Comment at Darwin's God, from naturalism to paganism to superstition

It seems as if the authors know that if someone logically rejects the most socially accepted (to the point of being expected) form of superstition [i.e. Christianity], then there is little hope for their new agey, short half-life, money-making drone memes to hook in.

Not really, whatever things “seem” like to you historical facts show that those most anxious to do away with the Jewish influence tended toward pseudo-science and superstition. It would also “seem” that this pattern continues to this day, e.g.:

The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won’t create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition.* And that’s not a conclusion to take on faith — it’s what the empirical data tell us.
“What Americans Really Believe,” a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.
Look Who’s Irrational Now(emphasis added)

*E.g.

It is hard to explain what the neopagans….believe. They do not know themselves. Their movement is a part of the new nationalism and of a peculiar National Socialist mysticism. It has no articles of faith and it parades its lack of dogma. All of the various types of neopagans are agreed only in one thing-their rejection of Christianity and the established churches…
(The Nordic Pagan Chant Grows Louder
by Albion Rossberlin
The New York Times, Aug 4, 1935; pg. 3-4)

It is ironic that a proponent of evolutionary creation myths chose to use a norse god as an example of superstition. If history is any measure then the elimination and marginalization of Jewish tradition (i.e. “creationism”) by those who would turn science into the equivalent of nature based paganism will lead back to superstition, not away from it.

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2 Responses

  1. Are the Neopagans the same people who promulgated this notion of the Gaia hypothesis or did I just mess up fairly badly?

  2. No, the Nazi neopagans believed in Romanticism and that industrialization and so on was alienating people from Nature or the “Blood and Soil.” The Gaia hypothesis is a symptom of similar “Mommy Nature” psychological dynamics with ancient roots (thus the name) but the neopagans referenced in that news article didn’t identify their form of nature based paganism in that way. (Although they did want to go back to ancient forms of paganism and pretty much anything to rebel against the Jewish God would do.)

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