Worldviews Summer: Christian World View – The Coming of the Goddess to The Land of Our Fathers

Sermon by Peter Jones on August 18, 2004

Wednesday Evening

August 18, 2004

“Christian World View”

“The Coming of the Goddess to the Land of Our Fathers”

Dr. Peter Jones

….The coming of the goddess to the land of our
fathers…the title I propose to you as I attempt to describe what I think has
happened in particular in America in the last generation. I want to first of
all introduce that subject with some thoughts about the great American
Revolution.

I believe the American Revolution which is the most
critical for America happened very recently. How did it happen? What was it?

Well, I want to look at the influence of the
Sixties. What was the agenda in the Sixties? It was an agenda of destruction.
But it was also an agenda of reconstruction of a totally different worldview.
So that’s more or less the plan of my talk in this first hour.

You can probably feel it in your bones, like the
rag-tag Colonists hearing the staccato sound of the advancing, implacable
British war machine before the Redcoats actually arrived on Lexington Green.
Or, like the poorly equipped handful of foot soldiers in the World War II movie
Saving Private Ryan, who prepare to defend a bridge in a small French
town, sensing the rumblings of the oncoming German tanks and hearing the eerie
screeching of their metal tracks over those old cobblestone streets long before
that overwhelming firepower appears in sight to blast them into eternity. I
imagine most of you hearing me say this sense that there is something afoot in
once-Christian America. The earth is moving. The kings of the earth are
conspiring together against the Lord and His Christ, and the Christian faith in
Christian America in this day and age is under serious assault, and that’s why I
suggest to you that the most radical American Revolution took place not in 1776,
when you all revolted against my king, but in the last generation of the
twentieth century.

In these last thirty or so years, we have witnessed
the first Great Awakening — of Paganism. In this land known for its spiritual
awakenings of the Christian faith, we have witnessed the first great awakening
of Paganism, which indeed has deconstructed Western Christendom and produced a
radical transformation of this once-Christian society. Couched in emotive
language of democratic rights and fair play, religious Paganism has taken
control of the collective mind of the West. The pro-gay marriage forces state
their case in civic revolutionary terms. I quote: “Just as our forefathers
rejected King George’s oppressive laws in 1776, we should reject today the
unfair laws regulating marriage.”

I would suggest to you that between unfair
taxes–that worldwide empire did cost a tidy sum–and the gay marriage issue,
there is surely no comparison. The latter is the true revolution against the
entire Western understanding of the family, of marriage, including that indeed
of the pagan Greeks and Romans.

You know, some people don’t believe that a
revolution has taken place. The radicals on the left want you to believe
there’s been no culture war, that things are going on just as normal. I
remember sitting a year or so ago in a seminar of the American Academy of
Religion, and it was a group of radical Feminists sitting up there talking about
the culture. And one of them, who had written a book called, The Changing of
the Gods
, had the arrogance to suggest that nothing had happened. Well, I
mean, when you change gods, something serious has happened, right? It’s not
something like the invention of sliced bread. Something serious has happened.

Another one of these Feminists was talking about the
right-wing backlash, and she mentioned one of these typical right-wing books,
Spirit Wars
, of which I was the author! Well, I quietly hid my name just so
that I wouldn’t get attacked at that particular moment! Yeah, according to the
radicals, nothing’s happened. It’s just the normal turning over of the American
democratic process.

Chuck Colson thinks the war has taken place, but
it’s far from lost. Don Richard Newhouse claims that America is incorrigibly
Christian. He says, “The Christianity of America is as confused as it is
incorrigible.” And he takes some encouragement from that, that America is still
profoundly Christian. But I think a confused Christianity is as dangerous as
anything I can imagine. Gertrude Himmelfarb, a Jewish historian and observer of
the culture, recently wrote a book One Nation, Two Cultures: A Moral Divide,
and stated, “There has been a culture war, and the left won it.” David Fromm,
in the book, How We Got Here: The Seventies, the Decade that Brought You
Modern Life
, says that his book attempts to describe “The most total social
reformation that the United States has lived through since the coming of
industrialization.” Roger Kimball, in his book The Long March, describes
the upheaval that took place from the Sixties on: “As an upheaval of dramatic
proportions, a momentous social and moral assault has been unleashed on our
education and cultural institutions. We have lost our moral consensus.”

An example of this in the recent news is when Tom
DeLay, the third-ranking Republican in the House, offered the opinion about what
had happened in America: that “the small elite of opinion-makers was waging a
cultural coup d’etat
on our country’s fundamental values.” And the reaction to that was to
suggest that he himself was actually guilty of a culture war. A House Democrat
said that ‘that kind of a statement was ugly, mean-spirited, partisan culture
warfare.’ But the truth of the matter is, there was an ugly, mean-spirited,
partisan culture war, and it happened in the Sixties. And now we’re told that
we should act as if it didn’t happen, and just get on with life, as if things
are fine.

I would suggest to you that in this last generation
some major things have happened. I want to give you a list and see if you
resonate with my observations. Just notice–and I won’t go into any detail–the
things that have happened in the last generation: the victory of the sexually
liberated over the sexually inhibited; the victory of a new censorship of speech
over free speech; the victory of women as breadwinners over bread-makers (I mean
by that women as mothers and homemakers); the victory of divorce over marriage;
the victory of the Feminists over the patriarchs; the victory of a woman’s right
to abort her child over the unborn child’s right to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness; the victory of the child’s rights over the parents’.

Let me stop there for a moment and say to you a
statement from an article written by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1973 in The
Harvard Educational Review
. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has not changed
her opinion from this statement. She advocated liberating our “child citizens
from the empire of the father.”

The victory of the multi-culturalist over the
American melting pot; the victory of gays over straights; the victory of moral
chaos over moral consensus; the victory of the irrational over the rational; of
the earth/space spiritualists over the materialists; of spirituality over God;
of the Postmodern over Modernity; of political correctness over the pursuit of
truth; of the rest of creation over human beings.

Just down the road in Princeton, Pete Singer, who is
considered by some one of the most influential living philosophers, says this:
“For three thousand years at least, the majority of people have considered that
human beings were special. Well, not any more. It is no longer possible to
live by the idea that there is something special, unique, even sacred about
human beings.”

The victory of the goddess over God; the victory of
DCE/CE over BC/AD. These are not motorcar numbers I’m talking about. Some of
you who are aware of what’s happening in academia know that in this last
generation we have dropped the references to time in terms of before Christ, AD,
Anno Domini. Now we refer to time in this totally meaningless and foolish,
innocuous way as “before common era” and “common era.” What on earth that
means, I have no idea, but it enables people to avoid bringing Christ as the
center of history, and indeed what that really represents is that history has
lost any sense of direction. And the victory of many ways over the one way.

Is that a revolution? That is incredible to me.
When you can lay those things down, and people have the gall to say there’s
nothing that’s changed…how can so many, so blessed with the gospel in this
country, the fortress of evangelical Christianity in the recent history of the
modern world, go so morally and spiritually haywire in such a short time? Vast
numbers of red-blooded Americans, including many in prominent positions, such as
Bill Clinton, Bill Bradley, and Vice President Al Gore, to name just a few of
those that you’ve seen in the news recently, all claim a past born-again
Christian experience, and yet now are deep into Deepak Chopra, goddess
spirituality, abortion, homosexuality, and religious syncretism.

Let me give you an example. I won’t tell you the
name of this person, but I’m going to give you two citations. One he made in
the Sixties, and one he made in the Nineties. Here’s the first one: “The
choice is simple. Between the eternal and the passing, between Jesus Christ and
the world, I’ve made my choice. I love Jesus Christ, how about you?” In the
Nineties this same man said, “Christianity offers one way to achieve inner peace
and oneness with the world. Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Confucianism and Hinduism
are for others. Increasingly I resist the exclusivity of true believers.”1
Can you imagine the same person saying those two things? That was Bill
Bradley. In the Sixties he was a famous basketball player–from these parts, by
the way, Princeton University–and he had a dramatic Christian experience and
Campus Crusade actually printed his testimony, and I cite from that testimony.
And it went all around the country, and Bill Bradley with it. In the Nineties
he rejects the exclusivity of Jesus Christ.

A major change has come over that man, which I take
is somewhat symbolic of many people in our culture. I just thought of a few
names: Donna Sommers, raised in a Christian background, wonderful singer in her
own black Christian church, left the faith, became one of these great rock
singers. After that she decided she’s going to come back to religion, and where
does she end up? She’s on the psychic hot-line. Belle Hooks, a brilliant black
woman who was raised in an evangelical home, went to university and began to
study, and rejected her evangelical faith; and I heard her giving a lecture to a
thousand teachers of religion, with excitement proclaiming the freedom she now
finds in Buddhism.

Something has happened in our culture to turn people
away from the gospel and to these other systems of thought. W. C. Routh, a
sociologist from the West Coast (sometimes known as the Left Coast), has
surveyed believers as to what they really believe, and one of the things he came
up with just last year is that nearly half of the born-again believers said that
all religions were equally true. That’s half of “born again” believers, so
we’re not surprised when the Southern Baptists receive a letter on House of
Representatives stationary complaining about their attempt to convert the Hindus
in their project to preach the gospel in Chicago. They were accused of “overly
aggressive and insensitive language which goes beyond the bounds of decorum,
tact, respect and understanding.” That was a letter from six members of
Congress, on Congressional stationary, accusing the Southern Baptists of being
un-American. The backbone of the nation is now often treated as the nation’s
funny-bone, and banished to the margins. How did we get here?

Analysis of how we got here

Well, I’d like to propose to you an analysis of what
happened in the Sixties. I’m not suggesting that that’s the only way to
describe what’s happened. It seems to me that it was in the Sixties that much
of this material came up onto the surface and out into the streets. We can go
back and back and back to find the origins of that, but for the moment, as a
social phenomenon I would like to suggest to you that the Sixties revolution
really explains where we are today. And indeed, just a year or so ago we
celebrated Woodstock. To me it’s in some mythical Garden of Eden somewhere, but
you know better than I do that it is a real place. As a matter of fact, the
people who went there some thirty years ago didn’t necessarily go there for an
orgy, but they went there for a spiritual search for a Garden of Eden. And
those people came up with a radical redefinition of God and man. But not to
worry! They were the Hippies! And the hippies would go the same route as the
hula hoop and bell-bottom pants. Even Steve Martin doesn’t wear bell-bottom
pants anymore.

Wrong. While those symbols of the Sixties
disappeared, their ideology has taken over much of America. Much to our
surprise, by the way. I was a student in the Sixties. I was at Princeton
watching some of those radicals and thinking to myself how marginal they were,
and that they wouldn’t last too long. One of them threw a potato at me once in
the restaurant, because I sort of seemed to not be going along with the program,
but that was about as close as I got to the Sixties and civil disobedience.

But it seems to me that if we are going to
understand where we are now, we have to understand what happened in the
Sixties. Two of the leaders of that revolution, David Horowitz and Peter
Collier, were leaders of the SDS in Berkley. They knew everybody: Huey Newton,
Jane Fonda–all those leaders, they were friends with them, and indeed they were
the editors of the Ramparts magazine, which was the official voice of the
Sixties revolution. A few years ago they wrote a book called Destructive
Generation
. They stood back and thought to themselves, ‘What did we do?’
And the title that came to them, these revolutionaries, was Destructive
Generation.

I was up in UC-Davis speaking at their Earth Day
Festival a couple of years ago, and on the tee-shirts was the phrase “Kiss
Chaos.” Kiss Chaos. Those radicals have understood that the point of the
Sixties was first of all to destroy what was in place in the American culture.
Now, everything was not perfect in the American culture and some of those things
those Sixties students wanted were valid things: the end of racism, free
speech. Free speech is having a terrible time these days, though, because many
of those Sixties radicals have tenure in the universities, and now they refuse
students to come and sit in some of their classes. So what happened to free
speech?

Three essential destructive
elements.

But I want to put my finger on three
essential destructive elements. Are you ready? Just three.

1. The first thing that was destroyed was the notion of
authority.
Behind the rejection of landlords, the police, the university
senate, the war, the American government, was actually the rejection of
authority per se. What we thought was just student immaturity in the Sixties
has in the Nineties and beyond fructified into a thoroughgoing elimination of
the very notion of authority as such. Feminism has destructed the authority of
patriarchy: and all patriarchy is, is a responsible leadership of fathers. And
during this generation we’ve seen the demonization of males, and the
marginalization of fathers, as there’s been a rejection of what’s called
patriarchy
. A profound structure in our society has been eliminated in one
fell swoop.

Of course, what’s behind that is Postmodern
Deconstructionism
. That’s a philosophical movement that came on the heels
of what we call Rationalism, or Modernity. And it became a powerful force in
the Sixties, and it still is a powerful force in the Nineties, and it is a
philosophical position that denies that there is any truth at all, that there is
any authority on which we can stand. And the only true statement that’s true is
that there’s no such thing as truth. That’s a problem, by the way.

Also, we’ve seen the changing of the guards. That
Feminist scholar that I told you about, who wrote the book, The Changing of
the Guard
, says, “We women are going to bring an end to God.” It’s
interesting that when you attack authority, you finally have to attack the God
of the Bible. That was the destruction of authority.

In The Times of London, defending
homosexuality, just a few months ago I read this: “Against personal truth,
neither Scripture nor tradition…” [actually this was arguing for the
ordination of homosexuals in the Anglican church in Great Britain]..I’ll start
again. “Against personal truth, neither Scripture nor tradition can ultimately
prevail.” In that sense, you see, the revolution has succeeded. All
external authority is banished from the culture. Only what I think is true is
now true.
Well, that’s the first destructive element of the Sixties that
seems somewhat sophomoric, but has actually affected the way so many people
think. So many people who control the media, and the way society
functions–they’ve bought into this notion of authority, namely the rejection of
it.

2. The second thing is the rejection of sexual
boundaries.
If the rejection of authority is a theoretical undermining of a
biblical worldview and of God, of morals, and of social structures, the specific
destruction of biblical sexual boundaries involves so many in what I would call
practical transgression. The Apostle Paul calls sexual sins a special thing:
sins against the body. Some think that we cannot simply eliminate things like
we do today — “Oh, it’s only private sex, it doesn’t matter.” The Bible says
it’s the most potent kind of sin. Of course, in the Sixties we had the mantras
“if it moves, fondle it.” And the call to sexual liberation–radical Feminists
demanded that their sisters invent new words: “sinarticulate — to have the
courage to sin and to liberate the inner slut.” Those are quotes from
Feminists.

Erotic Feminist Deena Metzger states that we must
“…engage in two heresies: first, return to the Neolithic pagan matriarchal
perception of the sacred universe itself; and second, re-sanctify the body.”
She confesses to a certain angst. “We often feel as though we are defying God
in the act of seeking the divine. We must allow ourselves whatever time it
takes to re-establish the consciousness of the sacred prostitute.”

Do you see how that rejection of authority and the
rejection of the God of the Bible caused people now to cement that rejection by
real transgression? And so people get captivated and captured by sin, such as
Paul says in Romans: God eventually gives people over when they turn away from
God in such a powerful reaction. Under the guise of Christian freedom, sin and
spirituality are thus ritually wedded.

…It’s in
1993 where those two thousand mainline Christian women celebrated their newfound
faith in the goddess Sophia. They had a number of these rituals. One was a
“sacred biting into the apple.” That’s a good thing, according to this
worldview. The Lord said “you must not”: that’s what they did. And to great
cheers, the audience was asked “What taboo have you broken today?” We have
certainly seen in our present culture the effects of that destructive liberation
of sexuality: the explosion of the divorce rate. We have become leaders in the
world, this Christian culture, in divorce. There’s a book written entitled,
The Divorce Culture
. In 1972 forty-six percent (46%)of Americans lived in
traditional families, two parents plus a child. Today only twenty-six (26%)
percent do. Cohabiting couples have increased seven hundred (700%) percent
since 1970. Presently, one-third of all babies are born out of wedlock, and in
the black culture, seventy (70%) percent. I learned a few weeks ago that in my
own country of Great Britain, that most babies are born out of wedlock…more
than the babies born within wedlock. “Living in sin is now the norm” says a
study of the University of Michigan.

Here’s a wonderful statement from another professor
from Princeton. I seem to be very obsessed with Princeton…didn’t realize
it…except when I come to New Jersey! Professor Stone, who is not a
tender-hearted evangelical by any stretch of the imagination, said this: “The
scale of marital breakdowns in the West since 1960 has no historical precedent
that I know of. There has been nothing like it for the last two thousand years,
and probably longer.” Think about that for a minute in terms of the way we can
sometimes idealize the future and think, well, we can turn this around. We’ll
save America. We can quickly turn it around. But you see, what has been
happening has been so profound at the level of the fundamental building block of
civilization. I want to read this to you again, because I want you to take it
in. It’s not what I say. “The scale of marital breakdowns in the West since
1960 has no historical precedent that I know of. There has been nothing like it
for the last two thousand years, and probably longer.”

And of course, that destruction of sexual boundaries
has become even more powerful in our time, relative to the Sixties. In the
Sixties, of course, it was heterosexual liberation, in general. Not too many
people spoke about homosexuality and bi-sexuality. But of course today, that is
the sexuality de jour, as the French say.

Fourteen mainstream mental health establishments
plus the Interfaith Alliance recently declared homosexuality normal behavior,
and sent a book to every school board president (14,500 of them) entitled,
Just the Facts
. You know, our schools have become morally neutral zones.
We may not teach morality in the schools! Is it any wonder that our kids go and
shoot each other in the schools? If we cannot teach sexual morality in the
schools, we cannot teach morality. And all these forms of sexual perversion and
gratification are now turned into “civic rights.” One classic–it’s almost
humorous, it’s so bizarre–is the case of that school boy, a fifteen-year-old
school boy, who won the right to dress in drag to school. A judge ruled in
Massachusetts that a fifteen-year-old should not be barred from class while
wearing a female dress, high-heeled shoes, a wig and a padded bra. The
therapist suggested that forcing the teenager to wear boy’s clothes could
endanger his mental health! The judge, who was a lesbian, voted against the
principal and the school board, and gave him the right to appear in school that
way, arguing that to not do so would be to “stifle a person’s self-hood.”

Again, in the Church of England, I read recently
that a vicar underwent a sex-change operation. This man had been married twice
and had children; returned after the operation as “Ms Stone” and wore purple
robes and a pair of golden earrings.

Can this liberation of sexuality be stopped? How
could we possibly stop it on the basis of our present cultural discourse? There
is no discourse that can stop it. The American Library Association has internet
links to sites that propose safe sex with animals for children,2
but includes also monitors to block out prayers.

The Utne Reader, which is a high-brow,
left-wing magazine, in its last number included an article to encourage children
as young as thirteen to come out as gays and lesbians. And the article states:
“Sexual identity can be fluid. It’s not absolute. This means rejecting the
labels of male and female.” I couldn’t help but think of Genesis 1:27: “God
created man; He created him male and female.”

You know, this is a radical assault on the biblical
view of man and the world. So you get rid of God and you certainly change the
way people think about themselves. I find it very ironic that at the time of
the “death of God” movement in the Sixties, which I had to study as a student
and found it almost humorous, it was so radical, that some of those “death of
God” theologians were understanding what the liberation was, when we got rid of
the God of the Bible. And it wasn’t to be godless: it was actually to see the
rebirth of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome. And one of them
said this: “When released from the tyrannical imperialism of monotheism by the
death of God, man has the opportunity of discovering new dimensions hidden in
the depths of reality’s history.”3
And so, I suppose we’re asked to believe that a fifteen-year-old boy
going to school in drag is the discovery of “new dimensions hidden in the depths
of reality’s history.”

This has been extremely destructive, by the way.
Child abuse is up 1300 percent; criminal arrests of teens up 150 percent;
violent crime 550 percent; teen suicide 450 percent–all since the
Sixties–illegal use of drugs, 6000 percent; divorce, 350 percent. All these
are given by bureaus of the federal government, these figures. Birth to
unmarried girls up 500 percent; abortion, we can’t even give a figure.

3. So destruction of authority, of sexual mores and
boundaries, and finally, of traditional piety.

The Sixties was the great rejection of the old ways
of faith. People left the church in droves, leaving the religion of their
youth, organized religion. Official creeds are out. People now want to invent
their own religions. Religious experiences, says the sociologist, are replacing
religious doctrine. And you know the famous phrase, “doctrine divides, the
Spirit unties”.

And in this deconstructive stage concerning
spirituality and piety, orthodox biblical Christianity is so often the one that
is the butt of the attack–the cause of all our present problems, the epitome of
bigotry, of small-mindedness, of intolerance, and even violence. Herman Bavinck,
the Dutch theologian of the nineteenth century, said about the twentieth: “The
twentieth century will witness a gigantic conflict of spirits between the old
and the new worldview.” Well, Napoleon said, “What time is it?” And I
answered, “I have nine more minutes.” Actually, Napoleon III said, “One never
really destroys a thing until one has replaced it.” And so what has happened
really–and I’m jumping–what has happened is, there’s been a destructive phase,
and then followed with a reconstructive phase, a new view of God.

I mentioned to you the “death of God” theologians.
“The announcement of the death of God was the obituary of the useless,
single-minded, and one-dimensional norm of the civilization that has been
predominantly monotheistic, not only in its religion but also in its politics,
its history, its social order, its ethics, and its psychology. When released
from the tyrannical imperialism of monotheism by the death of God,” as I earlier
cited, “man has the opportunity of discovering new dimensions.” What are the
new dimensions? The same professor, David Miller, triumphantly announced that
the death of God, the rebirth of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and
Rome.

A couple of years ago a Roman Catholic
theologian–actually it was in 1995–published a book: When God Becomes
Goddess: the Transformation of American Religion
. The good news is God does
not have to die; He simply has to undergo a sex-change. The bad news is, He has
to change religion and take His humble abode along with the pagan gods of the
old pagan pantheon. The new triumphant goddess is not the creator of heaven and
earth, but a symbol of the pagan spiritual nature of the earth. And you can
find this kind of spirituality in all the non-Christian religions: in Hinduism,
American Indian shamanism, in Buddhism. Here’s an example in Buddhism: “You’re
not going to find truth outside yourself. You become a Buddha by actualizing
your own original innate nature. This nature is primordially pure. This is
your true nature, your natural mind.”

That might be a little over your heads. Let me give
you a wonderful statement by his holiness, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Gedi warrior, who
delivers to our children this new view of God: “The force is an energy field
created by all living things. It surrounds us, it penetrates us; it binds the
galaxy together. It is all-powerful and controls everything.” Somebody said,
“Actually, The Force is duct tape, because there’s a dark side and it holds
everything together.”

But the seriousness of this is, of course, that
George Lucas has been promoting his deeply-held Buddhism through this Hollywood
production that is so brilliantly done, which tells our young people that The
Force
is created by all living things. This is a new god, you see. This is
a god of Paganism. The ancient gods of Paganism have come back to haunt us.
New view of man and sexuality.

I suggested earlier, when you change gods you
change the way you view yourself
. And indeed, when you change the
way you view yourself, you have to also change gods
. And some people go one
way and some the other. The freedom to transgress the laws of the Creator can
only be finally achieved by changing one’s god. That’s why the Hippies went
East. They went to find other gods to salve their bartered consciences
.
Listen to what Janie Spahr, an ordained Presbyterian lesbian minister says. She
goes right to the point. In opposing the conservative group in the PCUSA, she
says to them, “Maybe we’re talking about a different God.” She’s dead right.
You need a new god for a new view of sex.

Joseph Campbell– some of you may know that name–he
was the guru behind George Lucas. And he was raised a Roman Catholic, but he
became a Pagan and fell in love with the ancient myths and wrote many books on
that, and was on Public Television. And so he helped, really, George Lucas
create Star Wars. He describes the calling of every human being, though
born in one sex or another, to “transcend duality.” This is to be done as in
the ancient mystery religions…” I’m citing him. “…by undergoing a series of
initiations or mystical experiences whereby the individual realizes that he is
both mortal and immortal, male and female.” Simply, I want to say that the “new
view of God” inevitably brings a new view of sexuality, and that’s being
proposed to our young people today.

The Result.

Finally, a new view of spirituality. As I
have suggested to you, when you reject authority, and in particular the God of
the Bible, and when you engage in transgression, sexual sins of all kinds: then
you need to find a spirituality that can take care of you, for God has created
within us a mechanism. It’s called guilt. It’s a nagging pain in the
conscience. And you know, I’m convinced that the goal of Paganism, the great
goal of Paganism, is to try to silence guilt. And there are all kinds of
techniques for doing it, and in particular the technique is this “new
spirituality.” It’s an attempt to eliminate the distinctions that we find so
natural, and to what’s called “join the opposites,” the elimination of duality.
We’re in the process of seeing developed here in America what’s called an
“emerging American wisdom tradition.” This is going to save the world. You
thought it was going to be capitalism that would save the world through American
business, but actually it’s this new spirituality that joins the East and the
West, and joins all these different things that God set asunder–in particular,
male and female. And this spirituality is involved in a process of mystical
trance-like going beyond the self and the mind and the body, into some kind of
state where one feels united to all things. That’s the new spirituality, and I
can document it in virtually all of these non-Pagan religions, that that is the
goal of the new spirituality.

I’ve managed to come to the end of this lecture
almost on time. What I want to do in the next lecture is to place what I’ve
really described as an American phenomenon, because to me that’s the most
surprising of all: that this Christian country that I discovered when I came
over with The Beatles in 1964 —on different planes!–but it was such a Christian
nation, and has become such an incubator for this kind of spirituality. I find
that one of the most ironic things in my study of history.

But in the next lecture I want to place what has
happened in our culture in the last generation in a sort of a coherent
structure, which really places it in a much larger perspective as to the history
of Paganism at large. So with your permission, I will stop now, and we’ll have
a break for fifteen minutes, and then we’ll come back and we’ll get into asking,
“What makes this stuff that I’ve been describing into a system, into a coherent
whole? What makes it tick?”

Thank you.

1.
Bill Bradley as quoted by Charles Colson, Denying Christ: Has Bradley
Lost His Faith. BreakPoint
, 10/5/99

http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/read.bradley.html

2.

Beware, Public Library: (Part 2 of 3): The ALA’s Agenda of Porn,
BreakPoint, Charles Colson, Commentary 8/10/2000.

http://www.safeplace.net/ccv/docs/alaadporn2.htm

3.

The New Polytheism: Rebirth of the gods and goddesses,

David
LeRoy Miller

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