Monday, November 07, 2016

How Nietzsche paved the way for the renewal of evolutionary religion (reblog from January 10, 2013)


According to the excellent Quentin Taylor, early Nietzsche thought we needed a rebirth of myth-religion and he believed that science was incompatible with myth. Science had destroyed myth-religion, science would eventually prove itself unable to meet the full mythical-religious requirements of mankind, there were limits to reason and science, as Kant and others had shown.

Nietzsche thought as science collapsed as a guide to truth, an old/new “tragic insight” could be the remedy, and in his early work Nietzsche had Wagner's art-work in mind for this mission, at least to a certain extent. But as we know this didn't happen, or was made too imperialistic to happen, so man became myth-less man, man became abstract man, roving philosophically, culturally lawless, unchecked by myth-religion, consuming knowledge for knowledge sake, grubbing for roots. Life became a science, not a life. Postmodernism is mostly non-life and non-material conceptions.

The cure I reflect upon in this blog does not rest merely upon tragic art as Nietzsche advocated but with revitalized religion, religion which can master science, philosophy and art, where both science and religion can supervise our material and supermaterial evolution to Godhood, yet a religion tied to past myth-religion in that the Godhood sought through material-supermaterial evolution is the God or Father-Within mirrored or symbolized in the inward path of the great religions.

This can bring the renewed moral and symbolic world we miss and need. Cultural revival requires the renewal of religion. And what is the goal of true culture and religion? To evolve great men and women forward from a cooperating variety of separate evolving people and bonded groups, and ethnostates, as human nature prefers, evolving beyond the human species all the way to Godhood in the cosmos...This is how I think Nietzsche paved the way for the renewal of evolutionary religion, even though he declared God dead prematurely.

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