Sunday, May 27, 2012

Atheists as a third category of Darwinist (revised)

NEW YORK -- Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history.
Not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself.
Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the point that "even the skeptics can accept it."
from Richard Leakey: Evolution Debate Soon Will Be History

If we know this and then look upon the appearance of atheism, upon the complete denial of the Divine, we shall find the reason for this atheism. Only those human beings, my dear friends — naturally, we need the methods of spiritual science in order to recognize this — only those human beings are atheists in whose organism something is organically disturbed. To be sure, this may lie in very delicate structural conditions, but it is a fact that atheism is in reality a disease.
This is the first thing we have to hold fast: atheism is a disease. For, if our organism is completely healthy, the harmonious functioning of its various members will bring it about that we ourselves sense our origin from the Divine — ex deo nascimur.
from The Mission of the Archangel Michael, IV: The Culture of the Mysteries and the Michael Impulse....

So, it seems that a true inability to accept the existence of the spirit, and a real belief that the world is the result of the random motion of some yet-undiscovered eternal particles, is itself the result of an unsuccessful random mutation! So, is is possible that Leakey's position is the result of an honest attempt to explain our origins. Many atheists are good people devoted to truth and progress, but with an unfortunate ailment that prevents them from accepting the existence of God. The TV character House is another example, although he has other reasons to be miserable.

I rejected religion for a while, and God with it, but I kept an open mind and eventually arrived at the sense which Steiner describes above - that we have a divine origin.  We descended from the spiritual world into the "physical" world, and now we're headed back into the spiritual world, which is precisely what the Devil hopes to prevent. One of the best defenses against his efforts is to think, but to keep one's thinking grounded in the "physical" world.

In keeping with my own advice, I have to revise my opinion on Darwinists to include a third category besides those who are unaware of its limitations, and those who are dedicated to evil and push Darwinism even though they know it's impossible. This third category consists of atheists who are genuinely INCAPABLE of believing in God, and making a good-faith effort to explain our origins.