were created by the people, with the ethnic traits of these lands, who then adapted Christianity or any other religion to their particular people, their worlds. When the ethnic group dies or changes the culture changes, often including the religion.

We can affirm a variety of regions and states with different people, different ethnic cultures, knowing that it is the people and the traits of the people who create the cultures, before the faith. This is absolutely natural and harmonious with human nature. We can hold the different cultures and regions and small states together protected internally and externally by a light federalism, but also bonded by a universal faith, a religion which understands the importance of our differences as we all evolve in our own fashion and in our own states toward the outward Godhood first seen as the inward God by the traditional faiths.

Burke wrote, change is the most powerful law of nature, and the means of its conservatism.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How my worldview deals with the complications of human nature and modern culture


It seems to me that most of the complexities in political and cultural discourse today come from not being able to accept the stark reality that we are higher animals driven by biological needs that help create the cultures we create, adapting our selves and our cultures to our various environments. There is too much cultural baggage devoted to such things as universal sameness and equality. To see past these things, or to see biological man, for many modern intellectuals is too much for them. The propaganda for the modern liberal view has been powerful throughout our educational systems and the whole media.

So its seems to be realism versus idealism, with idealism always fading as the world and human nature always do what they really do, that is, separate according to differences, different states, different ethnic groups, different cultures based on the needs of different environments, and then they tend not to cooperate. So what can be done about this when intellectuals don't even accept the biological part of this worldview and they continue to think we have to find a way to all get along equally within the same democracy? This is mainly where the complications come from, because it really can't be done successfully.

My work tries to deal with real human nature and real human behavior, to find a way for order to be achieved rather than chaotic disorder over time. Sociobiology has to be strongly included in this search because it has dealt with the reality of real human behavior. Nietzsche's conflicts regarding the individual and society it seems to me split into before the break with Wagner and an after the break. Before the break he thought of heroes working within the cultural order, and after the break from Wagner it was individualism, individual heroes all the way. The latter libertarian side of Nietzsche is becoming more and more popular among intellectuals on the left and the right.

What does sociobiology say about this (Wilson's version) ? It says that the group is vital, that the group actually created our values and ethics, with such things as altruism, which is the basis of most religions. So libertarianism takes a back seat in this view of human nature and the creation and maintenance of culture. Sociobiolgy for me suggests small states, even ethnostates, and a light federalism to protect them from internal and external threats. But then something is needed to help then cooperate beyond federalism.

My work moves on to worry about society without religion, which we virtually have now, accept for surging Islam. My religion takes sociobiology into account, but unlike Cattell's courageous Beyondism (which I admire), I keep God in the equation, or Godhood, with my philosophy of the Twofold Path, theological materialism, etc. Conservatism influenced me more than it did Cattell, which made him too radical in relating to human nature in my opinion. But this is thinking beyond where modern intellectuals want to go. I think who we really are as humans will eventually take us to evolutionary religion, if we manage to survive until then.

So that is how my worldview deals with the complications of human nature and modern culture.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The super-materialization of the sacred


The Outward Path evolution of material and supermaterial life to Godhood in the cosmos is made more real, more concrete, as a theology of love, than the traditional religious Inward Path transformations, seen as human to divine, eros to agape, kama to prema, which are also affirmed in the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Christian Church. Theological materialism is not so much a “secularization of the sacred” (Joseph Campbell's term) as it is a super-materialization of the sacred.

With evolution, love for the particular in real survival and reproduction, for example, love for a beautiful woman, literally becomes love for the supermaterial divine, both are living objects, not abstractions, not inner Godhood, not merely symbols, but the real thing which we can evolve to.

This is bringing new mythology, new-old religion to a myth-starved, God-starved modern world.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Music and cultural transformation


Nietzsche gave great attention to music as the basis for cultural transformation. He saw Wagner's music-dramas as creating such a cultural transformation, which they did. We can see the power of rock music in the 1960's which had much to do with transforming a conservative culture into a modern liberal culture. And rap music now has again transformed popular culture toward a more African-American ethos. Did the money behind this music know this fully?

The impulse to culture, as Nietzsche called it, can be more deeply seen in the creation and maintenance of religion, which sociobiology has confirmed as the impulse to success in survival and reproduction---groups bonded in religious altruism have done far better than non-altruistic groups.

Music will be needed to help bring theological materialism and the Evolutionary Christian Church foreword. But great art is not merely for our education, great art also affirms the sacred in intuitive and emotional ways, more like music than words.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Finding the Sacred


Eliade said we need to find where the sacred is hiding in tradition, the sacred is always under various camouflages. He thought that various future religious experiences will be quite different from those we are familiar with. The sacred always takes new shapes, and it may not be the scholar or strict man of science who unearths it.

This is what the Twofold Path and theological materialism offer, a pattern which includes the God of the Involutionary Inward Path of past tradition, but requiring the Evolutionary Outward Path of material-supermaterial evolution to make it present, to reach Godhood. What the mythology-revivalists dreamed of may be accomplished by protecting the various groups and small states as they evolve toward Godhood in their various ways. This may not be accomplished by one-myth or one-race imperialism which the world turns against, but there needs to be an overall goal of evolution.

Independence and separation of distinctly different groups who, contrary to political correctness or cultural Marxism, simply cannot get along well together, protected with a light federalism, and affirming cooperative competition, is not only natural and practical, it creates the only real peace we can achieve. But most importantly, it is also the best way to evolve in variety toward Godhood. 

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Why Theological Materialism?


It seems to me that phenomenologists, like Husserl and Heidegger, are a modern extension of Aquinas, but they bring in far more doubt about a priori reasoning and new doubt about empiricism as being unable to find the whole truth. They also tend toward individualism in thinking that the real, at least what we can see of the real, is reduced to the what the individual-self can see, which seems too reduced from the sociobiological perspective which I try to apply in seeing what is real.

I don't think that historicism is the answer either, that is, the study of history as the prime tool for defining humanity, I think sociobiology is a better tool. But I would agree with those who think that our questions still exceed the powers of the human mind. Yet I do think these questions may be answered with the further evolution of our intelligence.

I believe in the Enlightenment, the miracle of science, and as I have indicated I especially treasure the new/old science of sociobiology, and such exponents of it as Raymond Cattell and E. O. Wilson. Even so, empiricism and reason do not do it all for me as they tend to do for Cattell and Wilson who do not seem to value intellectual intuition and faith enough to fit my experience of the world. Specialization in various fields has presented the single empirical tree in all its detail but not much of the phenomenal forest.

But I have faith in science and reason that they will one day explain the still mysterious activations of life, such as the inward activation of material life by the material Spirit-Will-To-Godhood, with the divine goal of evolving to Godhood, while being shaped by outside evolution.

What philosophy could this define? I call it theological materialism, a religious philosophy, a philosophical sociobiology, which includes old religion in new science as in the Twofold Path.

Friday, May 03, 2013

What to do about the media?


The selection of what is news, the editing has fallen to politically correct or culturally Marxist editors and publishers, and this has biased the news considerably. Our “culture” in the West is largely now created by the Media. The march to control the media from within has been wildly successful at corrupting the West, more than an overt military conquest.

Can this corrupt media culture be changed by changing the values of our colleges and universities, who mainly educated the editors? Or is it more practical to build our own media alongside the corrupt ones? Both ways are very difficult but building our own media may be the slightly better plan.

Primarily our media and our schools need to spread sociobiological education as the basis for our political and religious culture. This was Cattell and Wilson's hope and it is mine too. What De Toqueville said of material progress needs to be applied to biological progress, “What the few have today, the many will want tomorrow.” Our shared overall value is the goal of evolution out into the cosmos to Godhood.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Connecting Religion, Politics and Science



Political philosophers and social scientists have overlooked (or banned) the work of Raymond Cattell and to a lesser extent E.O. Wilson, which means the trend of the social sciences toward the positivist hard sciences is incomplete and even biased. We need sociobiology and psychometric testing in the social sciences and in the humanities and in normal life. The claim that these fields overlook normal human life and are too narrowly trimmed down so that they may fit into empirical analysis or quantification is just plain incorrect.

I have included sociobiology in the religious philosophy of theological materialism and the Evolutionary Christian Church, while using anything else that seems relevant, intellectual intuition, science, ideology, political philosophy, art, etc. This philosophy looks to future evolution and science in seeking the material-supermaterial evolution of life all the way to Godhood, the God first seen and mirrored in the Inward Paths of the great religions.

I have passed over much of progressive liberalism, which often seems to reject both religion and the Enlightenment in pursuit of an anarchic or libertarian hedonism that does not relate to actual human nature or the group-selection which mainly created human civilization. I have affirmed much of paleoconservatism and classical liberalism, which includes limited government and free enterprise, but I have opposed the essentially Vedic Traditionalist School with its dream of a reactionary Arcadia or golden age before science and evolution came into the picture.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

What is the internal coherence and necessity of every culture?


The form of culture is shaped by the content of culture. What great cultures have is what Nietzsche called an “exalted and overall transfiguring goal,” a “mastery of the drives.” At this time the Media has taken the place of real culture, leaving us with virtually no culture, or a degenerating motley circus.

What is the internal coherence and necessity of culture? Successful survival and reproduction, but more than that, a continuing evolution toward the zenith of beauty, truth and goodness in the people and in the culture, seeking the ultimate goal of evolving to Godhood in the cosmos.

This is not myth-religion as illusion and deception, contrary to the interpretations of Nietzsche and Freud, this is real material life and evolution with a sacred goal. We need more than the mere explanations of science and history, we need actual philosophically religious direction as a sound basis for the turn to evolutionary religion.

Early Nietzsche thought the Ancient Greeks (Hellenes) saved their culture not by cutting the Gordian Knot but by tying it back together again into a stylistic unity in their diversity. We need to do this too.

Light federalism can unify and protect divergent states with divergent ethnic groups, then we can, all of us, consciously  pursue evolving toward Godhood, toward beauty, truth and goodness, with the help of religion and science.