(it’s really simple)
—“Christianity doesn’t provide comfort. It, like Buddhism and some other religions, is existentially terrifying. You need to grapple with a good Christian scholar like Edward Feser.”— Rik Storey
That is counter to the evidence.
The monster under the bed is terrifying if you are a child. Most of us grow out of it. Not all of us. But, most. The only thing most of us are terrified by is our irrelevance, inadequacy and smallness in the face of a universe we appear to be the only seed so far to plant in it.
Stoicism provides insulation from signaling. Buddhism provides insulation from signaling. Christianity provides insulation from signaling. Judaism provides insulation from signaling. Islam provides insulation from signaling. Hindu castes provide insulation from signaling. The reason all organized religions emerged at the same time was the increase in trade, division of labor, power distance, and the emergence of classes, and the all-too-human need, exponentially exacerbated by the feminine mind, for ‘not being left behind’.
Each of these techniques provides psychological insulation from status signals of inferiority which cause humans emotional anxiety or panic, that interferes with thought, reason, and action, and instead trains the practitioner to develop varying degrees of mindfulness at the risk of addiction to the euphoria from manufacturing a mental state (the opposite of rage), that prevents him or her from productive participation with others in the division of labor that makes his religion necessary but provides his existence.
The christian religion begins with a false debt, a false threat of not repaying it with debt servitude, and a feminine figure of love to encourage you to keep paying, in exchange for insulation from status signals, and the continuous stress of continuous adaptation to those opportunities and threats. Unfortunately just as lying and crime are cheaper means of discounting than truth and productivity, the cheap equivalent of status deception is materialism, alienation, undermining, gossiping, rallying, shaming, moralizing, psychologizing, and the rest of the feminine techniques.
The Jewish and Islamic are far worse versions – if I had the energy I’d equally enumerate them here. The Buddhist, and Hindu are far less worse, and the stoic and Epicurean entirely truthful and good, with the family cult of hearth, and the burgher cult of law, and the aristocratic cult (the one I internalize) of ancestral pagans (war, heroism, achievement), available to those fearless of status competition, material or otherwise – playing th greatest status gam of all: the power to change the world, leave a mark upon it, and to be remembered.
As for idle threats of debating ‘scholars’. The only people that try to debate me are people too stupid not to.
I would crush any theological scholar. And it would be trivial because my argument always comes down to true, operational, and empirical, whereas the faithful are stuck with the sophomoric supernatural and presumed good. And stuck with agreement on consequence. I’m certain that they would avoid debating me at all costs.
There is nothing good in our religions that cannot be explained in adult terms. But again, the difference between truth and experience exists. the temperature and frequency of red is not the same as the experience of red. There is a consequential experience from the perception of red. There is a consequential experience from the understanding of spectrum, frequency, and temperature. It is our knowledge via competition between experience and cause that prevents errors in either. All knowledge is gained by adversarial means. It must be.
But, even such, there is little value in crushing others. My goal, which is visible in the most recent podcast (#0003) is unification via-negativa. And this requires continuous research.
This is not to consent to religious attempts at dominating others by social construction of mysticism. It is by explaining why Jesus was correct and an innovator on one hand; why christianity was not his invention but others;. That those others had political intentions; that this ‘churchianity’ was for the purpose of destruction; and why the abrahamic dogmas compete by denial of one of gods laws – laws that explain the failure of these religions to achieve their false promises.
1. The evidence of the hand of god: The Laws of nature, the natural law of sovereignty and reciprocity, the christian law of love and charity(seduction by forgiveness), and the evolutionary law of transcendence.
- The Group strategy of the european peoples
(explanation of adaptive, innovative, maneuver, in time.)
The political Strategy of the European Peoples
(explanation of Trifunctionalism: military, law, faith)
The social strategy of the european peoples
(explanation of self determination: sovereignty, reciprocity, … … markets in everything)
The Personal Strategy of the european peoples:
(heroism, excellence, beauty, truth, duty, productivity, and leaving the world transformed for the better for having lived in it – seek to be remembered.)
The price of the european peoples strategy.
(explanation of the prevention of the reproduction of the unproductive so that resources can be devoted to the production of commons)
The industry of the european people
(profiting from the continuous domestication then transcendence (evolution) of man from animal to semi domesticated animal, to fully human, to the gods we imagine.)
This is the law of the masculine european aristocracy, whether military or legal. The church is for women, children, the old, and the weak.
Frederik was right.
—“”Christianity … is an old metaphysical fiction, stuffed with fables, contradictions and absurdities: it was spawned in the fevered imagination of the Orientals, and then spread to our Europe, where some fanatics espoused it, where some intriguers pretended to be convinced by it and where some imbeciles actually believed it”.”—Frederick to Voltaire (June 1738).
That said, it does WORK as a source of mindfulness, and the faithful make an exceptional citizenry for the aristocracy, and work force for the burghers, and are extremely honest in their participation in the law; and can be called to war with fervor without caution. And are the least-vulnerable to the second semitic destruction of western civilization by marxism, neo-marxism (cultural marxism), postmodernism, feminism and denialism.
The question is – how to save it in an era where with each passing generation only the fundamentalists survive, and those who are not fundamentalists abandon both the faith, the institutions, the traditions, and loyalty and defense of the faithful.