Monday, April 03, 2017
"Culture" is the manifestation of evolution in man and through man, and it is evolution that is divine. "Manifestation" is not merely an inward glowing of enlightenment. And it's all material.
Radical not conservative? I think not. The Inward Path of traditional religion, which settles for that inward glow of enlightenment, is included but transformed in the Outward Path of material evolution to supermaterial Godhood.
If you want to speak of the essence of the divine in man, it is the material activation of material life to evolve toward Godhood, which is defined here as the material activation of the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood.
This is the "boundary-drawing" force of religion and politics. It is material culture identified with the divine, and even with the utilitarianism of daily life, because culture is seen as trying to understand the best way to evolve in the material world to supermaterial Godhood.
This pursuit does not lead to multicultural empires, where evolution is paused, it leads to the decentralization of an ethnopluralism of ethnostates.
( A response to "Ut Plures Sint" by Anthony Esolen in Chronicles April 2017)