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The resurrection of God

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Western Civilization has a great big God shaped hole at its center.

Nietzsche and Bronze Age Pervert had a go at filling that hole with something more manly than Christianity, but Nietzsche failed and Bronze Age Pervert is no Nietzsche. Bronze Age Pervert correctly tells us that the job now is destruction, but the left will destroy itself soon enough if we don’t. We need to prepare for construction once the left self destructs.

The Christianity of Constantine and Charles the Hammer was manly enough for anyone. We could do with the Christianity of King John the Third. Christianity tends to holiness spiral the sermon on the mount and the Good Samaritan, but provided you don’t holiness spiral, the Sermon on the Mount and Good Samaritan is entirely compatible with being a man. After you are out of cheeks you can beat the stuffing out of the bad guy.

If Christ is the incarnation, then he is, among other things, the incarnation of the logos, and interpretations of his words that give him meanings incompatible with game theory and evolutionary psychology should be treated as heresy. (Because the New Testament is politically incorrect, Game theorists are apt to neglect to mention that in a world of imperfect and asymmetric information, the strategy that leads to cooperate/cooperate equilibrium is one tit for two tats, rather than tit for tat. But even less does a strategy of zero tits for unlimited tats lead to cooperate/cooperate equilibrium.)

The death of God led to the death of western philosophy, summarized by Alf in his book “The Resurrection of God”.

“What does it mean to be a good person?”
Aristotle
“What does it mean to be?”
Descartes
“What does it mean?”
Nietzsche
“What does ‘it’ mean?”
Bertrand Russell
“What does it?”
C.S. Lewis
“What?”
Lil’ John
“42”
Douglas Adams

And eventually to the death of science, for if there is no truth, what is science? You need to take the ground beneath your feet on faith. Build on the void, your buildings fall down. An individual atheist scientist can do fine science, but science as a collective endeavor, as a social endeavor, requires a shared belief in the pursuit of truth, and we just have not been successful at maintaining a shared belief in truth without God. Hence the reproducibility crisis and peer review, which replaces evidence with social consensus. Robert Boyle told us that if a scientist talks about consensus, he is likely dishonest, and, honest or not, is facilitating dishonesty. He who believes in consensus, has no regard for truth. Robert Boyle tells us that if a prominent expert tells you experts agree, or gives you third hand evidence, what they supposedly agree upon is unlikely to be true. The supposed expert consensus is being manipulated, and you are being manipulated. If the supposed consensus was not being manipulated, they would invoke evidence from primary sources, not consensus nor third hand evidence.

Alf tells us:

if man necessarily has individual faith, then what do we call shared faith? Well, we call it religion, of course.

I hope for Alf to be Archbishop under Holy American Emperor Trump.

The faith of Gnon requires adherence to law of Gnon, which requires, among other things, that people are required to see what is in front of their noses. If someone cannot commit, or even acknowledge, a thought crime against progressivism, they are not of our faith, but of a faith that intends our destruction.

The faith of Gnon requires confidence that God intends use to be happy, provided that we follow his laws, intends us to conquer the world and the stars, requires the white pill. If someone accepts the red pill but concludes the black pill from the red pill, concludes from the red pill that a wife and children that belong to him, in a home that belongs to him, will not make him happy, not of our faith. The black pill is gnosticism. The white pill requires us to accept the world of the fall, the world of Darwinian natural selection, and still be cheerful and optimistic about it. Every morning the dawn wakes me up, I squeeze my wife’s backside, and she makes me coffee while I watch the sun rise over the islands and the sea. Most evenings I check my fruit trees, then I sit down on my log in my garden, and watch the sun set over the mountains. Every few weeks, I get drunk with my friends. Is this a world that belongs to Satan? Is this a world ruled by Satan? Every dinner and most lunches I thank the Lord for my food, for the pleasant company with whom I eat it, and for the beautiful creation in which I eat it.

The faith of Gnon requires that we respect the lessons of old and successful social technologies – eighteenth century marriage, Biblical marriage, recently existent capitalism, and science as it was before 1944, that we think very carefully before dismantling Chesterton’s fence, and carefully monitor the consequences of dismantling, or failing to properly maintain, Chesterton’s fence, requires proper respect for tribal taboos and the copybook headings.

Cooperate/cooperate equilibrium between men and women requires indissoluble marriage, otherwise you get defect/defect. We need marriage vows and a marriage ceremony that reflects and respects the fact that humans are heterogamous organisms. Children need to be raised in one household by their mother and their father. One household requires one head of household, and if your marriage ceremony does not give this woman to this man, if the wife does not promise to honor and obey, to submit and reverence, you are not actually getting married, because you are not actually forming one household, you are getting gay married.

The faith of Gnon requires generosity and forgiveness, but generosity and forgiveness should not be unlimited, lest we empower evil. Charity begins at home, and we owe more generosity and forgiveness to kin, friends, neighbors, and co-religionists, than we owe to strangers in places we could not find on a map. We owe peace and goodwill to strangers of goodwill, but no more than that, and not everyone is of goodwill. Sometimes you have to go Old Testament. The New Testament does not cancel the Old, merely cancels the legalism that the Jews substitute for the spirit of the law. We are risen killer apes, angel and killer ape both, and we rose on a thousand genocides, as tribes of killer apes that cooperated more effectively wiped out tribes of killer apes that cooperated less effectively.

We should be peaceful to all men of goodwill. A few centuries ago Europe achieved a highly successful social technology for peace on earth, for avoiding terrifying and immensely destructive wars, which social technology which was lost during the twentieth century. That social technology was: Cuius regio, eius religio, the Peace of Westphalia. Interpreting “religio” broadly, that means that every country is entitled to its own ways, and that the current ruler should be respected even if he is not following our ways. The Peace of Westphalia aims for a world of sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique. When the Harvard and mainstream media priesthood call someone a “dictator” that means they are plotting to overthrow him and probably kill him, which is not very peaceful. Installing “liberal democracy” on the bloodstained sands of the Middle East on people unfamiliar with “liberal democracy” and demonstrably bad at it is far from peaceful. We should pay the rulers of alien countries appropriate respect and refer to them by the titles that they have managed to get away with, rather than calling them something that implies that overthrowing them and murdering them is good. We should accept each country conducting themselves in the ways that are particular to the uniqueness of each country. When the holier than thou priesthood of Harvard and the mainstream media support a violent, destructive, dangerous, and revolutionary faction in Hong Kong in order to install “liberal democracy” in Hong Kong, a system that the people of Hong Kong have never experienced, do not genuinely comprehend, and are clearly even less competent than ourselves to operate, that is an act of war by a nuclear power against another nuclear power. The state religion should be universal within the state, but should not impose itself outside the state, while maintaining collegiality and communion with the state religion of other states with a similar state religion. The state religion should never pursue or encourage the overthrow of a sovereign, unless its own sovereign has first declared war. Especially against a nuclear power.