Topics: Bad theology incites bad behavior; The mass-death outcomes of apocalyptic; More on the Jesus/Paul contradiction; Discussion group posts; Float like a butterfly- Independent or Classic Liberalism; More posts; Environmentalism, environmental concern; Climate debate- alarmists versus skeptics/deniers; The anti-humanism at the heart of environmentalism; In problem-solving go after the real monster; Human story and monsters- Joseph Campbell’s story outline; Primitive religious themes in contemporary environmental alarmism; Point form summary.
Further topics: Links/relationships/historical lines of descent- apocalyptic continues to dominate contemporary “secular” minds; A new take on the offensive “hard saying” of historical Jesus- the scandal of an unconditional God; Collectivism versus individual freedom- what really advances the greater good; Summarized template of apocalyptic ideas; Top Ten Bad Religious Ideas; Religion and God- the pairing of profound opposites; Historical descent of bad ideas- from mythology to religion to ideology and even to science.
Also new comment in ‘Top Ten Bad Religious Ideas’ on the danger of placing some objective or value above humanity, something that takes precedence before humanity (i.e. some God, law, institution, religion, ideology, or principle). Environmentalism has done this in placing the environment as the supreme value that takes precedence over people. The outcomes of this have been devastating to real people.
One of the central projects on this site is to confront the foundational pathologies that infect human consciousness and society for the worse- specifically, ideas or beliefs that act as a drag on human progress, that influence people to choose fear-based policy responses that have been severely damaging to humanity and life.
This site is about the full liberation of consciousness and the human spirit from pathologies like Ultimate Threat/Ultimate Harm (i.e. angry, punishing, destroying gods that threaten apocalypse) and the destructive outcomes of this mythology- especially as it is expressed today in environmental alarmism (revenge of Gaia, angry planet, karma, looming catastrophic collapse and ending), with its continuing mass-death tolls.
The impact of theological belief (two profoundly opposite views of God).
Consider these two entirely opposing theologies just below. This contradiction points to the great scandal of Christianity and the Christian influence on Western consciousness and society. See Tabor quotes further down in this opening section.
Anthropology notes that people try to validate their behavior with related beliefs. They try to base their behavior and lives on a belief system that affirms the way that they live. People have done this across history. Clifford Geertz, for example, outlines this behavior/belief pattern in the villages of Bali, Indonesia. People like to think that they are following some divine model, plan, will, word, or law.
Then consider Bob Brinsmead’s statement, “You become just like the God that you believe in”.
And note the profound contradiction between Jesus’ view of God and Paul’s entirely opposite view of God. And carefully consider the historical outcomes of these contrary views. Read the rest of the opening comment here