The Book Your Church Doesn’t Want You To Read

I just got a copy of this previously cited book which I can recommend as entirely germane to our socio-religious context, subject only to the reality that secular humanist tracts can have their own problems: their claims are not new religious/secular dogmas.  The book (as usual is too expensive) and needs a cheap Kindle version. (There is an online PDF on google but it is somehow flawed and hard to read). The issue of Christianity and Judaism deserve the challenge of secular humanists but the latter can themselves be challenged. The hard reality is that religious claims can prove illusory without making some kind of ‘spiritual’ realm impossible, however metaphysical. The point is clearer in Buddhism which did not project claims onto the metaphysical unknown.

That said, this book and its already considerable, parallel legacy literature is proving fatal to the reign of Judaeo-Christian social domination. And that includes modern Israel, the final botch of the whole tradition and an abortion of state formation that gives a vehicle to a dangerous mafia of geopolitical Zionist gangsters. The latter along with the US CIA have perpetrated a genocidal horror on the Middle East that rivals the Holocaust in its vicious horror. Yet in the end the status of Israel in terms of Biblical history is almost complete rubbish. God did not grant jews special status nor to ‘Israel’,and the whole Christian New Testament is a farce of falsities worthy of the bunko squd. The claim of ‘Jews’ (we don’t even understand their genetic status; the origin of current Judaic populations to Kazahian Caucasians has been clearly tabled) to Israel was always a pack of lies, and the result in the last three generations has proven a calamity to the world and a double calamity to Jews who have lost forever the integrity of a once honorable religious tradition. Evangelicals and Israelis are at the last fag end of the whole muddle, hopeless from the start, of Judeo-Christian social domination and religious propaganda. That said, the exposure of Jews to a hard truth exposes them in turn to violent reactions and here in apparent contradiction to what we have said, protection of Jews in the US is needed in the context of history’s clear spawn of movements to liquidate them. NOT! And yet at the same time the secular tide is inexorable and the passing away of Christianity and Judaism is inevitable and the attempt to forestall that in the state of Israel has backfired with lurid precision. The American Republic in its great tolerance has ended up at risk from Christian fanatics and that sordid horror, no fan of democracy, Mossad and its doppelganger, the Jewish lobby.

Christianity and Buddhism

Click to access buddh_xtian_axial.pdf

Buddhism shows the way that religions are part of ‘evolution’ in the sense of
the ‘eonic evolution of civilization’:
Cf. Decoding World History, and WHEE: civilization, darwinism and theories of evolution

We didn’t say much about Christianity in our post on Buddhism and the eonic model.
It is a very controversial subject and an almost tragic one. We will continue tomorrow with this
but let us note that model shows how Christianity lacked the depth and momentum of Buddhism and
ended (in one passing remark, a junk religion) in the worst case of a state religion used to dominate
a political culture or cultures in his final phase in the era of Constantine.
For a real Buddhist Christianity is a kind of catastrophe that replaced meditation with a reduced
version of theurgy as ‘prayer’ and a saga/myth based on metaphysical suppositions where in Buddhism
despite its seeming transcendent character everything is empirically verifiable in space-time, e.g the path to
and the state of Enlightenment: this must be realized in space-time.
Christianity merely promises direct contact with god/Jesus via prayer and a passage to heaven upon doing nothing except to have faith
which has no empirical verification. The situation is ripe for fraud and political manipulation.
The Jesus figure is very hard to fathom, and even his existence is subject to intractable debate.
The whole religion operated on a strange tour de force based on reports of witnesses to
a resurrection, a tactic that against all odds took off as a rapidly expanding cult.
Let’s face it, the disinformation here defeats easy analysis. But lets at least note, as we did
with Buddhism, that religions tend to correlate with a given era and then wane somewhere in the
middle of the next, the exact fate apparently underway with Christianity which is rapidly fading away
except so far in the Global South, and in the US despite its weakening hold. Halfway through this era seems much too
long, i.e. 3000 AD. But our analysis is a rough approximation, and roughly confirmed.
We said that Hinduism was an exception but that is only because ‘hinduism’ if you zoom to see what
it is close up is in fact nothing at all, so it can’t fade away: the world of India is a vast spiritual
archaeological site of multiple variants (like Buddhism) on a kind of archetypal ‘hindu’ theme.
The issue of Christianity then is highly vexed as to its real status. It has been said thus over and over
by many critics.
There is more to say here but we will continue tomorrow.

The period of Jesus himself is almost beyond reducing to fact and we cited The Book the Church
Doesn’t Want You to Read for its multiple references to Biblical Criticism.

The Book Your Church Doesn’t Want You To Read

Our discussion of Buddhism in world history should include a discussion of Christianity next to Mahayana, but the task is very difficult on a subject that is plagued with confusion. This book contains a lot of references to the literature of Biblical commentary/criticism and its many and endless controversies. Just getting the relevant books is a daunting task without access to a good library. It is difficult to determine the real facts of the case, to put it mildly. There is a free pdf online, but it is a very strange and botched text in that form.

Modeling the Future of Religion in America | Portside

Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” This accelerating trend is reshaping the U.S. religious landscape, leading many people to wonder what the future of religion in America might look like.

Source: Modeling the Future of Religion in America | Portside

 World history, the eonic effect, and ‘religion’

The famous and eloquent passage on religion by Marx tends to disguise its misanalysis of religion. The latter is not a simple entity to ‘analyze’ and while secular humanism rightly attempts liberation from false religion it does notion general find its true understanding.
Here the eonic model can help to see that in the classical era religions emerged in the context of the ‘evolution of civilization, often deviating from their starting points to social ideologies with political aspects of domination. But that does not really justify the reductionist assumptions said to liberated thought from ‘religion’. The result was imply inadequate as an analysis of religion as such, here meant perhaps the case of the very weak and distorted Christianity of the era after Constantine. The evolution of man has always generated vehicles to deal with his unique, and uniquely confusing psychology with its ambiguities of ‘consciousness’.

Karl Marx, in A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1843), famously said: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”

Source: Marx, Spinoza, and the Political Implications of Contemporary Psychiatry – CounterPunch.org