Sunday, February 21, 2016
Theological materialism as an alternative to the Gnostic alternative right
Theological materialism (TM) does not reject traditional religion, conservatism, or science. The inward God or Father Within is retained but transformed in the Outward Path of material evolution to supermaterial Godhood, which defines the Twofold Path. TM especially does not reject the evolutionary sciences, since they can do great service in the evolution of life toward real Godhood.
Many in the alternative right have been turning to the non-material Gnosticism of Guenonian and Evolian Traditionalism, and its brilliant Russian spokesman Alexander Dugin. This is a traditionalism that generally rejects the modern world, including the evolutionary sciences, in favor of the non-material worldview of a very ancient, perhaps proto-Indo-European derived Gnosticism.
The perspective they center on is a non-material world existing only in definition or symbolic form, or in consciousness-bending mind experiences brought about by ridding the body of material desires so as to experience the God Within.
The Twofold Path of theological materialism---conservatively---retains the symbolic experience of the God Within but transforms this secondary experience in the primary Outward Path of material evolution to supermaterial Godhood.
Conservatism is also upheld in TM with its view of human nature as affirmed by both religion and evolutionary studies, where the virtues and the biological traits of human nature throughout human history are seen as being 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.
Politically TM supports ethnopluralism, that is, regions and states set aside for distinct ethnic cultures, which, at least in the U.S., could be---conservatively---accommodated by the constitutional principle of the separation of powers and states.
To their credit Alain de Benoist and Guillaume Faye of the New Right in France have seen the good sense in ethnopluralism, although Benoit seems to have been at least somewhat seduced by the Gnostic traditionalism of the West-hating Russian, Alexander Dugin---but Faye less so.
I believe the conservatism of theological materialism, which includes within religion advanced sciences such as sociobiology, is a healthier and better philosophy for the present and future than the atavistic imperial Gnosticism of many in the alternative right. I hope they will see we need to include but transform the past.