History’s most profound insight… buried.

Why tackle the highly venerated Christ myth of Paul and possibly offend good Christian people? Well, the following reasons…

With his Christ myth, Paul buried the single most profound insight in all of human history. That is the real scandal of the version of Christianity that we inherited. Paul could have brought liberation to billions of people in succeeding generations if he had embraced and affirmed the central insight of Jesus that God was a non-retaliatory reality, a reality that was “no conditions love”. That “stunning new theology” presents the hope that, ultimately, we are all safe in love. There is no ultimate judgment, no threat of ultimate exclusion, and no ultimate punishment/destruction. Such hope goes to the core of human meaning and reverberates all through human consciousness, life, and society.

The stunning new theology of Jesus countered entirely one of the most destructive ideas of history- i.e. the myth that natural disaster, disease, and predatory cruelty (animal, human) were divine punishment for human sins. Jesus countered that myth with the insight that there was no punitive, destroying deity behind the natural world, no God punishing people for their failures. Instead, God was giving the good gifts of life- sun and rain for crops- to all like, inclusively and universally to both good and bad people.

On top of unbearable physical suffering, people had long felt cursed with the added burden of psychic suffering (mental, emotional) that came with the sense that there was a punitive deity behind life causing their suffering. That has long been the single most consciousness-darkening burden heaped on already unbearable physical suffering.

Paul could have liberated humanity from that excessive burden of psychic suffering by affirming the non-retaliatory theology of Jesus. Instead, he retreated to the same old threat theology of all past mythology and religion. He chose to promote the same mental and emotional slavery of all previous ‘threat theology’.

Paul affirmed the primitive myth of punitive deity behind disease/death, in his first Corinthian letter, when he told the Corinthian Christians that their illnesses and deaths are punishment from God for their sins.

Further, Paul further shaped modern consciousness and life for the worse by embracing the myth of apocalypse in his Christ myth (see, for example, Paul’s Thessalonian letters). His apocalyptic Christ has been most singularly responsible for bringing the curse of apocalyptic thinking into the modern world.

Apocalyptic mythology blinds people to the amazing progress that life has been making on all fronts, over the long term. Apocalyptic mythology feeds the nihilist alarmism that life is in decline toward something worse and that distorted worldview undermines hope and engagement of life to ensure that it continues to improve. Apocalyptic nihilism (fatalism, resignation) pushes people to embrace irrational salvation schemes that have destroyed societies and life.

Sources: James Tabor (Paul and Jesus) on Paul’s dominant influence on our modern world, and his orientation to apocalypse. Also, the apocalyptic millennial scholars on the powerful influence of apocalyptic ideas on Marxism, Nazism, and now environmental alarmism- Arthur Herman in The Idea of Decline in Western History, Richard Landes in Heaven On Earth, Arthur Mendel in Vision and Violence, and David Redles in Hitler’s Millennial Reich.

Note: Jesus’ statement on abolishing ‘eye for eye’ response to human offense, reveals that he was not apocalyptic and his God was not apocalyptic. A God that does not engage eye for eye justice will not engage the ultimate expression of eye for eye justice that is the apocalyptic destruction of the world.

Qualifier: Any challenge to beliefs that are held widely by many people and have the odour of authority and gravity that comes with long-term tradition, such challenges are naturally met with offended outrage and defensiveness. The indignant “How dare you” sniff that is reflexively given to skeptics/heretics. If it helps, let me clarify that I affirm the positive features in religious traditions- love, forgiveness, generosity, etc.

My complaint is that, in religious traditions, these great human ideals are often merged in contexts with lesser features that undermine and distort the higher ideals in such oxymoronic mixes. For example, love in Christianity is notably tribal in orientation- i.e. believers are favored while unbelievers are ultimately excluded and punished for being infidels. That is not authentic universal or unconditional love. There is no “love your enemy” at the final Christian judgment, and certainly not in the Christian hell. The attempt to merge great human ideals with religious conditions and threats only ends in ‘cognitive dissonance’- the confusion that arises from combining essentially contradicting things.

Most egregious in the Christian mix is that the profound insights/statements of Historical Jesus have been distorted and buried in the merger of Jesus with Paul’s Christ myth. Paul’s Christ embraces some of the worst features of primitive mythology- i.e. wrathful deity, exclusion of all who dare disagree, ultimate punishment and destruction, etc. (see Thessalonian and Roman letters, along with Revelation, for examples). I argue that in freeing Jesus from the Christ myth you can then bring out the rightly-celebrated humane contributions of the man.

Another qualification (to pacify those who dismiss any comment on an unconditional treatment of offenders as akin to “letting the psychopaths go free”):

Any comment on the unconditional message of Historical Jesus (“no more eye for eye, but love your enemy”) needs qualification with the recognition that in an imperfect world we are all held responsible/accountable for our behavior. There are natural and social consequences to behavior. Example: Those unable or unwilling to restrain their worst impulses will have to be restrained by others in order to protect the innocent. Nonetheless, love (despite how we feel) obligates us to employ humane, restorative approaches toward offenders. As per, for example, “Justice Not Vengeance” by Simon Wiesenthal. And any further unconditional treatment of offenders is the free-choice prerogative of victims.

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The profound contradiction between Jesus and Paul’s Christ, Wendell Krossa

Disclosure: I am not a follower of Jesus. I don’t “believe in Jesus”. I was raised in an Evangelical Christian family and earlier in my life I attended and graduated from an Evangelical Bible college. But I left that Christian religion some 4-plus decades ago. I left all religion. Nonetheless, I still think that the person called “Historical Jesus” offered the single most profound insight in all history and he should be respected for that “most important contribution to the history of ideas” (James Robinson). I hold this view based on research that makes a clear separation between Historical Jesus and the Christian “Jesus Christ”, also known as Paul’s Christ myth (his “Christology”).

I affirm the approach of people like Thomas Jefferson and Leo Tolstoy who stated that there are “diamond/pearl” statements of Jesus in the New Testament but they are buried in the larger context of New testament material that they referred to as “dung… garbage”, etc.. As a polite Canadian I shudder to say anything so offensive, hence my cautious hiding behind the blunt quotes of others (I kid). Their point was that there was a lot of added material in the NT that was the product of “inferior minds”; i.e. material/statements that are attributed to Jesus but that contradict his central themes.

You have to dig out and separate the diamonds from the rest that is dung. Lasering the point a bit more: Not all things in the gospels that are attributed to Jesus are his actual deeds or words. And many other things throughout the New Testament directly contradict Jesus’ main theme/message as stated in places like Matt.5:38-48, or Luke 6:27-36. (His main theme/message? Yes, according to my version of ‘Q Wisdom Sayings Gospel’ research.)

What did the man actually say? One central thing that he offered, and I would argue that it is the cohering theme that should be the criterion with which to evaluate all else that has been attributed to him, was that there should be “no more eye for eye response to offenders (getting even, hurting back in response to initial hurt given), but instead we should love our enemies because God does”. Now spell out what that means.

It means the rejection of the most dominant themes from historical mythologies and religions: No retaliation, no judgment, no exclusion of anyone, no punishment, and no destruction of your enemies/offenders (no apocalypse, no hell). In that Jesus’ statement we are told that the humane thing is to respond to the failures and imperfections of others with no conditions love, a love that includes everyone with the same generous forgiveness and restorative treatment.

How does Jesus argue his point that God loves all the same? He illustrates it from nature: Because sun and rain are given to both good and bad people. That non-discriminating inclusiveness points to a universal love that affirms all will be safe in the end.

That unconditional treatment of all is also affirmed in the parable of the vineyard workers (Matthew 20). All get the same reward in the end. And that is offensive and scandalous to people who believe that justice should be “fair”. Good should be rewarded and bad should be punished. People should get according to what they have done. That is “justice” in this life, but not ultimately with the reality that is God. A reality that is offensive “no conditions” love (offensive to traditional and conventional notions of justice).

Much material in the rest of the NT contradicts this central unconditional theme of Jesus. Note the Jesus Seminar book “The Five Gospels: What did Jesus really say?”. That study argues that if Jesus said “Love your enemy” in Matthew 5, then he could not have damned his enemies to hell just a few chapters later in Matthew 11. Those later added statements were not made by Historical Jesus but were put in his mouth by gospel writers like the author of Matthew. Such added statements contradict entirely Jesus’ central theme of unconditional forgiveness and love for all.

Conclusion

Historical Jesus, in his central message or theme, is someone entirely opposite to Christian “Jesus Christ”, Paul’s Christ myth. The New Testament is valuable for providing us with the stark contrast between these two opposite persons or opposite messages.

This contradiction is especially clear when you look at the two entirely opposite theologies of Jesus and Paul- i.e. their entirely opposite views of God. Views of God hold prominent position at the core of belief systems. All else is shaped by the way that people view their God. Deity long being humanity’s highest ideal and authority.

Jesus presented “the stunning new theology of a non-retaliatory deity” (James Robinson). He was the first person in history to do so. All the gods of previous mythologies and religions across history were presented as ultimate arbiters of retaliation in some form. Gods were final judges positioned at the end of life, in the courtrooms of after life realms. Hence, across history those punitive gods had affirmed human understanding of justice and justice systems as retributive in some sense- i.e. reward for good performance, punishment for bad performance.

Jesus overturned that central ideal of retribution, entirely. He stated there should be “no more eye for eye” justice. Instead, you should “love your enemy”. Like God does. Because God does that. The evidence for such a non-retaliatory, unconditional deity? Sun and rain (the good gifts of life) are given to both good people and bad people alike. That stunning ‘no conditions love of enemy’ means universal inclusion of everyone, limitless forgiveness, and scandalous generosity for all.

Jesus set his non-retaliatory ethic forth in the pairing of “a behavior based on a similar belief” relationship. He stated his ethic as based on a similar theology. Do this (non-retaliatory, unconditional love) because God does this (non-retaliatory, unconditional love). This is what God is like. Be like God. As he said in Luke 6, “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful”.

Paul intentionally and directly confronted and contradicted that pairing of behavior with a similar belief in Romans 12:17-20. At first glance Paul appeared to give the nod to an ethic or behavior that was similar to the non-retaliatory ethic that was advocated by Jesus. Paul said, do not retaliate against your enemy. So far, so good. That seems to affirm the “no more eye for eye” ethic that Jesus advocated. But then Paul bases his ethic or behavior on an entirely different theology- a theology of divine retaliation. That’s confusing and contradictory.

What Paul is really affirming is the essential impulse for retaliation but arguing that any action to retaliate should be held in abeyance till God does it in some ultimate manner. Paul is saying, hold your desire for vengeance in abeyance because God is going to retaliate for you in the future. God will mete out supreme vengeance. Paul quotes an Old Testament verse to affirm his retaliatory theology- “Vengeance is mine, I will repay”, says the Lord.

Paul further detailed the believer’s desire for vengeance in his Christ myth. Paul’s Christ would return to punish and destroy all those who did not believe his gospel of the Christ, all the enemies of Christianity. See, for example, his Thessalonian letters. “Lord Jesus will return in blazing fire to punish and destroy, with everlasting destruction, all who do not obey Paul’s gospel of the Christ”. Unbelievers would face ultimate eye for eye justice in an apocalypse and eternal destruction.

So Paul’s argument for Christian non-retaliation in this life is that it will ensure ultimate retaliation. Your non-retaliation will “heap burning coals of fire on the heads of your enemies”. Which is to say, your response of non-retaliation will ensure the future judgment and punishment of your enemies. That means the basic motivation is retaliatory.

Paul’s vengeful God is a stunning rejection of the new theology of Jesus and a retreat to the same old retributive gods of all history and all religion. You cannot reconcile or merge the theology of Jesus with that of Paul. They are entirely opposite theories of the basic character of deity.

This great contradiction between Jesus and Paul is at the heart of the Christian New Testament. It is the scandal at the heart of Christianity. Christianity as we have inherited it, is Paul’s religion, and is entirely opposite to the message of Hist. Jesus. The issue is retaliation vs non-retaliation. Forgiveness vs vengeance. Love vs ultimate and eternal hatred. You cannot reconcile these two opposites. That only results in the ‘cognitive dissonance’ of merging opposites.

The project here?

I would go to ultimate sources of historical human fears, to the mythological and religious themes of all threat theology, and deal with the primitive ideas that have long incited humanity’s ancient fears, as part of a strategy to counter contemporary destructive alarmism movements, both religious and “secular”.

Another note on the behavior/belief relationship: “People become just like the God that they believe in”, Bob Brinsmead.

Keeping it together

During periods of intense tribalism and division, how do we contribute to holding our societies, and overall civilization, together? How about some prominently successful principles from across history that have served humanity well?

1. First, nothing is more basic to human survival (peace, harmony) than developing the response of forgiving the failings and imperfections of others. How much forgiveness? A well-known sage urged, “Seventy time seven”, which is to say- limitless. Bitterness and the lust for vengeance will ruin relationships and darken life.

2. Including all as equals because they are human. Affirming the equality of all is based on the fact we all share the same human consciousness and common human spirit. The Oneness of humanity is the essential reality behind all appearances of duality and difference in life.

3. Approaching every person with love, not only as a feeling (not primarily as emotion), but as the intention to treat all humanely, even offenders, because it is the right thing to do, the human thing. This points to restorative/rehabilitative justice.

4. Respecting the freedom and self-determination of all others. Non-domination. No vertical relating (domination/submission relationships), but instead horizontal relating with all others as equals. Not meddling in other’s lives, controlling others.

Loss of personal control is horrifically damaging to human beings.

5. Affirming diversity/difference as good and healthy. Celebrating the success of others.

6. And then this insight pulled from mythologists and the personal experiences of others (e.g. Near-Death Experiences). Even in our “righteous” struggles we must remember that our “enemy” is our brother. Consider- What if before we came here to live our stories, perhaps we chose to be “actors on God’s stage” (Joseph Campbell). Some playing good guys, some volunteering to play bad guys. What if we chose to leave our Oneness to come here to help one another learn lessons like forgiveness and love, in order to experience, grow, and develop as authentically human. But in the end, we all return to the same Oneness and love that is our ultimate and true home. What if dualism, division, and opposition are temporary features of this physical realm. (see also Natalie Sudman’s ‘Application of Impossible Things’)

This does not lessen the importance of engaging righteous struggles here on Earth but just to consider that our life experiences may be temporary and may be part of something greater, some greater purpose with greater meaning.

Just suggesting other ways of viewing and understanding our human experience in this imperfect world.

Correlation? Causation?

Consider the following things:

1. A 2017 YouGov survey revealed most people believe the world is getting worse (Intro, ‘Ten Global Trends’ by Bailey and Tupy).

2. Declinism (the myth that life is declining toward some disastrous collapse or ending) is “the most dominant and influential theme in politics and society in the twentieth century”, Arthur Herman (The Idea of Decline in Western History).

3. Most people on earth (85% of humanity) affiliate with a religion that promotes some version of apocalypse- Christianity, Islam, Hinduism (great cycles of rise and then decline to disastrous ending), Buddhism (the human lifespan decreases across history- Mircea Eliade), etc.

4. Apocalypse dominates Hollywood story-telling. See lists of movies with the theme of apocalypse and note the increase in such films over decades. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apocalyptic_films

5. Apocalypse dominates climate alarmism with endless setting of dates for the end-of-days (2030 is a recent prophesy for the end of the world).

Even Stephen Hawking fell for the apocalypse myth in the last two years of his life.

6. Many children today suffer from severe “eco-anxiety”, because they have been told the world is going to end and they are going to die.

7. Depression is the world’s number one illness.

Do you notice any possible correlations between the above things?

Apocalypse is the most failed myth in all history. It has a 100% historical failure rate. Note the contemporary lists of failed apocalypse predictions. Contrary to the primitive myth of apocalypse, life is on a rising trajectory of improvement toward an ever-better future. Apocalypse is an entirely false and distorted view of life.

Skeptics of the anthropogenic warming narrative (i.e. human-caused climate change) rightly try to counter climate alarmism with good evidence but also bemoan the fact that their evidence does not seem to change many minds. Resistance to an alternative narrative is partly because the larger alarmism narrative sways human emotions with ancient mythical themes that have been long deeply embedded in human worldviews and consciousness/subconscious (i.e. mythical and religious belief systems).

Insert: People who have suffered in life, as victims of crime, natural disaster, or other, are the ones to tell the rest of us what forgiveness and love really mean. Those who have suffered the worst, e.g. Holocaust survivors, Rwandan genocide survivors, family of crime victims, have the credibility to tell the rest of us what forgiveness really costs. And we do well to shut up and listen to them. Let them tell us what pain really is and how costly love and forgiveness really are. I doubt the practice of these ideals has much to do with feeling and a lot to do with intention to do the right thing, the godlike thing.

I am reminded here of the African mother in the Bill Moyer documentary on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa who screamed her pain at the camera after a South African police officer refused to admit personal responsibility for shooting her child in the back at a demonstration. He excused himself with, “We were just following orders”, much like the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials in post-war2 Germany.

She wailed this response, “I know God wants us to forgive but its so hard”.

Why I reject the panic over rising CO2 levels. Climate facts. Wendell Krossa

First, an affirmation to respond to the irrational claims of alarmists that humans are causing catastrophic climate change and that people skeptical of this narrative are “deniers or unbelievers”. Skeptics all agree that climate has warmed roughly 1 degree C over the past century. And CO2 has a warming influence and has probably contributed to this mild warming. Probably? Yes, among the mix of varied natural factors that influence climate we do not know the actual role of CO2. Good evidence shows that it appears to be only a “bit player” in climate change. The CO2 influence on climate is repeatedly overwhelmed by other natural factors.

Note the disconnect between CO2 and temperature in paleo-climate history. When CO2 levels were high, temperature was often low or vice versa (temperature high, CO2 low). The Vostok ice cores show that temperature rises first and then CO2 levels subsequently rise in following centuries.

https://www.google.com/searchrlz=1C1SQJL_enCA879CA879&sxsrf=ALeKk02Q3_oOziT0HboiCFG79_p7dOhkHw:1620398815537&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=graphs+of+CO2+and+temperature+over+past+500+million+years&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwirj63-57fwAhVYqp4KHQEGDFoQjJkEegQIBRAB&biw=1920&bih=969#imgrc=plIXlGDXZaC1sM

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1SQJL_enCA879CA879&sxsrf=ALeKk00MoknRlhE5B662Oq8czqSG3osPxg:1620398920410&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=vostok+ice+core+graphs&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwizlK6w6LfwAhVKsp4KHfvCAV8QjJkEegQIBRAB&biw=1920&bih=969#imgrc=QZ9KD6pIiPkoIM

The recent mild warming has occurred during an abnormally cold ice-age era on Earth and this warming has been a benefit to life. It helped bring us out of the bitter cold of the Little Ice Age of 1645-1715 and back to more beneficial conditions for life. Further warming of several degrees will also benefit life more as we are still far below the average temperatures over the past 500 million years (an average of 5 degrees C warmer than today). For over 90% of the past 500 million years, Earth has been entirely ice-free and life flourished during such times with expanded habitats.

But rising CO2 will not do much more to assist further warming because the research of climate physicists tells us that CO2 has reached “saturation” as to its warming influence (e.g. Richard Lindzen, William Happer). For example, an increase of CO2 from 400 to 800 ppm may only contribute to another 1-2 degrees of warming because the warming influence of added CO2 will decline “logarithmically”. More CO2= far less warming influence. Again, that further warming in net terms will be beneficial to life.

Further warming does not mean that tropical areas become hotter because added heat energy is distributed more to colder regions (polar areas) by convection currents in Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. Heat is also distributed to colder seasons and cooler times of day (i.e. night).

Lets end the irresponsible panic-porn over rising CO2, the food of all life that has been in historically short supply. Look at the many benefits of this amazing element in greening our world. More food for animal life, increased crop production for humanity. The apocalyptic climate change narrative has distorted entirely the true state of life.

Added note: Climate alarmists (“we are facing a climate crisis/catastrophe”) have repeatedly made claims that recent summer hot spells were “the hottest on record”. But the record they refer to is only the last few decades, or the past century or so of the modern weather record. When you place the climate vagaries of recent decades within the larger climate record of past millennia, and even further back, you see clearly that our climate change episodes are mild in comparison to the more sudden and more severe swings seen in long-term climate records (i.e. paleo-climate). Recent years are no where near “the hottest on record”.

For example, the 1930s had the hottest years of the past century and a half. And since 2016 we have been in another extended “warming pause”.

Humanity halting climate change?

There is an astonishing level of ignorance and arrogance (i.e. over-assuming and overstating the human influence on nature) in statements like this one from the ‘Weekly Roundup’ at the link below, that we can turn a CO2 knob and control climate.

“…more than half of the world’s economy is now committed to the pace of action we need to limit warming to 1.5-degree C…” Such statements assume that CO2 is the dominant influence on climate change and that our contributions to CO2 are dominant.

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #454

Two more quotes from the above link:

“The greenhouse effect of CO2 is ‘saturated’, meaning that virtually all the warming it can do, it is already doing. Thus, the claim CO2 may cause runaway greenhouse is contrary to the physics…

“(Climate physicist William) Happer suggests that the major problem in models is that they do not treat clouds correctly, water vapor increasing cloudiness and cooling overwhelms any warming from CO2.”

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Sorry, eh. But…

“Apocalyptic mythology has always made fools of normally bright people”.

Fascinating report on the possible origin of Covid:

https://nicholaswade.medium.com/origin-of-covid-following-the-clues-6f03564c038

Note: Martin Seligman in ‘Learned Optimism’ noted the post-WW2 reaction in US academia to “Boosterism”- the enthusiastic promotion of something. Academics came to believe that pessimism was deep, while optimism was shallow.

Science facts: Keep the larger paleo-climate context in mind in order to understand the “true state of things.” Wendell Krossa

Some interesting research has shown that the previous interglacial, the Eemian of some 130-115,000 years ago, was at least 1 degree C. warmer than our current Holocene interglacial. Others, like Patrick Moore, say the Eemian was 2-4 degrees C warmer. Both of the previous two interglacials were warmer than our Holocene interglacial. We are on a long-term cooling trend.

Add here that the warmer interglacials that punctuate glaciations also experience repeated episodes of warming and cooling periods. There is no such thing as stasis in climate. There are numerous natural shifts in climate that occur in cyclical patterns over decades, centuries, and millennia. Before blaming humanity, we ought to educate ourselves regarding these facts.

Over the 10,000 years of our interglacial there has been a long-term cooling trend with regard to the warm periods of our interglacial. The Holocene Optimum (roughly 7000 to 3000 BCE) was at least 1 degree warmer than our current modern warm period. Some say the Holocene Optimum was 3 degrees C warmer but that may refer to different local situations during that time. And the Roman (250 BCE to 400 CE) and Medieval (950 to 1250 CE) warm periods were at least 1 degree C warmer than today.

Over the last 5000 years since the Holocene Optimum ended, we have been on a long-term cooling trend, the “Neo-Glacial Period”. Each warm period is now cooler than previous ones. We are on a long-term climate trend that is declining toward a cooler future, not warmer. Cooling, not warming, ought to be our greater concern. After all, 15-20 times more people die from cold every year, than die from warmth.

Qualifier: Being a polite Canadian (“Sorry, eh”) I am conflicted over using potentially offense-inciting terms like “insanity, lunacy, craziness”. But how else to describe what is happening with climate alarmism today? Sorry, eh. But…

Stand back and observe...

Stand back for a moment and survey the public scene today, notably the alarmist movement that hysterically claims we face an existential “climate crisis”. Try to get some sense of the profound irrationality that has possessed so many people, irrationality that stems from the apocalyptic-porn narratives that now dominate the worldviews of many scientists, celebrities, politicians, and members of news media. A daily outpouring of madness.

The very basic food of all life- CO2- has been in historically short supply, at dangerously low levels in the pre-industrial era. Some 20,000 years ago it even dipped below 200 ppm, down to 185 ppm, just 35 ppm above the level at which all plant life dies- 150 ppm. Life on Earth was suffering from a long-term “CO2 starvation era”. See Patrick Moore’s excellent treatment of this paleo-climate history in his latest book “Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom” and his excellent essay on the same topic at-

http://ecosense.me/ecosense-wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CO2-Emissions.pdf

Now that CO2 has slightly recovered to 400-plus ppm, the planet has greened immensely, adding green vegetation equal to twice the size of the continental US over the past 40 years. However, CO2 is still far below the healthier levels of most of past history when CO2 was in the multiple-thousands of ppm. Life thrived during such eras. CO2 was at 7000 ppm during the Cambrian Explosion when the proto-forms of all modern life emerged. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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A false narrative of life, a true story of life

Section topics: The two fundamental narratives of life- old and new; The true state of life on Earth (main indicators); Celebrating CO2; Messing with politics, again; Messing with religion, again; Patterns in alarmism movements; Short list of Old Narrative Themes, New Story Alternatives; Science and speculation (human spirituality).

Quote from “Messing with religion, again” below in this section: “‘Love your enemy because God does’. The single most profound statement? Yes, because it takes us to the absolute height of being authentically human or humane. It takes us to unconditional love.”

Site projects: Wendell Krossa

This site responds to the absurdly exaggerated narrative of “climate crisis” and the destructive policy responses crafted by alarmists to save the world from that imagined apocalypse.

Yes, climate change is occurring. But the increased warmth (1 degree C. over the past century) has been beneficial to all life in our abnormally cold world where 15-20 times more people die from cold every year, than die from warmth.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2015/05/20/cold-weather-deaths/27657269/

Quote from above link: “The study — published in the British journal The Lancet — analyzed data on more than 74 million deaths in 13 countries between 1985 and 2012. Of those, 5.4 million deaths were related to cold, while 311,000 were related to heat.”

The further predicted 1-2 degrees C of warming will also be beneficial to life. For over 90% of the past 500 million years our world has been entirely ice free and life has flourished during such times where average temperatures were around 19.5 degrees Centigrade, not the average 14.5 degrees C of today’s ice-age era.

This site joins the challenge to the insane policy responses that are being pushed through by governments to solve the non-existent climate crisis. No policy has been more destructive than “decarbonization” that has already harmed the poorest people the most with rising energy/electricity costs. The worst is yet to come. Watch the rolling blackouts in California and unstable grids in Germany and Britain. These jurisdictions burden consumers with much higher electricity costs compared to other areas (e.g. Germans pay three times as much as Americans, Californians pay twice as much as other states).

This site also probes the mythology that still dominates human narratives today, narratives like climate alarmism, which has become more and more oriented to primitive apocalyptic themes. You see the eruption of this apocalyptic nonsense when climate alarmists repeatedly set dates for the end-of-days. The end never arrives because the narrative of “existential crisis” is anti-science and false. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Creating exaggerated fear

Section topics: Science and theology (climate alarmism and the Green movement in general are “profoundly religious movements” and must be responded to at that level); Climate complexity; Panic-porn; Excerpts on the radiative influence of CO2; Good fear, bad fear; Patrick Moore on the Agenda of fear; Bill Rees still pushing limits fear, and more…

Below is a reposting as climate alarmists continue to stir hysteria over natural climate change…

A brief summary of the basic issues of the climate debate (list of alarmist claims/facts just below)

These cover areas of disagreement between alarmists and skeptics.

Skeptics do not deny climate change but know that credible evidence challenges the extent of the ‘manmade’ element. Good evidence shows that we contribute very little to Earth’s Carbon cycles and that CO2 contributes very little to climate change in general (“A bit player”). Further, more warming and more CO2 will not be catastrophic to life but will be mostly beneficial, as increasing CO2 levels have already resulted in a significant greening of the planet with a 10-15% increase in green vegetation over just the past 4 decades. The outcome of this greening has been much more food for animal populations and increased crop production for humanity.

The climate issue concerns the future of our children and our civilization. Climate alarmism has become an apocalyptic movement that demonizes the basic food of all life- CO2- and wants to diminish that food supply with a destructive ‘salvation’ plan- “save the world” by decarbonization. That will be “The suicide of industrial civilization”, according to Richard Lindzen, atmospheric physicist and former MIT professor.

Posts on climate- evidence versus alarm

The following points are taken mainly from the “alarmist claim rebuttal update” posted at Wattsupwiththat.com Jan.14, 2021 https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ef-cpp-alarmist-claim-rebuttal-overview-021118.pdf. Other sources are from ‘Everythingclimate.org’ and other sites.

1. Alarmist claim: We have just experienced the hottest years on record.

Fact: For most of the past 10,000 years it has been hotter than today (i.e. Holocene Optimum, Roman Warm Period, Medieval Warm Period). The hottest years of the past century were in the 1920s and 1930s. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The contemporary embrace of primitive mythology

Topics below: Climate basics; Courage in the face of crowd madness; Secular? Scientific? (the basic themes of primitive apocalyptic have been embraced in contemporary environmental alarmism); Analyzing an issue, solving a problem- more on the primitive apocalyptic mythology behind Green religion/climate alarmism; Buried Jesus and the ongoing domination of apocalyptic mythology in Western consciousness; The prominent features of apocalyptic; Baggot on Mass (materialism and the nature of physical reality); Main features of human story.

Note: The ‘climate change’ alarm is a tangled mix of climate science, politics, economics, and religion/mythology. Confronting and solving the issue involves embracing all these elements.

Another: Embracing the primitive myth of apocalypse in today’s dominant ideology of Declinism is not progressive thinking. Declinism is the belief/ideology that life is declining toward something worse, toward some great collapse and ending. Apocalyptic declinism is a regression toward primitive mythical/religious thought at its worst and is a close-minded denial of the evidence on the amazing progress that life is making on all fronts (see, for example, Julian Simon’s Ultimate Resource, Humanprogress.org, and many similar sources).

Secular? Scientific?

A repeated argument on this site is that environmental alarmism is a profoundly religious movement, and a very primitive form of religious extremism and crowd madness, though its advocates/proponents may present themselves as modern, scientific, and even secular/atheist.

The basic themes that drive contemporary alarmism are mythical themes that differ very little from the ancient and primitive expressions that we find in early apocalyptic mythology. Those ancient themes have been given new expression with contemporary definitions, categories, and terminology. But the core ideas are just the same old, same old primitive thinking of past millennia.

Note these similarities between ancient mythology and contemporary “secular” alarmist ideology:

1. Ancient myth: There was an original paradise or perfection (Sumerian city of Dilmun, Eden).

Modern secular version: The past wilderness world was better, an earlier paradise world.

2. Ancient myth: Fallen, sinful people ruined the original paradise (Enki in Dilmun, Adam in Eden).

Modern secular version: Corrupt, greedy humanity has ruined the original paradise of a past wilderness world.

3. Ancient myth: After the “Fall”, life became corrupted and was heading toward apocalyptic disaster (e.g. the Zoroastrian vision of a corrupted world heading toward looming apocalypse, a vision that has shaped the Western religions).

Modern secular version: Life has become worse and is heading toward looming collapse and catastrophic ending (Arthur Herman in “The Idea of Decline in Western History”).

4. Ancient myth: The threat of apocalypse demands the violent purging of the threat to life (the “evil” corrupting thing in the world) in order to save the world. This also relates to the felt need to make a sacrifice to appease angered deity.

Modern secular version: We must save life from the corrupting threat that is industrial civilization (“population bomb”, too many longer-living people indulging over-consumption, enjoying the good life and modern technology too much). Today the coercive purging of an evil threat is seen in the push for rapid decarbonization (i.e. purging the “evil” pollution that is CO2). This is the “secular” sacrifice of moderns, giving up the good life in industrial civilization out of a felt need to appease for wrongs done.

5. Ancient myth: After the apocalyptic purging of the world, the lost paradise will be restored, or a new perfect world created.

Modern secular version: By limiting human population and purging the world of destructive industrial civilization, then we may restore the lost wilderness world, and install a new millennial paradise. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Same old patterns: Exaggerated fear… manipulation by apocalyptic prophets… incited survival response… widespread embrace of harmful “salvation” policies.

Same old patterns: There is a direct line from correlated causal factors to related responses. Apocalyptic-scale alarms incite survival fear in populations. Exaggerated fear leads to irrational acceptance of mythical apocalyptic scenarios and embrace of related harmful salvation schemes. The feature of “imminence” in apocalyptic scenarios, with dates repeatedly set just years or decades ahead, heightens fear and pushes populations to abandon democratic processes and embrace totalitarian solutions. Nothing is too crazy when you are told that you must help “save the world”… or else “we are all going to die” because the end is nigh.

Note on the true state of life: End-time dates are repeatedly set, and then reset again and again (goal posts repeatedly moved back), because the end never arrives. The rising and improving trajectory of life and human civilization refuse to cooperate with apocalyptic madness. Life is never perfect, and many problems remain to be solved, but over-all there is improvement across history, progress toward something better and not decline toward something worse. Human goodness and creativity continues to make life on this planet ever better. See ‘Humanprogress.org’ among other sources.

Good news update: https://notrickszone.com/2021/02/24/nasa-vegetation-index-globe-continues-rapid-greening-trend-sahara-alone-shrinks-700000-sq-km/?mc_cid=f8831d8b9b&mc_eid=bbd9cad85f.

Question: Why are the Greens not celebrating the massive greening of our planet? During this “CO2 starvation era”, with a small rise in basic plant food over the past century (increased atmospheric CO2), plant life is once again flourishing. And so animal and human life also benefits and flourishes. However, as was more common over most of past history, plants prefer CO2 levels in the 1000-1500 ppm. Those are more optimal and healthy levels.

Section topics:
– Super-predator gods
– Human story in Campbell’s “Hero’s journey” framework
– Illustrating madness movements in Manoboland
– Indur Goklany- there is no climate emergency.
– Rethinking drugs and addiction.
– Madness movements.
– The paleo-climate big picture for understanding climate issues.
– A list of Alarmist claims versus facts.
– There is a logarithmic decline in the warming influence of CO2 with increasing atmospheric levels (overturns the alarm over rising CO2 levels).
– 18 prominent myths and alternatives in theology/spirituality (the larger mythical background of contemporary alarmism movements like environmental alarmism).
– “Both-sideism” or Independent status.
– Bill Maher and self-awareness

More re site Project: Countering fear, exaggerated and unnecessary fear, notably, the fear some great metaphysical threat behind life, most commonly expressed through myths like apocalypse.

There is an ultimate meaning issue behind much human fear over history. It has to do with how early people, moved by their primary impulse for meaning, understood reality and life and explained that via their myths (systems of belief/meaning). The ancients struggled to understand and explain the obvious imperfections of the world (natural disasters, disease, animal predation and human cruelty) and the consequent suffering from that imperfection. Their solution was the creation of a complex of ideas that have continued to shape human understanding into the present in both religious and “secular” versions. And many of these primitive themes continue to incite unnecessary alarm in populations.

The central theme of early human narratives, the single most prominent pathology that has dominated human consciousness across history, has been the myth of some greater punitive, destroying Force or Spirit that punishes humanity through the natural world. This anti-human myth has deformed human consciousness with fear, anxiety, shame/guilt, and despair.

Bette Midler (Feb. 2021) offered a recent example of this still common belief in divine retaliation through nature- https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/bette-midler-texas-outages-god-punishing-ted-cruz-john-cornyn. She may have been joking somewhat, with only a smidgeon of truthiness, but her comment voiced, once again, the oldest and most destructive religious belief in our history- that of angry, vengeful gods punishing imperfect humanity. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Understanding apocalyptic alarmism and its anti-science mythology.

My own definition: Alarmism exaggerates legitimate problems out to apocalyptic scale with ‘end-of-days’ scenarios (i.e. apocalypse), speculating far beyond credible evidence, thereby distorting the true state of things.

From Wikipedia: “Alarmism is excessive or exaggerated alarm about a real or imagined threat. In the news media, alarmism can be a form of yellow journalism where reports sensationalise a story to exaggerate small risks.”

Another definition… “What is a alarmist person? Noun- a person who tends to raise alarms, especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities.”

“Alarmist/alarmism” are not used as pejoratives but to distinguish an extremist fringe movement from the general environmental concern that all of us share.

Joe Biden, 2020, “The world is on fire!”

What is the true state of life on Earth? (a brief summary view)

While problems exist everywhere, they are solvable and humanity has done well in caring for and preserving world resources. See, for example, Julian Simon’s ‘Ultimate Resource’ or ‘Population Bombed’ by Szurmak and Desrochers. Below are the main resources of our world. They are the main indicators of the true state of life on our planet. They all show that life is not declining toward something worse. There is no looming environmental apocalypse.

(1) World forest cover in the 1950s was 3.8 billion hectares (FAO stats). World forest cover today is 4.1-plus billion hectares, despite the world population tripling from 2.4 billion people in the early 1950s to almost 8 billion today. Deforestation rates continue to decline and reforestation/afforestation projects continue to succeed. We are not destroying the world’s forests. http://www.fao.org/forestry/fra/52045/en/

(2) Proven species extinctions. While any species extinction is unacceptable we have dramatically improved our care of nature. Species extinctions are on a notably declining trend line and have decreased from about 5 per year in 1870 to about 0.5 per year today (see the IUCN Red List All Extinct Species by Decade on p.101 of Patrick Moore’s new book ‘Fake Invisible Catastrophes And Threats of Doom’). While nature has destroyed over 95% of all species over the span of life on this planet, compassionate humanity is now protecting species as never before. See Julian Simon’s chapter on the IUCN report on species loss (in Ultimate Resource and other books) and the discredited assumption/correlation between habitat loss and species extinctions. The wrong assumption was that with habitat loss of 90% some 50% of species would go extinct. The assumption did not understand the resiliency, adaptability, and toughness of life. There is no species holocaust occurring.

(3) Climate change (the atmosphere as a main resource): There has been a mild one degree Centigrade of warming over the past century and a half. That slightly warmed our still abnormally cold world. We are in an “ice-age era”. Average surface temperatures today are around 14.5 degrees Centigrade. That is 5 degrees Centigrade below the more optimal average surface temperatures of the past 500 million years (19.5 degrees Centigrade). For over 90% of the past 500 million years there was no ice at the poles. That is a more normal and optimal world. And contrary to the falsified climate models, there is no settled evidence of much more warming occurring in the future. There is no “climate crisis” looming.

Also, most of our Holocene inter-glacial, that began around 11,000 years ago, has been warmer than today. The Holocene Climatic Optimum (roughly 10-5,000 years ago) was about 1 degree C. warmer. From about 5,000 years ago our interglacial began a long-term cooling trend (the “Neoglacial” period). However, two warm periods- The Roman Warm Period (250 BCE to 400 CE) and The Medieval Warm Period (950- 1,250 CE)- were warmer than today. Life overall and human civilization has flourished during such warming periods. (Correction: Previous comments re earlier Holocene temperatures 2-4 degrees C higher were references to localized situations and not global averages.)

(4) Ocean fisheries are not collapsing and aquaculture is meeting the growing human demand for fish. See Ray Hilborn reports and FAO summaries on fisheries. The world fisheries are not being decimated. https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/01/13/fisheries-management-is-actually-working-global-analysis-shows/

(5) The overall agricultural land-base is not severely degrading. Also, any soil erosion must be understood in net terms, as related to new soil regeneration rates. Further, over the past century and more, we have returned hundreds of millions of hectares of agricultural land back to nature as hi-yield GM crops enable farmers to produce more crop on the same or less land. We have probably already passed “peak-agricultural land” use. Humanity now produces 25% more food than we need. Hydroponics will also meet much of future food demands.

These, and other indicators, show that the overall long-term trajectory of life is improving, not worsening.

And a note to all of our children: Do not fear the future on our planet. With continued wealth creation we will continue to solve the remaining world resource problems and life will continue to get ever better than before. Your personal contribution to making life better will add to humanity’s overall success.

Section topics: Two best things happening today- the increase in basic plant food (rising CO2 levels) and the slight warming of an abnormally cold world; Dangerous patterns and outcomes in alarmism movements; Always the same old, same old (the same complex of primitive themes/myths have repeated across all history and across all the cultures of the world and still dominate world religions and contemporary ideologies like environmental alarmism; Two stories of life- decline and progress. Both cannot be true; Climate denialism/skepticism, alarmism, and good science; The death issue- arguments for why the conscious self does not die but transitions to an infinitely better existence; Resurging tribalism and the pettiness of retaliation cycles (eye for eye ethics); Fundamental shared values. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The four main essays

The 4 most important essays on this site: (1) Old Story Themes, New Story Alternatives (18 alternatives to the primitive mythical ideas that continue to dominate most human narratives today, whether religious or “secular”); (2) Buried under the Christ myth- History’s single most profound insight, the discovery that deity is a non-retaliatory, no conditions reality (no judgment, no exclusion of anyone, no punishment or destruction). This insight has been buried under the retaliatory, highly conditional Christ myth of Paul; (3) Living a human story- some interaction with Joseph Campbell’s points on the ‘Hero’s Journey’; (4) The Two Main Approaches to Organizing Human Societies- Collectivism versus the free individual (Left/Right, with mixed versions, and the immense benefits of Classic Liberalism).

Preface to Old Story/New Story themes Wendell Krossa

The belief/behavior relationship, or theology/ethics relationship, is as old as conscious humanity. People, driven/inspired by their primary impulse for meaning, have always tried to model their lives and societies according to some greater ideal or authority, mainly deity. Plato did this with his argument that the ideal life and society should be shaped according to the invisible Forms or perfect Ideals. The Hebrews followed this pattern in the Old Testament, shaping all aspects of their lives and society according to what they believed was the law, word, and will of their God. Anthropologist Clifford Geertz noted this practice among the Balinese of Indonesia who built their villages and homes according to what they believed was the divine model.

The critical role of belief in shaping human behavior and society (inspiring, validating human behavior) makes it vitally important that our guiding ideals/authorities are fully humane, in line with common humanity’s ever-advancing understanding of the authentically humane in all areas of life.

The 18 “Old story themes” below are some of the most dominant and influential ideas in history. They have shaped human consciousness across history via mythical and religious traditions. They continue to shape the worldviews of most moderns in “secular” or ideological versions.

The consequences from these subhuman ideas have been, and still are, significantly damaging, both personally and across wider societies. Evidence? On the personal level see psychotherapist Zenon Lotufo’s Cruel God, Kind God. See also the Millennial Studies historians noted in sections below- Richard Landes, Arthur Mendel, and David Redles. They have detailed how the ‘apocalyptic millennial’ complex of ideas contributed to the mass-death movements of the past century (Marxism, Nazism, environmental alarmism). Mendel (Vision and Violence) was right to conclude that “apocalyptic has been the most violent and destructive idea in history”. Also, Bob Brinsmead has often reminded us that “Men never do greater evil than when they do it in the name of God”.

The project to embrace better alternatives is about the full transformation and liberation of consciousness, and more humane outcomes in human life. The old ideas are no longer credible for defining or explaining reality and life.

(Revised) Old story themes, new story alternatives (rethinking 18 of the most fundamental ideas from across human history)

1. Old story theme: The myth of deity as a judging, punishing, and destroying reality that metes out final justice- rewarding the good, punishing the bad (i.e. threat theology). This myth continues as the cohering center of the world religions and is now also given expression in ‘secular’ versions such as vengeful Gaia, angry planet, pissed Mother Earth, retributive Universe, and payback karma- all the new retaliatory, destroying gods of environmental alarmism, history’s latest apocalyptic movement.

The myth of God as a retaliating, punishing reality has long under-girded human justice as similarly retaliatory and punitive. From early human beginnings, belief in a punitive deity has incited and affirmed the demand for punitive response to human imperfection and failure.

This primitive view of deity as punitive, of God as the Ultimate Destroyer (via apocalypse, hell), is the single most important “bad idea” to engage and correct. All other bad religious ideas are anchored to this foundational pathology in human thought.

New story alternative: The “stunning new theology” that God (Ultimate Consciousness, Mind, Intelligence, Source) is an inexpressible “no conditions love”, a non-retaliatory Reality. The adjective “unconditional” points to our highest understanding of love and is therefore most critical for defining deity as transcendent “Goodness”. Takeaway? There is no ultimate judgment, no ultimate exclusion of anyone, no demand for payment or sacrifice to appease angry deity, no need for redemption or salvation, and no ultimate punishment or destruction of anyone (no such mind-perverting horror as “hell”).

Why bother with these speculative metaphysical corrections? Because we need to counter humanity’s “primal fear of after-life harm” that is the outcome of millennia of shaman/priests/pastors beating bad religious ideas into human consciousness and subconscious. Also, we need to sever the age-old relationship of validating bad behavior with bad beliefs. However you may try to affirm justice as punitive treatment of the failures of others, know that deity as unconditional reality does not validate such efforts. See “The Christian Contradiction (Historical Jesus versus Paul’s Christ myth)”, below. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The ultimate liberation- freedom from primal fears

Section topics: Going Green is going to hurt… a lot; Justin messing up grade school science; Alarmist exaggeration and hysteria; David Altheide on Creating Fear: News and the construction of crisis; Richard Lindzen on the “saturation” of the CO2 warming effect; The insane demonization and fear of CO2; The most basic of common shared values; Ideas and their impacts; End the curse of threat theology, both religious and environmental versions; Forget and repeat (apocalyptic millennial ideas in the mass-death movements of Marxism, Nazism, and now environmental alarmism; Blocking totalitarianism; Climate change agreement (basic assumptions in the climate debate).

Alarmist exaggeration and hysteria

Environmental alarmism exaggerates problems in life with speculation that is wildly beyond observed evidence. Alarmists focus on imperfections and natural changes in our world and exaggerate potential problems out to apocalyptic-scale and then prophesy that the end of the world is coming. That is stunningly irresponsible and dangerous fear-mongering with elements of pathological nihilism and anti-humanism (i.e. blame humanity for all problems).

Alarmism incites the worst of human emotions and responses. Alarmism burdens people with unnecessary fear, anxiety, and depression (i.e. majorities of the world population now believe that the world is getting worse). Alarmism irresponsibly arouses the survival impulse in populations and that overrides the rationality of many people. Alarmists then manipulate populations to embrace salvation schemes (i.e. “save the world”) that have far worse outcomes than the purported original problem.

The salvation schemes of alarmists advocate the need for “coercive purging” of some imagined threat. Alarmist salvationism argues for subverting normal democratic processes, banning dissent, silencing skeptics, and even criminalizing opponents to their apocalyptic movement. They advocate for the “instantaneous transformation” of society and life because the threat is always imminent and dire. There is no time for discussion debate, or disagreement. Dates must be legislated and enforced with state coercion because the alarmist’s apocalyptic vision is unquestionable dogma/truth.

The outcomes of alarmist terrorism have been horrifically destructive as evident in these examples: Rachel Carson’s apocalyptic narrative in Silent Spring influenced the ban on DDT that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions of people in following decades, many of them children (see The Excellent Powder by Tren and Roberts). The bio-fuels fiasco resulted in rising food prices for the poorest people and further deforestation for palm oil plantations. The anti-GM crops/foods activism resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions of children denied Vitamin A in Golden Rice. The push for decarbonization has already harmed the poorest people with rising energy prices and will further devastate the populations of developing countries that are trying to escape poverty with the help of inexpensive fossil fuels.

Understand the background narratives- i.e. notably apocalyptic mythology- that fuel alarmist movements. This site probes the history and main themes of the apocalyptic complex of themes and their descent down through history- from primitive mythologies, to world religions, to the “secular” ideologies of our contemporary world (i.e. Declinism- the myth that life declines toward some great catastrophic collapse and ending). Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Love at the core of reality- the rejection of divine threat

Section topics: Musing on theology- greater reality as Mind, Consciousness, and Self; Projecting subhuman features onto Ultimate Reality (monster gods); The features of humanity’s highest ideal and authority- deity- and the powerful influence on human life; Punitive, destroying deity and mass-death outcomes (a critical correlation- ‘apocalyptic millennial’ themes in Marxism, Nazism, and environmental alarmism); The alternative to punitive/destroying deity- God as no conditions Love; The true state of life on earth- evidence on the status of basic resources; Fear as manipulation (social control); Resurging tribalism; The logarithmically declining influence of CO2 on climate; Offensive justice (restorative); Today’s petty ‘eye for eye’ cycles.

End the insanity of apocalyptic hysteria, now oriented to the end-of-days coming via imminent “climate catastrophe”. A critical requirement: Bring down the punitive, destroying God at the core of apocalyptic mythology. Apocalyptic- “the most violent and destructive myth in history”- is still one of the most prominent myths of humanity, in both religious and secular versions. This site is a project to go to the root of the problem and counter the primitive “threat theology” of apocalyptic. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Don’t fear the basic food of life- CO2. It is not dangerously warming the planet. It is greening our planet.

Quotes from link below: “Hayden’s paper reinforces the findings of W. A. van Wijngaarden and W. Happer (W & H): adding CO2 to today’s atmosphere will not cause significant (or dangerous) warming… As the concentration increases, the strength wanes. Somewhat like the acceleration of a car, without gears. Initially, it will accelerate quickly but as it reaches maximum speed, acceleration slows, no matter how hard the driver presses the gas petal to the floor. As the concentration of CO2 increases the influence of each molecule declines.

“The lesson here is that at low concentrations, CO2 is a very effective Infrared Radiation (IR) absorber, hence a very effective greenhouse gas. By this, we mean that if a bit more CO2 is added, the greenhouse effect increases substantially.

“At higher CO2 concentrations, adding more CO2 does little to increase the greenhouse effect, for the simple reason that most (not all) of the IR that CO2 can absorb is already absorbed.” When CO2 ceases to be an effective IR absorber, the wavelengths are said to be saturated. Additional absorption requires absorption by other IR wavelengths, which are not absorbed as readily.

“In other words, at very low concentrations, CO2 is a strong Greenhouse Gas (GHG); at the present concentration, CO2 is a weak GHG. This information has been around since long before Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and long before the First Assessment Report FAR) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

“The paper reinforces the research showing the relationship between CO2 and temperatures are logarithmic. Adding CO2 to the current atmosphere will cause little warming, and carbon dioxide capture and sequestering is an exercise of little value.”

Source:

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #432

Section topics: The liberating role of blasphemy; The contradiction between the theology of Historical Jesus (non-retaliatory deity) and Paul’s theology of ultimate divine retaliation; The transformation of an ultimate ideal/authority- deity; Common shared values; Ongoing hysteria (panic-porn) over the natural world and natural change in climate; Basic climate facts; Two best things happening today (more plant food in a CO2 starvation era and more warmth in a suboptimal ice-age era); Deliver a death blow to humanity’s greatest monster and enemy- threat theology; More on climate change; Don’t scare the kids with apocalyptic nonsense. Help them know the true state of life as improving (Julian Simon); Rejecting the oppositional dualism of either religion or materialism/atheism as the two alternatives available to humanity; and more…

Blasphemy as defense of freedom

Most definitions state that blasphemy is “not respecting, insulting, or showing contempt for God, religion, or sacred things”. And it offends religious people.

These definitions miss a larger point. Blasphemy when done well is not primarily about offending, hurting, or humiliating religious devotees but about serving the larger purpose of protecting human freedom. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The complex of “bad ideas”, and alternatives

Preface to Old Story/New Story themes

The belief/behavior relationship, or theology/ethics relationship, is as old as conscious humanity. People, driven/inspired by their primary impulse for meaning, have always tried to model their lives and societies according to some greater ideal or authority, mainly deity. Plato did this with his argument that the ideal life and society should be shaped according to the invisible Forms or perfect Ideals. The Hebrews followed this pattern in the Old Testament, shaping all aspects of their lives and society according to what they believed was the law, word, and will of their God. Anthropologist Clifford Geertz noted this practice among the Balinese of Indonesia who built their villages and homes according to what they believed was the divine model.

The critical role of belief in shaping human behavior and society (inspiring, validating human behavior) makes it vitally important that our guiding ideals/authorities are fully humane, in line with common humanity’s ever-advancing understanding of the authentically humane in all areas of life.

The 18 “Old story themes” below are some of the most dominant and influential ideas in history. They have shaped human consciousness across history via mythical and religious traditions. They continue to shape the worldviews of most moderns in “secular” or ideological versions.

The consequences from these subhuman ideas have been, and still are, significantly damaging, both personally and across wider societies. Evidence? On the personal level see psychotherapist Zenon Lotufo’s Cruel God, Kind God. See also the Millennial Studies historians noted in sections below- Richard Landes, Arthur Mendel, and David Redles. They have detailed how the ‘apocalyptic millennial’ complex of ideas contributed to the mass-death movements of the past century (Marxism, Nazism, environmental alarmism). Mendel (Vision and Violence) was right to conclude that “apocalyptic has been the most violent and destructive idea in history”. Also, Bob Brinsmead has often reminded us that “Men never do greater evil than when they do it in the name of God”.

The project to embrace better alternatives is about the full transformation and liberation of consciousness, and more humane outcomes in human life. The old ideas are no longer credible for defining or explaining reality and life.

(Revised) Old story themes, new story alternatives (rethinking 18 of the most fundamental ideas from across human history)

1. Old story theme: The myth of deity as a judging, punishing, and destroying reality that metes out final justice- rewarding the good, punishing the bad (i.e. threat theology). This myth continues as the cohering center of the world religions and is now also given expression in ‘secular’ versions such as vengeful Gaia, angry planet, pissed Mother Earth, retributive Universe, and payback karma- all the new retaliatory, destroying gods of environmental alarmism, history’s latest apocalyptic movement.

The myth of God as a retaliating, punishing reality has long under-girded human justice as similarly retaliatory and punitive. From early human beginnings, belief in a punitive deity has incited and affirmed the demand for punitive response to human imperfection and failure.

This primitive view of deity as punitive, of God as the Ultimate Destroyer (via apocalypse, hell), is the single most important “bad idea” to engage and correct. All other bad religious ideas are anchored to this foundational pathology in human thought. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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