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Since Darwin’s introduction of the theory of Evolution, some Christians; particularly Protestant Christians, have been uncomfortable with the idea that all species share a common ancestry.  

 

To them it would seem that science is out to destroy religion, in particular the accounts of Creation in the book of Genesis.  They fight with great zeal against science seeing it as the sword of atheism.  

 

This of course is not so.  Science does not belong to atheism nor atheism to science.  Science exists to explain nature to us via reason and empirical observation.  It cannot dictate faith or morals.  

 

There is no doubt that Evolution is a reality in nature.  Anyone who denies this is simply in denial.  Our method of scientific study which derived from a Catholic Franciscan Friar named Roger Bacon has aided us enormously in showing the reality of Evolution.  The Earth was not created in six literal 24 hour periods.  The events describe in Genesis are meant to convey the reality that yes the universe has a Creator and man’s place in that creation.  It also informs us of man’s fall from grace.  Genesis is not meant to be read as an exact detailed account of how God created the world.  The Earth is not 6,000 years old.  Man was not literally designed using soil, nor is woman a product of a rib.  This is not the intention of the book of Genesis.  As Galileo stated. “The Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.”

 

It is disturbing to see some Christians defend the fundamentalist interpretation of the book of Genesis.  It is also very embarrassing to keep that interpretation in light of the scientific knowledge we possess.  Both St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas warned about making Christianity look foolish in light of science.  St. Augustine writes:

 

Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of the faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men…. Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by these who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion. (pp. 42-43, A Commentary on Genesis: Two Books against the Manichees)

 

… worked out and presented the statements of the book of Genesis in a variety of ways according to my ability; and, in interpreting words that have been written obscurely for the purpose of stimulating our thought, I have not rashly taken my stand on one side against a rival interpretation which might possibly be better. I have thought that each one, in keeping with his powers of understanding, should choose the interpretation that he can grasp. Where he cannot understand Holy Scripture, let him glorify ” and fear for himself. (pp. 43-44, ibid)

 

St. Augustine as usual is right on target by warning that Christians should not interpret Scripture in such a way that will bring about mockery and present Christianity as superstition or purely ignorant.  Christians who profess Creationism do exactly this!  Despite the evidence present before their eyes, they will adamantly deny it and insist in the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.  This attitude in turn invalidates Christianity.  Christianity becomes another folk religion attempting to describe nature via absurdities.  A close study of atheist writings and blogs, even tweets on twitter will show that they focus on this.  They mock Creationists who adhere to such nonsense, vis a vis, the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.  

 

St Thomas Aquinas, one of the most brilliant minds of the Catholic Church who promoted the use of both Faith and Reason had this to say:

One should not try to defend the Christian faith with arguments that are so patently opposed to reason that the faith is made to look ridiculous… irrisio infidelium, the scorn of the unbelievers.

 

To these words I shout AMEN!  We Christians should not defend the Christian faith with arguments that will make it look stupid.  God is about truth.  If we truly believe that God created this universe and this Earth, then we must accept the reality of how it functions and how it exists.  We must accept the realities it contains which we learn from in regards to Evolution and carbon dating.  Yes, science is fallible and is not perfect; however, it is good enough to be trusted and religion can learn from it and vice versa.  

 

As the book Physics, Philosophy, and Theology states:

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world. A world in which both can flourish… – Physics, Philosophy, and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding, 1988

Creationists who insist on preaching absurd fundamentalist ideas are doing great harm to Christianity.  This is one of the reasons why atheism is continuing to gain numbers.  Who wants to belong to a faith of idiots in a world where more people are more educated than ever before?  

 

Evolution is not a threat to religion.  As I wrote in my blog post regarding Bill Nye’s comments on Creationism:

 

 

“We cannot read the accounts of Creation in Genesis literally.  This will bring about many problems.  

The Catholic Church does not have an official position on creation only that God created us.  However, Evolution seems to be the side the Church takes.  The recent pontificates of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have publicly voiced approval of the theory of Evolution.

The first mention of evolution was in the encyclical Humanis Generis. Pope Pius XII states:

“The Teaching Authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions, on the part of men experiences in both fields, take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—for the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God.”

 

Pope Pius XII basically says that evolution can be accepted as long as the teaching that souls are immediately created by God is held alongside it.  

Blessed John Paul II had this to say to the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences in 1996:

“In his encyclical Humani Generis (1950), my predecessor Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation, provided that we do not lose sight of certain fixed points…. Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than a hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies—which was neither planned nor sought—constitutes in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory.”

 

Here the late Pontiff states that evolution and faith are not in disagreement.  He even goes as far as giving merit to the theory of evolution as being supported by evidence.

Pope Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratizinger wrote:

“We cannot say: creation or evolution, inasmuch as these two things respond to two different realities. The story of the dust of the earth and the breath of God, which we just heard, does not in fact explain how human persons come to be but rather what they are. It explains their inmost origin and casts light on the project that they are. And, vice versa, the theory of evolution seeks to understand and describe biological developments. But in so doing it cannot explain where the ‘project’ of human persons comes from, nor their inner origin, nor their particular nature. To that extent we are faced here with two complementary—rather than mutually exclusive—realities.” –In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

 

Evolution is an important theory to teach our children.  The story of Creation is also important to teach.  However, this story must be taught in a way that children can understand it in relation to what we know today via evolution.  Who cares if we came from slime, fish, apes or a rock.  The important thing is that God created us and we are here now.  

In 1987, the United States Supreme Court ruled the teaching of Creationism unconstitutional… Evolution does not disqualify God as Creator.  If anything, it shows the genius of God and how He uses natural processes in order to bring about life.”

 

Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI also voiced his concern at the mere existence of the Evolution vs Creationism debate.  He stated, “They [creationism/evolution] are presented as alternatives that exclude each other, this clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”  Pope Emeritus calls the debate “an absurdity” and rightfully so.  It is preposterous to adhere to a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis in light of scientific facts that exist today.

 

 

Those who call themselves “Creationists” and profess faith in Christ Jesus do a great disservice to His name.  Jesus is all about the truth, not lies. (John 14:6)  Satan is the father of lies. (John 8:44)

 

Science cannot destroy religion.  Science is not against the Catholic Church nor the Catholic Church against science.  As the Catechism states:

 

“…methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things the of the faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are” paragraph 159

 

Science and Faith must work together in order to solve many of the world’s problems.  Religious fundamentalism will only destroy humanity.  Religious fundamentalism is what drives fanatics like deceased terrorist Osama Bin Laden who sought to attack the west due to his literal interpretation of the Qu’ran.  Because of him, Islam is now being branded as a religion of terrorism and oppression.  

Do we want Christianity to be labeled as a religion of the ignorant?  Catholicism, the original form of Christianity founded by Christ Himself is responsible for the formation of modern science as we know it. This is why Popes embrace science and do not run from it.  Other Christians, though not part of real churches, are still Christian by name and must stay clear of superstitious beliefs and a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.

Christians who call themselves “creationists” and deny Evolution do great harm to the credibility of the Christian faith.  They must be educated and must learn how to accept the reality of Evolution.  

 

It is silly to defend a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis against Evolution when our own genes are over 96% identical to that of a Bonobo.  There is no denying this fact.

 

        

 

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7 Comments

  1. Ben says:

    You make some excellent points in this post. If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years on this subject, it is that I (we) don’t know enough to be over-confident, and terminology can often be tricky. I have taken a somewhat laid-back approach to the whole debate, and it has been nice. There are no conflicts between the Bible and science, so there is no reason to fear.

    I consider myself to be a “creationist” in that I believe that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. I have no problem with Him using the Big Bang and taking as much time as He liked (and the Hebrew word “yom” in Genesis for day/epoch/era allows for this). I suppose He could have used evolution in some way (I don’t lose sleep over the prospect) but I’m quite convinced that the universe and earth are billions of years old either way. It sounds like you might be of the “framework” view of creation, seeing a more poetic/literary interpretation of Genesis making the most sense. I could be persuaded along those lines, but I’m still pretty sure I’d want to call myself a creationist.

    As far as our “own genes are over 96% identical to that of a Bonobo” is concerned, I might be inclined to chalk that up to the Designer using similar genetic material, but not necessarily concrete evidence of a similar ancestor.

    I think we’re both frustrated by the damage done by “young-earth creationists”, but if they have hijacked the term “creationist” for themselves so that “old-earth creationists” like myself may no longer use it then that’s a bummer for sure.

    I have found the following to be helpful:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Genesis-Debate-Three-Creation/dp/0970224508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368795604&sr=8-1&keywords=the+genesis+debate

    http://www.reasons.org/

    Anyway, thanks for an interesting post. Take care and God bless.

    -Ben

    • Sacerdotus says:

      Hello Ben, thanks for reading. Whether God used the same genetic material or we started from one species does not take away from God’s creative power. Nature gives witness to God. Evolution, the “Big Bang” and any new discoveries in Science will continue to give this witness. As I stated, Science does not belong to Atheism.

  2. St. Augustine’s observations have been taken out of context. Augustine affirmed instantaneous creation ex nihilo rather than the six day interpretation. For Augustine, God spoke and creation ‘was.’

    With respect to Darwin’s evolutionary theory, he is not its’ inventor. He received the idea from his pagan grandfather Erasmus Darwin, a high-ranking Mason committed to the destruction of the Christian Church.

    By its’ nature evolution belongs to the category of naturalism, making it antithetical to supernatural special creation. As an idea it is like an onion containing many layers of esoteric meaning.

    Prior to Erasmus many evolutionary cosmologies existed going back to the Renaissance and before that to ancient Chaldea and India where it is connected to reincarnation.

    Evolution appeared in Christendom during the Renaissance when certain Christian theologians, mystics and scholars such as Emanuel Swedenborg had discovered Hermetic magic, occult Jewish Kabbalah texts and Eastern mystical traditions including reincarnation and spiritual evolution which they studied and translated resulting in Hermetic Kabbalah. Then like Pico della Mirandola, they argued that occult hermetic science – the divine technology or Magic Way of reaching divine status and powers through ritual procedures (spiritual evolution) is the best proof of the divinity of Christ. In other words,

    “…..by the time of the Renaissance the esoteric texts of the first centuries A.D. had acquired in scholarly and humanist circles an unparalleled prestige, confronting as equals the texts held sacred by the church. In Pico’s estimation, ‘nulla est scientia que nos magis certificet de divinitate Christ quam magia et Cabala’ (there is no science that would prove for us Christ’s divinity better than magic and the Cabala.)” (”God and the Knowledge of Reality,” Thomas Molnar, pp. 78-79)

    Hermetic magic and Babylonian Jewish Kabbalah are ancient Mystery Religion traditions bespeaking evolutionary transformism from one kind of lower thing to another kind of higher thing.

    Hermeticism is an ancient Egyptian secret magic tradition based on a set of fourteen books known collectively as the Corpus Hermeticum attributed to a mysterious figure known as Hermes Trismegistus. Implied in Hermeticism is an evolutionary process of magical transformism:

    “Human beings are themselves the product of a long spiritual evolutionary process that moves from ‘creeping things’ to fish, mammals, birds and then people. Humans can – through occult knowledge and extraordinary ability – continue this evolutionary process and become daemons, then gods, and finally planets or stars.” (The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition, James A. Herrick, p. 40)

    Like its’ Hermetic counterpart, Kabala implies a process of evolutionary transformism:

    “…the older Enoch book (gives) a fuller insight into the “Merkabah” and “Bereshit” lore of the ancients than the “Hekalot,” which present but fragments, while the central figure of the Cabala, Meṭaṭron-Enoch, is seen in ch. lxx.-lxxi. in a process of transformation.” (Cabala, Jewish Encyclopedia)

    From the post-flood world of ancient Babylon to our own, the majority of the world’s people have lived under the tyranny of powers, principalities and various determinisms – karma, reincarnation, evolution, fates, furies, chance, cause, doom, natural selection, and genes. They believed that all events in the real world were predestined and controlled by unseen forces of the cosmos that the apostle Paul described as the elemental spirits of the universe.

    When Jesus Christ God incarnate demonstrated His absolute control over the elements (Luke 8:24) the tyranny of determinism was cast down and utterly broken. In the fourth century Gregory of Nazianzen suggested that at the very moment when the Magi came to worship the child of Mary and Joseph, it was then that the tyranny of determinism was broken:

    “From that moment onward, the cosmos has orbited around the newborn king…Christ is the logos – the word and the reason by whom all exists and to whom all is ordered.” (American Babylon, Neuhaus, p. 226)

    Father Richard John Neuhaus connects modern evolutionary scientism to its’ ancient spiritual foundations in astrology. In his book, “American Babylon,” Neuhaus argues that astrological elemental spirits have been recast as,

    “…evolutionary dynamics, life forces, or laws of nature.” Though described as laws rather than spirits, these elemental “forces”…. work their inexorable ways in cold indifference to reason, to will, to love, and to hope. In short, it is suggested that the elemental spirits are in charge and that human freedom is a delusion.”(p. 226)

    Either God spoke or He did not. If He did, then the Light that came into the world perfectly fulfills all prophecy from the antediluvian world to the post-flood world of Moses and the Prophets. If God spoke then what He revealed to Moses with respect to the miracle of creation is thesis, making evolution antithesis.

    Early Church Fathers such as John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and Ephraim the Syrian, all of whom wrote commentaries on Genesis, specifically warned against treating Genesis as an unhistorical myth or allegory as apostate Cabbalist Jews and Gnostics such as Simon Magus taught and is common today. John Chrysostom strongly warned against paying heed to these people,

    “…let us stop up our hearing against them, and let us believe the Divine Scripture, and following what is written in it, let us strive to preserve in our souls sound dogmas.” (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 31)

    As St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote, higher theological, spiritual meaning is founded upon humble, simple faith in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis and one cannot apprehend rightly the Scriptures without believing in the historical reality of the events and people they describe. (ibid, Seraphim Rose, p. 40)

    Evolutionary scientism is not empirical science but rather occult science. You do defenders of creation a grave injustice by besmirching them as anti-science when in reality they are the defenders of thesis against the destructive incursion of antithesis (occultism) into the Word of God.

    • Sacerdotus says:

      There is nothing in Evolution that disqualifies a creative power (God). I agree with you that scientism is not good and actually makes science look bad. However, we cannot deny the facts of evolution. Therefore, ideas relying on the literal 6 day creation story cannot be accepted as fact.

      • You are confusing observational science with metaphysical sophistry (evolutionary scientism). There is nothing factual about evolutionary scientism as even Karl Popper (1902-1994), a British philosopher and a professor at the London School of Economics admitted. Because he is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century, what Popper had to say about Darwinism is of utmost importance to the increasingly ugly war being waged by evolutionists and their theological counterparts against faithful creationists.

        Though Popper was an evolutionist, he nevertheless forthrightly stated that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory but rather a metaphysical research program. By this he means that not only is Darwinism metaphysical (spiritual), but so are its’ two most important foundations, classical empiricism and the observationalist philosophy of science that grew out of it.

        Empiricism is a theory of knowledge that contradicts itself by asserting that human knowledge comes only or primarily via sensory experience rather than the mind while observationalism asserts that human knowledge and theories must be based on empirical observations….instead of the mind. For this reason, Popper argued strongly against empiricism and observationalism, saying that scientific theories and human knowledge generally, is conjectural or hypothetical and is generated by the creative imagination.

        Where they speak frankly, evolutionists admit their fear and hatred of the Triune God of Revelation who spoke all things into existence ex nihilo:

        “…one belief that all true original Darwinians held in common, and that was their rejection of creationism, their rejection of special creation. This was the flag around which they assembled and under which they marched…. The conviction that the diversity of the natural world was the result of natural processes and not the work of God was the idea that brought all the so-called Darwinians together in spite of their disagreements on other of Darwin’s theories. (One Long Argument,1991, p. 99, Ernst Mayr, 1904–2005, Professor of Zoology at Harvard University)

        “We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” (“Billions and Billions of Demons,” Richard Lewontin (b. 1929), PhD Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at Harvard University)

        Evolutionism is a fraud. It is metaphysical sophistry, and this is why Mark Armitage, a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN) was fired after he discovered soft tissue on a Triceratops fossil, an obvious refutation of the tens of millions of years story necessary to the evolution myth.

        Armitage worked as a researcher and supervised the school’s electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific organizations, including the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences, but evolutionists forced him out, declaring “We will not tolerate your religion in this department!” (‘We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion!’ School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution, Garrett Haley, Christian News Network, July 24, 2014)

        Again, evolution is a fraud, as Colin Patterson attests. Patterson writes that after studying evolutionary theory for many years, he finally “woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolutionism as revealed truth in some way.” Patterson goes on to say:

        “One of the reasons I started taking this anti-evolutionary view, or let’s call it a non- evolutionary view, was last year I had a sudden realization for over twenty years I had thought I was working on evolution in some way. One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it. That’s quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long. Either there was something wrong with me or there was something wrong with evolutionary theory. Naturally, I know there is nothing wrong with me, so for the last few weeks I’ve tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people….Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing, that is true? I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, ‘I do know one thing — it ought not to be taught in high school.'” (“Evolutionism and Creationism” November 5, 1981, p. 2, Colin Patterson (1933–1998), Senior Paleontologist at British Museum of Natural History)

        Millions of people, including Pope Benedict have been deceived. On July 24, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI delivered a homily in northern Italy’s Cathedral of Aosta before Vespers. Toward the end of his homily he praised the French Jesuit heretic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin as a model for priests, attributing to him the idea of a cosmic liturgy, which he said was something they should aim to achieve:

        “So our address to God becomes an address to ourselves: God invites us to join with him, to leave behind the ocean of evil, hatred, violence and selfishness and to make ourselves known, to enter into the river of his love….”Let Your Church offer herself to You as a living and holy sacrifice. This request, addressed to God, is made also to ourselves. It is a reference to two passages from the Letter to the Romans. We ourselves, with our whole being, must be adoration and sacrifice and, by transforming our world, give it back to God.” (Benedict XVI Praises Cosmic Liturgy of Teilhard de Chardin; traditioninaction.org)

        Evolution: the Universal Energy

        Teilhard (1881-1955) was an evolutionary scientist, New Age Hindu-style pantheist and occult Hermetic and alchemical magician who on behalf of his Great Work, sought fusion of opposites, for example, of Jesus Christ with both Shiva (The Destroyer) and Lapis Philosophorum (enlightenment, elixir of life), and man with Omega point (Void, Abyss), the very substance of God.

        Western esotericism, or occultism, is the search for and study of an unseen reality. It is arcane knowledge of the hidden and its’ powers. This arcane knowledge is meant only for certain people such as Teilhard de Chardin and fellow practitioners of the magic way.

        Occult sciences include, but are not limited to, Hermetic magic, alchemy, astrology, divination, and spiritualism (contact with spirits). Interpretation of occultism and its concepts can be found in nature philosophies, esoteric evolutionary biology and occult pagan systems such as Gnosticism, Cabbala, Theosophy, Wicca, Satanism, Thelema and neo-paganism.

        A general definition is offered by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke:

        “Occultism has its basis in a religious way of thinking, the roots of which stretch back into antiquity and which may be described as the Western esoteric tradition. Its principal ingredients have been identified as Gnosticism, the Hermetic treatises on alchemy and magic, Neo-Platonism, and the Kabbalah, all originating in the eastern Mediterranean area during the first few centuries AD.” (The Occult Roots of Nazism, Good-Rick-Clarke, p. 17)

        Under cover of ‘modern science,’ evolutionary biology is actually arcane gnosis arising from a religious outlook based in a philosophy of naturalism and programmatic alchemy. When asked why the layman should be interested,”in so esoteric a subject as evolutionary biology,” one of the leading evolutionists of our day, Professor S.J. Gould, candidly responded:

        “Because it tells us where we came from, how we got here, and perhaps where we are going. Quite simply, it is science’s version of Roots, except it is the story of us all.” (The Religious Nature of Evolution Theory and its Attack on Christianity, John G. Leslie and Charles K. Pallaghy, Ph.D, creation.com)

        Evolutionary biology’s genesis account is an ages old alchemical vision holding that billions of years ago lifeless chemicals were magically birthed from ‘nothing’ when a fiery Cosmic Egg (Big Bang) inexplicably exploded. Then these dead things magically combined and transcended themselves after a hundred or a thousand identical operations thereby allowing the miraculous transmutation of dead things (chemicals) into life. Once life miraculously arose from the dead, natural processes (occult powers) were set in motion that after passage of vast ages supposedly eventuated in the arrival of man:

        “If man has arrived at his present state as a result of natural processes rather than a supernatural will, he can learn to control these processes…The concept of evolution, which is now basic to the life sciences, has provided new and in some ways revolutionary answers to questions men have been asking for centuries. The two most important of these are, ‘Why am I here, what is the purpose of human existence, and what is the nature of the world of life that surrounds us?” (Dobzhansky, T., Ayala, F.J., Stebbins, G.L. and Valentine, J.W., Evolution, W.H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco, 1977)

        Teilhard’s goal was not the mere control of hidden powers but the ancient quest of alchemy to perfect the material world or cosmos thereby transmuting (deifying) himself by way of his own fusion with the Divine Energy variously known throughout the ancient and modern world as Serpent Power, Zoe, the Force, Vril, Kundalini, etc. which evolve or emanate from the Watery Abyss, Void, Divine Mens, Omega, Brahman and Quantum Void – the energy field,

        “…from which all material energies emanate.” (The Meaning of the Magicians, Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, p. 118)

        Pauwels and Bergier’s book heralded a new dawning of an age of alchemy. Like Carl Jung and Teilhard they understood the religious impulse of alchemy:

        “For the alchemist, it must never be forgotten that power over matter and energy is only a secondary reality. The real aim of the alchemist’s activities, which are perhaps the remains of a very old science belonging to a civilization long extinct, is the transformation of the alchemist himself, his accession to a higher state of consciousness…Everything is oriented towards the transmutation of man…his deification, his fusion with the divine energy… (and) as Teilhard put it: ‘The real aim of physics should be to integrate Man as a totality in a coherent representation of the world.” (ibid)

        Alchemy is above all the ancient royal occult science of the secret initiates of Babylon, the gnostic magicians who sought esoteric knowledge in their quest to perform the great work. Mircea Eliade explains:

        “The aim of the opus magnum (great work) was at once the freeing of the human soul and the healing of the cosmos….In the eyes of the alchemists, observes Jung, Christianity saved man but not nature. It is the alchemist’s dream to heal the world in its totality; the Philosopher’s Stone is conceived as the Filius Macrcosmoi who heals the world…The ultimate goal of the opus is Cosmic Salvation; for this reason, the Lapis Philosophorum is identified with Christ.” (The Forge and the Crucible: The Origin and Structure of Alchemy, 1956, p. 225)

        Teilhard began his great work by conjuring a New Religion:

        “As you already know, what dominates my interest and my preoccupations is the effort to establish in myself and to spread around a new religion (you may call it a better Christianity) in which the personal God ceases to be the great Neolithic proprietor of former times, in order to become the soul of the world; our religious and cultural stage calls for this.” (Lettres a Leontine Zanta, quoted by von Hildebrand in Trojan Horse in the City of God, 1967, p. 239)

        He consciously abandoned the ‘old’ unscientific, anti-evolutionary form of Christian theism which held that Jesus Christ “…is the beginning of the creation of God” (Apoc. 3:14), “the firstborn of every creature: For in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…He is before all, and by Him all things consist…that in all things He may hold the primacy.” (Col. 1:15-18)

        He had nothing but contempt for Scripture’s six day creation account, fall of Adam and Eve, Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, His bodily resurrection and ascension, and hope of eternal life in Paradise:

        “…all those goody-goody romances about the saints and the martyrs! Whatever normal child would want to spend eternity in such boring company?” (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 584)

        We need a ‘new definition of holiness,’ said Teilhard, one that is predicated upon science and evolutionary change rather than the outdated, restrictive “for other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is Christ Jesus.” (1Cor 3:11) Henceforth, all theories, hypotheses, systems, Christianity and Jesus Christ Himself must bow before esoteric science and evolution if they are to be thinkable and true:

        “The modern world is a world in evolution; hence the static concepts of the spiritual life must be rethought and the classical teachings of Christ must be reinterpreted.” (ibid)

        Toward the goal of Cosmic Salvation Teilhard subsumed Jesus Christ (John 1:1) into His own creation and secularized and paganized Christian theism to become the prophet of alchemy who has discovered that through fusion of universal evolutionism and the Genesis account of creation the cosmos becomes divine. In this way the magician promises to fulfill the ancient quest: the opus magnum. With this great power, said Teilhard:

        “…I can increase the density of the divine atmosphere…that atmosphere in which it is always my one desire to be immersed….” (ibid)

        Now that the cosmos is God, and the cosmos is evolving, then God too is in process of evolving, therefore,

        “…the World…endomorphizes God, and that God….transforms himself as He incorporates us…All around us and within our own selves, God is in the process of changing….” (The Heart of the Matter, de Chardin, pp. 52-53)

        In place of ‘the earlier conception that God could create instantaneously,’ the magician now teaches that God is both the Evolver and the object of evolution and,

        “…cannot create except evolutively.” (Christianity and Evolution, de Chardin, p. 179)

        Teilhard’s ‘God’ is not the omnipotent, omniscient, living, personal God Who called everything into existence in six days, but an “it:”

        “…God’s power has not so free a field for its action as we assume; on the contrary…it labors to produce…it is always obliged, in the course of its creative effort, to pass through a whole series of intermediaries and to overcome a whole succession of inevitable risks…” (ibid, p.31)

        The evolving “it” has deified human consciousness through three great leaps of evolution:

        1. Cosmo genesis (Big Bang): the explosive birth of energy then matter from nothingness

        2. Biogenesis: alchemical transmutation of life from chemicals eventually followed by living forms

        3. Noogenesis: the evolution of human consciousness which heralds the emergence of “cosmogenesis-God,” the impersonal “it” that replaces,

        “…the Father-God of two thousand years ago…” (ibid, p. 202)

        Teilhard encouraged Christians to submit to the process of evolution because the promise of this living force is godhood through fusion with the substance of God:

        “Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God. In (the old, traditional form of Christianity), the universal domination of Christ could…still be regarded as an extrinsic and superimposed power. In a spiritually converging world, this ‘Christic’ energy acquires an urgency and intensity of another order altogether.” (Seraphim Rose, p. 590, emphasis added)

        In conclusion, evolutionism is harmful to orthodox Christianity. It is strange fire; metaphysical sophistry; sleight of hand; magic; serpent power, kundalini, zoe; Teilhard’s Golden Calf.

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