Wednesday, August 24, 2016
What is Godhood?
Godhood is an “embodied act,” to use the term Mark Mitchell used to describe art, (Modern Age, Summer 2016). Godhood requires evolution in space and time. All is material or supermaterial. It has been a great mystical, theological, and philosophical mistake to think that Godhood is without material embodiment as a non-material spiritual idea.
This is a view of God that even evolutionary theologians like Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo have missed. They see God, as usual, as a non-material, spiritual, un-embodied consciousness to which man's consciousness is supposed to evolve to and “fuse" with, creating a sort of glorious, non-material, chimera. The “noosphere”is this sort of non-embodied consciousness.
Contrary to Teilhard and Aurobindo, and the whole history of the mystics, evolution does not evolve to a non-evolutionary world of non-material consciousness. A non-material spiritual God is no God at all, it is nothingness, it is death, which oddly is the way some mystics describe God.
Godhood does not 'transcend” the world any more than beauty transcends the world. Godhood and the highest beauty are realized at the zenith of this world's evolution.
Something does not come from nothing, and this knowledge contradicts the concept of the Logos which requires the belief that there is a beginning and an end, where God is found. But there is no beginning and no end, there is only ongoing evolution reaching toward higher levels of Godhood, with only occasional cosmic or local starts and stops. We don't meet with and fuse with a creator, we become Godhood.
We do not return to origins, which would mean a return to the primordial conditions at the lower points of evolution. Theologians and artists do not need to try to return to origins, they need to affirm the evolution to Godhood. This is the only permanent tradition.
“Freedom” can be seen as the freedom to enhance evolution. Freedom cannot be unhooked from materiality and evolution. Why would we want to do so? How could we hate what we are as material beings enough to make our highest ideal, our God, non-materially and reached by blocking all material desires? Godhood is not beyond the material world, Godhood is the supermaterial zenith of the material world.
In theological materialism when we can grasp the direction of evolution toward Godhood we can grasp what to do with our cultural, political, and religious lives, and perhaps actually save the world.