and the Rise of Gnosticism
Evolution: The Alchemy of Eugenics
BEYOND THE FLESH: THE THEOCRACY OF PRIMA MATERIA
PART 4 of 5
October 7, 2006
Gnostic Myth of Darwinism
enough, Darwinism edified both Nazism and communism. The interest
of both Hitler and Marx in Darwinian evolution is a matter of history.
In his comprehensive book, American Socialists and Evolutionary
Thought 1870-1920, author Mark Pittenger describes Marx's elation
over the publication of Darwin's theory and its subsequent adoption
by socialist movements:
December of 1859, shortly after the publication of The Origin
of Species, Friedrich Engels wrote to Marx: "Darwin, whom I
am just reading, is splendid." Marx responded: "Although it is developed
in the crude English style, this is the book which contains the
basis in natural history for our view." Over the ensuing decades,
the theorists of scientific socialism would often praise Darwin
for having convincingly historicized nature, naturalized humankind,
and discredited all metaphysical and teleological world-views. (15)
the late 1860s, Marx was reported to have declared: "Nothing gives
me greater pleasure than to have my name linked onto Darwin's. His
wonderful work makes my own absolutely impregnable. Darwin may not
know it, but he belongs to the Social Revolution" (Pittenger 17).
While he was living in London, Karl Marx attended lectures on evolutionary
theory delivered by T.H. Huxley (Taylor 381). Recognizing the odd
synchronicity between the communist concept of class war and the Darwinian
principle of natural selection, Marx sent Darwin a copy of Das
Kapital in 1873 (Taylor 381). Within this work, Marx called Darwin's
theory "epoch-making" (Pittenger 17). Enamored of evolution, Marx
asked Darwin the permission to dedicate his next volume to him six
year later. Troubled by the fact that it would upset certain members
of his family to have the name of Darwin associated with an atheistic
polemic, Charles politely declined the offer (Taylor 381).
authors have established firm connections between Darwinism and Hitler's
Nazism. Evolutionary theory underpinned the very philosophy of the
of the central planks in Nazi theory and doctrine was. . .evolutionary
theory [and]. . .that all biology had evolved. . .upward, and that.
. .less evolved types. . .should be actively eradicated [and]. .
.that natural selection could and should be actively aided, and
therefore [the Nazis] instituted political measures to eradicate.
. .Jews, and. . .blacks, whom they considered as "underdeveloped"
on the Darwinian influence upon Hitler, historian Hickman writes:
was a firm believer and preacher of evolution. Whatever the deeper,
profound, complexities of his psychosis, it is certain that [the
Darwinian notion of perpetual struggle was significant because].
. .his book, Mein Kampf, clearly set forth a number of evolutionary
ideas, particularly those emphasizing struggle, survival of the
fittest and the extermination of the weak to produce a better society
title for Hitler's own manifesto, Mein Kampf (translated: My
Struggle), was inspired by the Darwinian concept of the struggle for
survival. In an analysis of Mein Kampf, contemporary author
Werner Maser reveals that Darwin was the crucible for Hitler's "notions
of biology, worship, force, and struggle, and of his rejection of
moral causality in history" (Taylor 409). In fact, in Evolution
and Ethics, Darwinian Sir Arthur Keith candidly stated: "The German
Fuhrer as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has
consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the
theory of evolution" (230).
evolutionary theory is one of the crucial ties that bind the governmental
aberrations of communism and fascism. Ian Taylor concludes:
Fascism or Marxism, right wing or left--all these are only ideological
roads that lead to Aldous Huxley's brave new world [i.e. scientific
dictatorship], while the foundation for each of these roads is Darwin's
theory of evolution. Fascism is aligned with biological determinism
and tends to emphasize the unequal struggle by which those inherently
fittest shall rule. Marxism stresses social progress by stages of
revolution, while at the same time it paradoxically emphasizes peace
and equality. There should be no illusions; Hitler borrowed from
Marx. The result is that both Fascism and Marxism finish at the
same destiny totalitarian rule by the elite. (411)
to Dr. Wolfgang Smith, Darwinism itself qualifies as a Gnostic myth:
a scientific theory, Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago.
The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept
the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely
in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living
beings created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim.
. . Thus, in the final analysis, evolutionism is in truth a metaphysical
doctrine decked out in scientific garb. In other words, it is a
scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly
denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after
the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate
of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism,
therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of depreciating
"God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth." It perpetuates,
if you will, the venerable Gnostic tradition of "Jehovah bashing."
And while this in itself may gladden Gnostic hearts, one should
not fail to observe that the doctrine plays a vital role in the
economy of Neo-Gnostic thought, for only under the auspices of Darwinist
"self-creation" does the Good News of "self-salvation" acquire a
semblance of sense. (Smith 242-43)
and fascism, which were both edified by the Gnostic myth of Darwinism,
were little more than forms of secular Gnosticism. In fact, the same
could be said for almost all forms of contemporary sociopolitical
Utopianism. Sociologically, all of these ostensibly secular revolutionary
movements have behaved like religions. Many sociopolitical Utopians
typically rejected the traditional Abrahamic faiths in favor of a
radically secular Weltanschauung. However, they would simultaneously
transplant the traditional metaphysical concepts of these faiths within
the ontological plane of the physical universe. Smith explains:
place of an Eschaton which ontologically transcends the confines
of this world, the modern Gnostic envisions an End within history,
an Eschaton, therefore, which is to be realized within the ontological
plane of this visible universe." (238; emphasis added)
final product of such religious engineering projects would be entire
movements devoted to the erection of an anti-theistic, anti-spiritual
theocracy. Ever-present was a religious fanaticism that rivaled even
that of the traditional jihadist. Yet, because of their secular
veneer, these neo-Gnostics were seldom discernible from any other
common revolutionary. James Webb observes:
this century, with the presentation of traditional religious positions
in secular form, there has emerged a secular Gnosticism beside the
other great secular religions--the mystical union of Fascism, the
apocalypse of Marxist dialectic, the Earthly City of social democracy.
The secular Gnosticism is almost never recognized for what it is,
and it can exist alongside other convictions almost unperceived.
movements require radical myths and the Gnostic myth of Darwinism
has served its purpose well. This is possibly the function being served
by the modern mythmakers of scientism: the perpetuation of sociopolitical
Utopianism. While scientific materialists and their fellow travelers
(e.g., behaviorists, physicalists, functionalists, secular humanists,
Marxists, etc.) relegate texts such as the Biblical Eden account to
mere myth, an Edenic motif remains firmly embedded within their own
the beginning of this secular mythology, Eden was a singularity, which
was eventually divided into countless pluralities by the Big Bang.
According to the myth, the reconstitution of Eden is achieved through
evolution, which invariably requires the assistance of Man (spelled
with a capital M to signify humanity's potential to achieve apotheosis
through the evolutionary process). Man unites evolution with the science
of "progress," which is bodied forth through biological methodologies(e.g.,
eugenics, population control, etc.) and social methodologies (e.g.,
communism, fascism, and other forms of sociopolitical Utopianism).
As evolution is guided down the desired course, Man returns to the
singularity (i.e., a world government and a unified consciousness).
Eden is reborn. However, Eden is confined to this ontological plane
and immortality is attainable only through the continuity of the species.
elements of this mythology sound familiar, it is because it is certainly
nothing new. It is derivative of ancient occult cosmologies, particularly
Gnosticism. The only difference is that the scientistic version stipulates
an Eschaton residing entirely within this physical universe. However,
the scientistic myth resembles a religion in every way. This is a
reality the shaman of scientism cannot deny, even though their scientistic
hubris prevents them from acknowledging it. Shermer candidly delineates
the scientist's new role as a mythmaker:
. .because of language we are also storytelling, mythmaking primates,
with scientism as the foundational stratum of our story and scientists
as the premier mythmakers of our time. (No pagination)
mythmakers, modern scientific materialists have sought to supplant
the traditional religious systems of the past with their own theocratic
order. This new configuration of society demands a new myth. Rene
Guenon eloquently synopsizes:
it comes about that there has grown up in the "scientistic" mentality.
. .a real "mythology": most certainly not in the original and transcendent
meaning applicable to the traditional "myths," but merely in the
"pejorative" meaning which the word has acquired in recent speech.
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the Eschaton has been fully immanentized, the Novus Ordo Seclorum
of sociopolitical Utopianism shall require more myths. Thanks to the
shamans of scientism, the purveyors of Technocracy shall always have
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the late 1860s, Marx was reported to have declared: "Nothing gives me
greater pleasure than to have my name linked onto Darwin's.