Linda Kimball
Evolutionism: the dying West's science of magic and madness
By Linda Kimball
February 15, 2010

If we and our always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.... But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster, Address to the New York Historical Society, 1852,

Heedless to the warnings of wise men like Daniel Webster, since the turn of the century increasing numbers of Americans have been turning their backs on the rational, personal God, and by extension, on the source of their humanity, and of their unalienable rights. Like yesterday's pagans during the declining days of the Greco-Roman civilization, they are today either practical atheists aimlessly wandering in a spiritual desert of nihilism or spellbound, are desperately trying to find meaning and purpose from the mesmerizing ideologies that arose out of the heart of Christendom, during the time of the Renaissance.

In his two books, "The Occult Underground: The Dawn of the New Age" and "The Occult Establishment," historian James Webb chronicles the rise of an occult intelligentsia as it emerged out of the Renaissance. Webb sees the Renaissance as a spiritually traumatic time in which the spiritual roots of many people were shaken free of Christianity. As a result, they eagerly embraced the pantheistic /materialistic occult traditions — Hermeticism, Theosophy, Buddhism, esoteric Cabbalism, alchemy, neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism — sweeping into Christendom at that time. His book, "The Occult Underground" was originally called "The Flight from Reason" because Western man had turned back to occultism — the science of magic. Webb's main point is that since the Renaissance, a powerfully influential occult community existing at the highest levels of society has been both the intelligentsia and the real powers behind what has been variously called the Progressive Underground, the Anti-Establishment, and the Counter Culture, the aim of which is twofold: first, the total destruction of the Old Order based on Christianity , and second, the creation of a utopian New World Order which is to rise out of the smoldering ashes of the Old Order.

Under the term occultism are included various practices broadly categorized as animism, astrology, divination (called channeling today), fetishism, shamanism, and underlying all of these is magic.

Magic is generally understood to be an interference with the normal 'way things work' in the course of nature. In short, it is an attempt at procuring godlike powers in order to "unmake" reality and then to recreate a second reality, which is really an illusion. Powerful 'miracles' are wrought by tapping into or even communicating with unseen energies and/or spirit-powers underlying and running through the universe. Generally this is done by way of speaking magic words (invocations, incantations), through alchemical formulas, gestures, secret rituals, and other mysterious actions knowable only to magicians, wizards, gurus, god-men, shamans, witches, sorcerers, and other such adepts who claim to possess deep inner-gnosis and even psychic powers.

The return to the ancient science of magic produced two currents of animism: Eastern/occult pantheism and rationalist/materialist/secularism.

Essentiality, animism is the belief that not only is all of nature animated — including both living and non-living things — but that the animating force or spirit conveys power and influence. Western occult-pantheism speaks of animating spirit or soul while materialism speaks of miracle-producing 'knowing' energies that in their modern forms, animate and inform what can be viewed as either discarnate entities or 'force and/or voice ideas' called memes, genes, dialectical matter, chance, causation, determinism, evolution, and neurons, for example.

Enrico Ferri (1856-1926), a prominent socialist of his day, and an Italian criminologist who for many years was the editor of Avanti, a socialist daily, speaks of the miracle-producing 'knowing' energies animating nonliving ideological systems, or idea-forces. Note that he endows positive science with 'choice-making' ability:

Writing in "Socialism and Religious Beliefs," a spellbound Ferri babbles: "...."modern positive science...has substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity....I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution." (

In the following example, madman Gustav Wetter expounds on the magical properties animating and informing nonliving matter and dialectic, a "voice-idea":

"...matter itself continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialectic...the dialectical materialists attribution of 'dialectic' to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones." (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)

Karl Marx's dialectical-materialism cannot be understood apart from the inventor of the dialectic system, master-magician G.W.F. Hegel. Hegel was an important member of the occult intelligentsia. He closely studied the magic traditions, including Hermeticism, esoteric Kabala, and theosophy as well as mesmerism, psychic phenomena, dowsing, precognition, and sorcery. He professed belief in a pantheistic Earth Spirit, and informally aligned himself with Hermetic societies, the materialist-Freemasons, and the pantheist-Rosicrucian's. (Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Glenn Alexander Magee, 2001)

In reworking Hegel's dialectic, Karl Marx incorporated into his systematized 'voice and force ideas' — dialectical materialism — the Hermetic science magic of Hegel's system. Hermeticism is the secret science of magic created by Hermes Trismegistus Thoth who lived in ancient Egypt. In his Biographia Antiqua, the English occultist Frances Barret wrote that Hermes "communicated the sum of the Abyss, and divine knowledge to all posterity." The foundations of Hermeticism are forbidden knowledge — revelations — revealed to Hermes during an out-of-body experience. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurias Trismegistus relates Hermes mystical encounter with The Great Dragon. Calling itself Poimandres, the Mind of the Universe, the Dragon transformed itself into a glorious being of Light and proceeded to 'illuminate' Hermes with the forbidden knowledge that would eventually find its' way into Hegel's dialectic and from there into Marx's dialectical materialism. (

Naturalistic Evolutionism: The Science of Magic

Though taught under the guise of empirical science, naturalistic evolution is really a spiritual concept whose taproot stretches back to the dawn of history. It was then, reports ancient Jewish historian Josephus, that Nimrod (Amraphel in the Old Testament) used terror and force to turn the people away from God and toward the worship of irrational nature. Moving forward in time to the Greco-Roman world, evolution serves as the mechanism of soul-transference in metempsychosis and transmigration of souls. In the ancient East, the mystical Upanishads refine evolution and it becomes the mechanism of soul-movement in involutions, emergences, incarnations, and reincarnation. In that both rationalist/materialist/secularism and its' counterpart Eastern/occult pantheism are modernized nature pseudo-religions, it comes as no surprise that evolution serves as their 'creation mythos'.

Evolution, writes Norman Geisler, covers three basic areas: the origin of the universe; the origin of first life, and the origin of new life forms. (Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, pp. 224)

In the broad sense, and as used by the traditional Roman Catholic Church for instance, evolution merely refers to a rational process of development. In this view, after the transcendent rational, personal God created all things ex nihilo and then made man in His image, there commenced a rational process of development guided by Him. It is this process that some people refer to as evolution.

What's more, it is Christianity and not naturalism that is the mother of modern science.

In an article titled "On Science and Culture" in Encounter, Oct. 1962, J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of Advanced Study at Princeton (1947) stressed that modern science was born out of the Christian worldview. (How Should We Then Live? Francis A. Schaeffer, p. 132)

Highly respected philosopher and mathematician, Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), agrees with Oppenheimer. In the Harvard University Lowell Lectures entitled "Science and the Modern World" (1925) Whitehead said that Christianity is the mother of modern science because of "the medieval insistence in the rationality of God." With complete confidence "in the intelligible rationality of a personal being," continued Whitehead, early scientists had an "inexpugnable belief that every detailed occurrence can be correlated with its' antecedents in a perfectly definite manner, exemplifying general principles. Without this belief the incredible labors of scientists would be without hope." (ibid, pp. 132, 133)

The key words here are 'rational, personal Being' as opposed to the irrationality of today's science counterfeit: naturalistic science.

"Christianity," summarized Francis Schaeffer, "is the mother of modern science because it insists that the God who created the universe has revealed himself in the Bible to be the kind of God he is. Consequently, there is a sufficient basis for science to study the universe." (ibid, p. 134)

By contrast, and despite the well-established fact based on the work of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) conclusively demonstrating that life does not begin spontaneously from nonlife, all Naturalist scientists of both materialist and pantheist schools stubbornly cling to the notion that it somehow did, right at the beginning of everything. The universe, laws, dimension, time, life, mind, memory, reason — all somehow emerged from something comparable to a self-created rock that spontaneously emerged from nothing. (ibid, p. 229)

Today, in addition to original Darwinism — which many scientists have already rejected as useless — there are three other versions of Naturalist evolutionism: neo-Darwinism, punctuated equilibrium, and panspermia, the notion that life was seeded on Earth by highly evolved beings either from another planet, or from another dimension. The latter two versions are favored by powerful Transnational Progressive New Age occult insiders such as Marilyn Ferguson, Robert Muller and Barbara Marx Hubbard as well as by channeling cults who are excitedly 'receiving revelations' from discarnate entities calling themselves the Space Brothers, the Council of Nine, Transcended Masters, and more recently, the ancient Ennead of Egypt.

What Some Scientists are Saying About Naturalistic-Evolution

"When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: Creation or spontaneous generation. There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds, therefore we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance." George Wald, Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1967

"One of the determining forces of scientism was a fantastic accidental imagination which could explain every irregularity in the solar system without explanation, leap the gaps in the atomic series without evidence, postulate the discovery of fossils which have never been discovered, and prophecy the success of breeding experiments which have never succeeded. Of this kind of science it might truly be said that it was 'knowledge falsely so called." (David C.C. Watson, The Great Brain Robbery, 1976)

"The pathetic thing is that we have scientists who are trying to prove evolution, which no scientist can ever prove." Robert Andrews Millikan, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1923, Nashville Banner

"The irony is devastating. The main purpose of Darwinism was to drive every last trace of an incredible God from biology. But the theory replaces God with an even more incredible deity — omnipotent chance
...." (T. Rosazak, Unfinished Animal, pp. 101-102, 1975)

In short, the age of irrationalism, lawlessness, hedonism, megalomania, and utopia-madness commenced when the rational personal God, His Revelation, unchanging Truth and Universal Moral Law were cunningly displaced by naturalistic evolutionism, astral-plane spirit-revelations, pantheistic-conceptions of god-forces, christ-consciousness, animated 'thinking' dead matter , 'force and voice ideas, ' inverted morality and moral relativism, Orwellian doublespeak, and terrible-willed megalomaniacs claiming to be supermen and god-men. These are the unifying factors of Bolshevism, Nazism, and America's Progressive Liberalism.

Occult Triumphant

Whereas occult pantheism quietly flowed beneath 'red-colored' atheist-materialist-communism and Nazism during the twentieth century, that order is quickly reversing. Today, 'green-colored' occult pantheist-socialism is brazenly striding onto the world-stage in full public view while materialist-secularism slowly fades to black. Already, zealous High Priests and Priestesses of the occult arts are calling the U.N the world church and the world mind, while other madmen such as David Spangler, demand that everyone submit to a satanic-initiation to qualify for entry to the coming green New World Order.

New Age pantheism teaches the divinity of man. Mankind is divine because a mindless, impersonal god-force called Universal Oneness is the divine spark within man and all living creatures. Some New Age proponents, such as influential insider Benjamin Crème who regularly channels Maitreya, declare that a rock is as much god as humans are. Delirious Crème intones:

"You are God. I am God. This microphone is God. This table is God. All is God" (The Kingdom of the Occult," Martin, Rische, Van Gordon, p. 215)

In short: "You can be as God, hissed the snake"

Portent of Things to Come

Almost thirty years ago, two well-respected social science scholars, William Sims Bainbridge and Rodney Stark, found themselves alarmed by what they saw as a rising tide of irrationalism and superstition — channeling cults, spirit familiars, Wicca, Satanists, goddess worshippers, 'gay' shamans, and other such occult madness — at every level of society, even unto the highest corridors of power. Like many scientists, they were equally concerned by Christian opposition to naturalistic evolution.

As is common in the science community, Bainbridge and Stark assumed the cause of these social pathologies were somehow due to fundamentalism, their term for orthodox Christianity. Yet to their credit, the research they undertook to discover the cause was conducted both scientifically and with great integrity. What they found was so startling that it caused them to re-evaluate their attitude toward Christianity. Their findings led them to say:

"It would be a mistake to conclude that fundamentalists oppose all science (when in reality they but oppose) a single theory (that) directly contradicts the bible. But it would be an equally great mistake to conclude that religious liberals and the irreligious possess superior minds of great rationality, to see them as modern personalities who have no need of the supernatural or any propensity to believe unscientific superstitions. On the contrary...they are much more likely to accept the new superstitions. It is the fundamentalists who appear most virtuous according to scientific standards when we examine the cults and pseudo-sciences proliferating in our society today." ("Superstitions ,Old and New," The Skeptical Inquirer (formerly The Zetetic), Vol. IV, No. 4; Summer, 1980, pp. 18, 23, 26, 28, 30)

In more detail they observed:

"Table 3 shows two very interesting things. First, it reveals that 'born agains' are much less likely than other students to accept radical cults and pseudoscientific beliefs. Second, it reveals that the group with no religious affiliation is receptive to these unscientific notions. On three of the seven items, in fact, those with no religion are the most favorable toward occultism" (ibid)

With its Christian foundations nearly destroyed, the Western civilized world is dying while rising triumphantly from its' ashes is a green occult New World Order. Where God, objective standards of truth and right and wrong once reigned supreme, hideous specters of madness, rebellion, unnaturalness, and blasphemy now haunt every level of society. Under the guiding hands of legions of daydream-believers, barbarian true-believers, megalomaniacs, and the outright possessed, the West is falling through a rabbit hole into a dark fantasy realm located on the other side of the Looking Glass — a kingdom of madness, horror, murder, and mayhem run by Red Queens, Mad Hatters and barbarians.

Here is a great example of Mad Hatter syndrome from Robert Weissberg :

The Civil Rights Division encourages qualified applicants with targeted disabilities to apply. Targeted disabilities are deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorder, mental retardation, mental illness, severe distortion of limbs and/or spine. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements and are able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation are encouraged to identify targeted disabilities in response to the questions in the Avue application system seeking that information. For additional information for applicants with targeted disabilities, please contact the Civil Rights Division's Disability Program Manager, Diane Petrie, at (202) 514-3934.

You read correctly: The DOJ is encouraging job applications from the mentally ill, those with convulsive disorders, the mentally retarded (hear that, Rahm Emmanuel!), the blind, the deaf and the immobile to work as government lawyers. Perhaps we should be thankful that the list did not include the transgendered, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, transvestites and those still uncertain. (Justice is Blind but it is now Deaf, Crazy, and Retarded, Too"
(Robert Weissberg, )

Ideas Have Consequences

Almost sounding like Daniel Webster, Bainbridge and Stark concluded their startling findings with this dire warning:

"Those who hope that a decline in traditional religion would inaugurate a new Age of Reason ought to think again....Apparently, when Christianity loses its grip on large numbers of people, deviant religious alternatives arise, and get hold of some of the unchurched... Persons with no religious affiliation are often among the first to toy with novel or exotic supernatural notions and are not the secular rationalists we might want to think them. Cults flourish precisely where the conventional churches are weakest...(also), numbers of unchurched people seek private contact with the supernatural....a further decline in the influence of conventional religion may not inaugurate a scientific Age of Reason but might instead open the floodgates for a bizarre new Age of Superstition." ("Superstitions ,Old and New," The Skeptical Inquirer (formerly The Zetetic), Vol. IV, No. 4)

Additional Resources:

SCP Journal, Volume 24:4-24:1 2001

Related Essay:

In the Shadow of Leviathan: America's Arising Fear-Based Society

© Linda Kimball


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