It was Neitzsche who proclaimed God is dead. However, this wasn’t entirely a good idea according to Neitzsche. Until the age of Enlightenment, having faith in God established a system of justice and fairness through belief in a all benevolent, loving and grace-filled God. Faith in God is the cornerstone for moral and ethical conduct–pro-social interactions–and common core values such as, altruism, compassion (empathy), love, conscience and sense of justice (autonomy). According to Robert Wright (1994), “all these are the things that hold society together, the things that allow our species think so highly of itself, can now be said to have a firm genetic basis” (p. 12). Both Wright and Neitzsche, of course, are atheists. The infamous text, “God is dead” first originated in his treatise The Gay Science, which most people have never read and never will read. Today, the idea of moral relativism set forth by the social constructivists, has created a sense of selfish entitlement sowing seeds of moral and ethical confusion. More recently, “your truth is your truth and my truth is mine” has given way to a double bind, dualism where alternative perspectives, honest and open debate and search for truth and scientific inquiry has been replaced with group think and pressure to conform to the unreality of socially constructed lies. If you don’t go along with the charade, you are too fragile and a “racist” Deangelo (2020). Make no mistake, this movement is no “paradigm shift” or tipping point, it’s a malicious and cruel attempt to rewrite truth and facts, divide and separate God’s creations (Kuhn, 1996).
I have just finished reading two books with opposing views, White Fragility (2018) by Robbin Deangelo and Blackout (2020) by Candice Owens. Science requires we test so-called truths, ask questions and challenge assumptions. True scientists seek to understand alternative perspectives and epistemology. That’s what we do. It is unfortunate, but most scientists merely repeat old and spent ideas. In a word, they are biased. Some believe that undoing tradition leads to a new system (kingdom) of truly free agents–free from the bondages of natural core values, indeed, free from foundational American traditions and values. However, Nietzsche believed that “the removal of this system put most people at the risk of despair or meaninglessness. What could the point of life be without a God?”
The universe wasn’t made solely for human existence anymore. Nietzsche feared that this understanding of the world would lead to pessimism, “a will to nothingness” that was antithetical to the life-affirming philosophy Nietzsche prompted. His fear of nihilism and our reaction to it was illustrated in The Will to Power, when he wrote that: “What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism… For some time now our whole European culture has been moving as toward a catastrophe” (Abrams, Daniel, Haley Yaple, and Richard Wiener, 2016). He would not have been surprised by the recent events that plague American culture in the 21st century teetering on the precipice of Marxism, once again. Some people never learn from the past. Why? The spent and foolish idea of socialism is like a broken and scratched record playing the same old tune over and over again. This is most perplexing.
The fruit of the liberal progressive, social constructivism agenda to transform America has been selfish, vain contempt for science and narcissistic nihilism (Collins, 1998). In a prior blog I shared how we got here. So, we have been lied to about so many things for so long, and mainstream and social media has cancelled free speech, honest and open debate and obfuscated the truth, we no longer know what is valid, reliable and trustworthy knowledge. I believe that the, so called, Russian hoax paved the way for the death of science. We can can actually learn something from the Russians–those who have experienced socialism and survived Marxism. Solzhenitsyn feared that the West would abandon its own moral and spiritual ideas and identity. He viewed the West’s weakness, including its weakness in truly standing up to Marxism as the fruit of materialism, self-indulgent individualism, and narcissism. Solzhenitsyn, a legendary human rights activist, warned America and the West that we had become too focused on rights instead of personal responsibility. So the death of science is preceded by the loss of faith, family and virtue. There has been a solid declining trend in church attendance and traditional nuclear family values (Barna, 2021). And now, some educators are teaching children to feel shamed for the color of their skin (National Equity Project). This is nothing more than modern day babble and noise. It’s not the truth. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (1 Corinthians 4:20, NIV). By all means, God would have us consider carefully what we hear and the source of the information, but in all things we are instructed, Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” Proverbs 15:4, “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Abrams, Daniel, Haley Yaple, and Richard Wiener. “ArXiv.org Physics ArXiv:1012.1375v2.” [1012.1375v2] A Mathematical Model of Social Group Competition with Application to the Growth of Religious Non-affiliation. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Aug. 2016.
Aldridge, J. (2014). Hart and science of transform-action. Paper presented at the Forum International de L’Innovation Sociale: Autorité, Leadership & Transformation, Dourdan, France.
Collins, R. (1998). The sociology of philosophies: A global theory of intellectual change. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Deangelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Kuhn, T. S. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions. (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lash, S. (1999). Another modernity: A different rationality. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Ornstein, R. (1991). Evolution of consciousness: The origins of the way we think. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Owens, C. (2020). Blackout: How black America can make its second escape from the democratic plantation. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
Wright, R. (1994). The moral animal. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.