Beat the devil? hey it’s a Bogart movie…//Virtual church of the holy brick? religion, socialism, secularism

Keeping americans in line: we won’t get an apology for the Zionist mafia, Israeli crimes against humanity, and the jewish lobby’s destruction of American democracy…

We had a post a while back on the issue of Christianity, next to the obscure Judaism, and their slow but steady passing away, and seeming downfall into ‘evil’, speaking of American Protestantism. As a secular humanist, I don’t believe in the ‘devil’, but I can take up a bit of Tillich: The concept of the demonic in the thought of Paul Tillich and its root in J. Boehme, F.W. Schelling and the Lutheran mysticism, or better yet students of ceremonial magic and other demonic subjects, e.g. Aleister Crowley, the magickal psychopath (with a k)…Monotheism was always a cryptic form of ceremonial magic, in some obscure sense, and what happens as you break the rules is a nasty surprise. This is surely a generalizable observation applicable to all, no? perhaps not. Take another example: Buddhist meditators or others who meditate with the aim of enlightenment find themselves beset with the ‘demon Mara’, an illusion of metaphysics, but a strange sense of being behind that metaphysical wall sensing an ominous other.
I can’t close the case except to note that these religions don’t belong to humanity, as such: they have been declared the property of the unseen and the unknown. The collapse of Christianity, and no doubt Judaism, (Islam?) is part of an ‘eonic shift’ (read below) and its fate halfway through the process is a complex mess of pottage/evil…Who knows? But the endgame of evangelical Protestantism and zionist crime shows the whole game entering a ‘dark side’ (as if it wasn’t always that way in some sense) of political blackholehood. Instead of being half in/half out, best to simply walk away. Secular humanists have their problems, and limits, and an often sterile atheism, but they have an element of healthy psyches able to heal.
It is sometimes said that the worst thing about the ‘devil’ is that he makes you believe he doesn’t exist. That’s rubbish, a muddle of the above. There is no ‘devil, but the demonic can be a tricky metaphysical paradox in action. The tide of secularism as to monotheism is inexorable, or so it seems. The question of Judaism is still more obscure: membership in a religion is a question of birth in a social grouping. That’s a blessing until it becomes a curse. There is no secure way to get ‘outside’. Except that there is, a figure such as Einstein found the way.

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The ‘virtual church of the holy brick’ is a somewhat (deliberately) outlandish concept useful for considering the place of religion in a future socialism, complete with its foundation stone, that holy brick. Continue reading “Beat the devil? hey it’s a Bogart movie…//Virtual church of the holy brick? religion, socialism, secularism”

Virtual church of the holy brick? religion, socialism, secularism


The ‘virtual church of the holy brick’ is a somewhat (deliberately) outlandish concept useful for considering the place of religion in a future socialism, complete with its foundation stone, that holy brick.

To a close look, the history of socialism shows defeat by the issues of religion, monotheism in particular. In part, Continue reading “Virtual church of the holy brick? religion, socialism, secularism”

 Modern society has no institutions that can mediate homo sapiens and his problem in the grand sequence of evolution…

The two prior posts, linked to below, enter difficult terrain. Human culture is at a crisis point and no one can do anything about it. Note that there is no social body of any kind that can process or deal with the issues raised in those posts, and the brief exploration of Christianity etc…: scientists, philosophers, theologians, politicians, the pope, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Marxists, economists, historians, secular humanists …., are unable to process such an historical analysis, or even open discussion. My model could be wrong, but its basis is fairly clear, it is simply a chronology not a theory, albeit difficult to interpret, and in any case the problems uncovered could be stated without the model. Christianity (and Judaism) are problematical. It is clear that Christianity has drifted away from its foundations and its status is ambiguous. Judaism is a minority religion, and controversial, so I can bypass that for the moment. A religion claiming membership on the basis of birth is problematical. It appears that Christianity is no longer functional: its claims of salvation are long since hyped forms of propaganda: that simple assent to Jesus can guarantee salvation as the convert goes to heaven is a species of nonsense. The claims for faith are thus misleading and the demand for that faith backfire and cripple thought. But secular humanism has entered into a very narrow version of ‘modernity’ and cannot really serve the real human psychology which remains very difficult to discover. Buddhism and its sources in the classic yogas are in somewhat better condition but their status in modernity is not clear at all.

The modern period is still young, and it is possible the fog might clear at some point, or the whole game could simply degenerate. Democracy is under attack and that is dangerous, while something like socialism done right could repair democracy and create a way through the crisis of capitalism.
Whatever the case, the point should be stunningly obvious yet upsetting: human culture has no real institutions that can help him through the labyrinth of history. None. A science stuck on Darwinism is pretty useless for psychology, a politics crippled by capitalism cannot persist in its democracy, religion stuck in archaic traditions are mostly in decay.

This material contains the key to sorting out the confusions in the history of Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastarianism and Buddhsim. It won’t make any sense at first and requires up to six mon…

Source: The confusing history of monotheism, using the eonic model to assess its overall pattern in world history. – 1848+: The End(s) of History

The confusing history of monotheism, using the eonic model to assess its overall pattern in world history.

This material contains the key to sorting out the confusions in the history of Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastarianism and Buddhsim. It won’t make any sense at first and requires up to six months work on world history, religious histories, and the so-called eonic model. As the post notes, the idea of god in history fails: ‘god’ would not produce the kind of mess we see in Christianity and Judaism, which ended in collision. I recommend you walk away from these monotheistic religions and at the same time consider that secular humanism can’t either make sense of the case here. In a complex history, the monotheists never got ‘god’ straight and turned the whole thing into a mess of pottage…It makes sense taken as an artificial challenge to polytheism with the ‘one god’ to replace the pagan pantheons. Buddhism was far more successful and its relation to earlier ‘Hinduism’ (bad word!) is also clear. Let’s note that ‘enlightenment’ and ‘salvation’ are not the same, but the case with salvation is unclear. It seems related to a kind of ‘sufi soul’ factor soon lost we suspect in the later religion which turned into a useful crowd control ideology for the Roman emperors. That said, later Christianity is obscure to us now, and along Islam a very hard to evaluate. The eonic model is a powerful tool but has its own limits. The eonic effect is not theology: its looks intelligent, but its effect is more like ferlizer and amplifies its local region, and then diffuse beyond that region. That is still another limited analogy, but…
Study the eonic model for six months and start reading some of the hundreds of books connected to the material.

The post revers to an earlier one yesterday:

Source: Religious Trauma Syndrome: Former Christian explains how organized religion can lead to mental health problems – Alternet.org

The secular era has moved out of religion, but then looks backward and asks, what was all that? The enigma has always remained unsolved and the mystery of early Christianity remains veiled in its own propaganda of a savior who conveniently disappeared almost as soon as he had appeared, and history is left with an unknown around which still others created a religion of myths, mostly, and created from Jesus an imaginary figure. The status of its claims of salvation remain obscure.
Here we interpolate the material below. The original ending is below at the end of the post: Continue reading “The confusing history of monotheism, using the eonic model to assess its overall pattern in world history.”

Christianity/Judaism turning malevolent as the monotheistic religions fall away in the secular era

We have often noted the way in the eonic model the religions of one era start to fade away in the next. The process can take time, but outside their historical framework they tend to become subject to human egos without any larger momentum. It is hard to see how evangelical right-wing conservatives could do any better destroying Christianity than in their increasingly demented ‘religious’ politics, and the same is true of Judaism as the Zionists have turned into a virtual mafia of devious covert capers.

One speech at the conference that particularly struck Brooks came from activist Amanda Milius, who argued that Americans needed to start making movies like the 1950s John Wayne Western “The Searchers” again on the grounds that the film unapologetically showed “how Americans tamed the West and how Christian values got brought to ‘savage, undeveloped land.'”Brooks, however, has seen the movie in question and was not impressed with Milius’s take on it.”This is about as dumb a reading of The Searchers as it’s possible to imagine,” he writes. “The movie is actually the modern analogue to the Oresteia, by Aeschylus. The complex lead figure, played by John Wayne, is rendered barbaric and racist while fighting on behalf of westward pioneers. By the end, he is unfit to live in civilized society.”

Source: ‘Christianity is shrinking into a rump’: Conservative pens scathing review of right-wing pro-Trump conference – Alternet.org

 Christianity in self-destruct mode

Although the abortion/contraception issues are very troubling there is another perspective, which is that Christianity/Judaism are self-destructing as the secular tide begins to sweep over them, the endless echoes of the reformation to enlightenment challenges to ‘monotheism’ if not religion. Opposing abortion and contraception are not viable options for a future of christianity, and those who think so are fighting for a future that will not include monotheistic religions.
It can’t be possible that ‘angelic Jesus cares a brass farthing for the religious right, but such churches are fodder for hidden fascists and useful instruments.
Ditto for Judaism: the Zionist mafia is degrading Judaism to the state of disintegration…

Source: Christian nationalists’ end game may not be abortion and Roe v. Wade – Alternet.org