Monday, November 02, 2015
The Denial of Nature: Godhood Left Out of Religion, Conservatism, and Neo-Darwinism
The deepest problem of modern politics, religion and science is the failure to recognize natural laws and natural standards. There are distinctions in human nature that cannot be denied, but are denied, and they are denied not only by modern liberalism and postmodernism but are denied by conservatism and science---although not all natural distinctions are denied.
It is not just the historicism of liberal postmodernism thinking that all values are relative to the time and the place, which leads to nihilism, it is conservatism thinking that all values relate to a non-material God, and science rejecting God entirely. They miss knowledge of the sacred goal in natural evolution.
Platonic reason and the God of traditional religion swerve away from nature when the highest reason and the highest God are seen and defined as non-material. Many in science are now making the same mistake in calling quantum physics non-material or spiritual. This biases religion, politics, science, and culture in general.
The science of evolution has developed all along from Darwin to E. O. Wilson in learning that human nature remains kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection. This leads to values that relate to the separation of powers and states, and to an ethnopluralism protected by federalism. This political structure best enhances the variety that evolution benefits from. But Neo-Darwinism has a problem with religion and conservatism because it sees no ultimate cosmic goal to life other than random selection.
The Godhood left out of religion, conservatism, and Darwinism is the supermaterial Godhood which material life evolves toward in the natural world. The divine is a level of life we can evolve to become. Life endlessly evolves with no beginning and no end---who can really prove a beginning motionless mover?---along with the ups and downs of natural selection and evolution. Our mission is to aid in the evolution of life toward Godhood.
We can return full circle to nature and real human nature while retaining Godhood, conservatism, and enlightened science. Theological materialism affirms this acceptance.