Enlightenment vs. Postmodernism

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We seem to be living in a very strange age, when postmodernism is seeing its last gasp for breath but no one is quite sure what to replace it with.

What is postmodernism? This is the philosophy that truth, reason, and such don’t matter. It is the philosophy of the leftists and Marxists in America. It is the philosophy of those who shout “Racist!” and hurl urine and worse at people they don’t like, not because of what they’ve done, but because of who they are. Postmodernism is to rational thought what death is to life.

The Enlightenment, however, is the net result of the Renaissance. Where the Renaissance brought a remembering of the old, the Enlightenment expanded upon it. What people call “Science” today, I believe, is really the principles of the Enlightenment. The principles are simply thus: Logic and reason are powerful tools. We can use deduction or induction to learn more about the world around us. We can treat each other as rational, sane beings and build entire societies based on nothing more than mutual respect and compromise.

The Enlightenment is said to have ended in the 18th Century, as people began to apply the ideas of the Enlightenment in building the modern world, the world you are more or less familiar with. Where the Enlightenment went wrong is a subject of debate, but I propose a simple answer: It missed the boat on religion.

Modernism is the culture we live in, where everything has a price but nothing has value. We can build factories and office buildings, but we don’t ask nor do we answer the question of what the purpose is and why it is important to do these things (or not). In this values-deprive society, you can see how Postmodernism can creep in, which basically assigns a value (evil) to everything, and then demands we fight each other until we are bloody pulps.

I think a new Renaissance is needed, a new Enlightenment, a new Modernism, where we do not forget, this time, that value is important. Rather than denounce religion as universally evil, something to avoid at all costs, let us embrace religion and use it for our own purpose.

In order to do that, we must understand religion in the context of science. What does it do? How does it work? We must approach the question of “Is there a God? Who is God? What does he want me to do?” with healthy skepticism and trepidation, but sincerity and honesty, allowing ourselves to be lead wherever the data leads us.

I believe it is quite possible to have our cake and eat it too, it just requires that we not ignore the important questions of the human soul.

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3 Responses to “Enlightenment vs. Postmodernism”

  1. Jason Gardner Says:

    Postmodernism is the scourge of our time. The whole thing is based on oppression, Marxist class guilt and that weird bit of logic they use to show that there is no such thing as a gender.

    It is the high point and master creation of the slave mentality. Utter denial of reality in order to excuse one’s failing. Very attractive, in that it requires nothing. In fact, it actually demands moral posturing and bases a hierarchy on being the biggest loser!

    I just don’t get it.

    I do understand how attractive the lesson of the virtue of weakness is to the weak and how useful the results are to the elites. A nation of postmodernists is a nation of perpetual children, unable to face or cope with reality. Perfect if you want to totally neuter a people and render them non-factors.

    Imagine how satisfying the arguments of post modernism is to a loser:

    “I’m not a obese land whale… It’s societies beauty norms that are all messed up.”

    “That guy isn’t successful because he worked hard, showed discipline and humbled himself before the process of improvement, he has privilege!”

    “I’m not completely out of my damn mind to in that I was born with an XY yet think that I am a female winged dragon who wants to have sex with a building! It’s your cisnormative gender roles that are problematic!”

    I think religion has lost it’s way in that it can’t effectively counter postmodernism and alienates natural allies. In fact, I have not seen any system of beliefs that effectively counter post-modernism.

    The problem is, as I see it, that Christianity has lost all of the meat over the last hundred years and has become a parody of itself. Seriously, we go from St. Augustine and Martin Luther to Joel Olsteen and Creflo Dollar. How much more bankrupt can it be?

    Even the mainstream religions such as Lutheranism have so watered down their message that it has become useless:

    “Uh, god want’s you to be good and help feed the homeless a couple of times during the Christmas season. Oh, and don’t ever judge the winged dragon guy above. Never judge. Who are we to judge?”

    “Oh yeah, you gotta roll over and allow 6 gorillion refugees in your country too. Don’t be a racist.”

    “Listen to your wife. She knows best. And, again, don’t judge, not even a pedophile. Never judge.”

    “Heaven is a magical place. To get to heaven is easy.. You just have to believe!”

    Useless at best. But what to do?

    As I think about what you have wrote, I have come to the conclusion that there is a higher being. I understand the tenets of christianity more deeply than I ever have. They make more sense now that I can analyze them with a mature mind.

    However, I also believe that currently religion has either no useful message or a terrible PR agent. To most people Christianity answers no relevant questions about their daily existence. To far too many people, it has become a nuisance with nothing to add to any conversation.

    How do you fix that?

    I would suppose that Christianity has, purposefully or not, found itself in far too many weird and useless debates.

    Take creationism. Science says evolution. Creationists say in a literal 6 days by God.

    The fault of the science is you can never prove that evolution wasn’t the method used by God to create us.

    The fault of Creationists is that they suppose they know how to make a universe. As if they would just go to Home Depot, get a few Mexicans and a back hoe then build one in their backyard.

    Most people will gladly admit that they have no idea how the universe is made but are thoroughly annoyed by people who continue to insist that God made the universe in 6 or whatever days, even in the face of monumental evidence to the contrary. This denial of reality discredits Christianity and alienates the average guy.

    How does Christianity regain legitimacy? I would suppose it would be by losing all the modern weak sauce but I don’t know.

    I don’t know though.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      Yep, Christianity is morally bankrupt as an institution in modern times. The meat is still there, but it’s not the kind of meat you feed to kids. It’s tough and gnarly and leaves a bad taste in your mouth, even though it will make you strong and wise.

      Where did it go wrong? I suppose it went wrong by trying to fight science in the field of science. Every good general knows you choose where and when to fight your battle, and you don’t commit your troops until victory is sure. Had Christianity simply ignored science, or ceded the ground to them and poo-pooed their conclusions with statements like, “Can your knowledge of molecules and your numbering of stars give meaning to your life, or purpose, or console the suffering and sorrowful, or strengthen the weak and enlighten the mind?” Instead, Christians wanted to be accepted by the world so desperately, they took of their armor, they fled their place of security and they tried to engage in one-on-one combat against the enemy.

      How do you gain it back? You consolidate, you strengthen, you tap into the Source. Let scientists do science, in fact, encourage them, but the minute a scientist starts to talk about sin and forgiveness, right and wrong, take them on, face-to-face, and show them how weak and pathetic their god is, and how morally superior and unassailable Christianity is.

      Christianity was so used to being the center of the universe in European life, the center of all thought, the center of all government authority, the center of wealth, that they forgot Jesus never called them to do any of those things. Yes, Christians can be kings and tycoons and such, and they should be encouraged to do those things, but those things are not Christianity.

      I think there is an awakening happening, as churches across the Western world are wondering what happened and why no one is coming to church anymore. They realize they simply can’t win by arguing science, by arguing politics or wealth. Instead, they have to go to the only place they were only good at: men’s souls. That’s the kind of Christianity we need today.

  2. Jason Gardner Says:

    “Where did it go wrong? I suppose it went wrong by trying to fight science in the field of science. Every good general knows you choose where and when to fight your battle, and you don’t commit your troops until victory is sure. Had Christianity simply ignored science, or ceded the ground to them and poo-pooed their conclusions with statements like, “Can your knowledge of molecules and your numbering of stars give meaning to your life, or purpose, or console the suffering and sorrowful, or strengthen the weak and enlighten the mind?” Instead, Christians wanted to be accepted by the world so desperately, they took of their armor, they fled their place of security and they tried to engage in one-on-one combat against the enemy.” I absolutely, 100%, every day of the week agree with this. Very insightful.

    Religion is what connects you to the eternal. It doesn’t explain the mundane. It’s not meant to explain the mundane. It’s meant to connect you to your family, to your world and help you operate in said world.

    “Christianity was so used to being the center of the universe in European life, the center of all thought, the center of all government authority, the center of wealth, that they forgot Jesus never called them to do any of those things.” Agreed. money, is repeatedly called the root of all evil in the Bible. Real christianity is about development of character and competence. Making money is basically anti-Christian.

    “I think there is an awakening happening, as churches across the Western world are wondering what happened and why no one is coming to church anymore. They realize they simply can’t win by arguing science, by arguing politics or wealth. Instead, they have to go to the only place they were only good at: men’s souls. That’s the kind of Christianity we need today.”

    I hope so. In the rush to be accepted by everybody Christianity became accepted by nobody. A parallel is that the town whore, who belongs to everyone, can never belong to anyone. Once Christianity was compromised, the men of principle left and now Churches are for the most part composed of boys in the body of men.

    If everybody can be a Christian, then what does it mean to be Christian? If I can just do whatever I want, then repent at the last moment… Well, c’mon, that’s no belief system at all.

    Think about how far the churches have fallen. The Pope (the Pope!) no longer defends Christendom.

    “You can’d defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions.” In other words, it is totally Christian to allow Muslims to flood your country in unimaginable numbers. If you resist the extinction of Christendom, why you can’t be a Christian. What?????

    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/13/pope-francis-you-cant-defend-christianity-by-being-against-refugees-and-other-religions/

    I heard a baby blessing a during a visit to Church over Christmas. The blessing boiled down to “listen to women.” Unbelievable to me that that what the life philosophy he was imparting into his son. The poor infant’s father can’t think of a higher calling for his son’s life than to do what women want, a direct contradiction to the Bible’s teachings?

    Crazy, but an indication of how far Christianity has crashed.

    The first step is to finally accept that not everyone is your friend. Your religion has enemies. Identify and fight your enemies. You know about Islam. Fight to get Churches in Saudi Arabia instead of laying about and watching TV while another Mosque goes up in the western world. Re-discover the other religions that Christians should be at war with.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/05/28/bible.burning/index.html (Think about the absurdity of it all. Money is taken from you and given to a religion that seeks your destruction. How is that Godly? That money could have been used to raise more churches, but instead it subsidizes those who hate you. AND CHRISTIANS DEFEND THAT????)

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/14/germany-historic-church-demolished-mosques-multiply-across-country/ —- This should make a true conservative sh*it his pants…

    Anyways, I think the root problem is that Christians got weak, tolerant and complacent. If you read any history, you would know the following… God/Jehovah/fate/providence or whatever you want to call it HATES, with a fury that not even a child molester can muster, male weakness. Hates it. The Supreme despises with a wrath that spells doom for the weak in every case. If you are weak God will wipe you out. (See the Bible, Old part.)

    If you are weak, women, men and children will despise you. God himself will despise you. I have no idea how this key lesson of Christianity got lost.

    I believe that no true God would encourage his children to become weak and therefore extinct.* It’s actually a good way to see if your religion is true… Does it make you weak?

    *Consider the Shakers. One of their principles was celibacy. Guess what? There aren’t any Shakers anymore. They went extinct. Pretty good indication that God wasn’t behind their beliefs, no? Unless your God is a weird genocidal maniac who enjoys killing those who worship him.

    Maybe the reason the Mormons are losing Salt Lake is that they aren’t following true teachings? Maybe that can be fixed. God gave that land to Mormons. The Mormons are losing it as we speak. A clear violation of God’s will, no?

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