Artists – and the rest of humanity – still hate the mere idea of a Higher Authority that can judge them, by a law that humanity did not write.
“No, you are not gods. You don’t get to decide what’s good and evil: the Creator dies!”
Rest assured: if they could crucify Him again, they would in a New York minute.
But you already knew that.
The Ruling Class still despise Christianity, right to the marrow of their bones.
And we all know why: any Source of the Law that is not themselves is by definition idolatry.
So far as the Better Sort is concerned.
But not even they are going to stay hardcore atheist, instead moving on to Hindi-style (Buddhist Zen?) pantheism/panentheism.1
Atheistic Darwinism is just too incoherent2… and the glory days of White European Power is dead and gone.
Time for the priestly guilds – supernaturalist and naturalistic – to move on to some other control tool. Some other mystifying technobabble to keep the Inferiors in their place.
They might even grit their teeth and prop up some Christian iconography every so often. Our Masters can’t tolerate that very much… but, to gain political power at a critical moment?
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
The Commoners of the West will continue to uncaringly drift from whatever mystifying relics of Christianity remain in their culture.
It’s the easiest thing to do, after all: it’s what they teach in the schools, it’s what’s on the YouTube/TikTok videos, it’s what shapes the songs, it what helps them fit in, it’s what get approval from the Authorities.
Nothing will change here… until the welfare cheques end.
When the money stops coming, the empire dies. And the Commoners will go into chaos, until they can find some other Leader and Elite that will save them from the burden of personal responsibility.
And when no such leader is found?
Most will implicitly commit suicide, in the style of Russian Commoners via drugs and violence. (Or explicitly, as euthanasia is furthered normalized.)
Those Commoners who fear God, who will plow through the tough times to build His Kingdom, who will still hew close to the Law of God and so have future goals, as well as commitment, dedication, and self-control (see: fruit of the Spirit)… that’s where the future lies.
From Commoner Trash, to a multitude of Kings and Priests. As common as the stars in the sky, who needs no king but King Jesus, no law but the Law of God.
(To the intense hatred of the increasingly powerless Ruling Elites, by the way.)
The future Ruling Class of Kings and Priests may be willing to pay skilled Christian artists for their work.
Until – like all powerful people – their ego bloats up, and they start worshipping themselves instead of God.
The bold is mine:
“Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God. -- Deuteronomy 8:11-20, ESV
Commoners who hold Christ and His Law-Word above all things will inherit the land.
Commoners who – after playing the Christian for a while – turn to pour contempt on God (after getting the stuff that they really wanted, really worshipped, and really revered above any god in the sky) will get their teeth smashed into the back of their throat, by the iron rod of Jesus Christ.
The artists sense their coming near-total irrelevance.
Yes: AI Art is part of it…
…AI music too…
…but I suggest that the destruction/irrelevance of meaning — a central goal of atheism and Darwinism — is a big part of it.
Excepting the top tier 20%, nobody needs human artists anymore.
(Because AI art is fundamentally uncreative, the top 20% will still be able to earn a living… after a painful adjustment, where they learn the new tools and know what AI can and cannot do.)
Darwinian artists can’t compete with mindless computers, when it comes to generating random noise that they can charge wealthy collectors millions of dollars for.
Ho-hum artists with ho-hum, ordinary skills are already being shown the door.
Christian artists – however few they may be – will have to work like dogs, and get a real mastery of Christian theology, if they hope to rise to the 20% in their small field.
(Top 20% = the artists who actually get paid.)
The rest can go into advertising (which can be honourable) or porn (which is barred to the Christian who takes his religion seriously).
1 From Uncommon Descent: Stephen Hawking’s Co-Author: Hawking Thought That His Brief History Of Time Was Wrong
In 2002 Thomas Hertog received an email summoning him to the office of his mentor Stephen Hawking. The young researcher rushed to Hawking’s room at Cambridge. “His eyes were radiant with excitement,” Hertog recalls.
Typing on the computer-controlled voice system that allowed the cosmologist to communicate, Hawking announced: “I have changed my mind. My book, A Brief History of Time, is written from the wrong perspective.”
Thus one of the biggest-selling scientific books in publishing history, with worldwide sales credited at more than 10m, was consigned to the waste bin by its own author. Hawking and Hertog then began working on a new way to encapsulate their latest thinking about the universe. – Robin McKie (March 19, 2023)
The outcome is a new book, On the Origin of Time (Penguin Random House, April, 2023).
According to Hertog, the new perspective that he has achieved with Hawking reverses the hierarchy between laws and reality in physics and is “profoundly Darwinian” in spirit. “It leads to a new philosophy of physics that rejects the idea that the universe is a machine governed by unconditional laws with a prior existence, and replaces it with a view of the universe as a kind of self-organising entity in which all sorts of emergent patterns appear, the most general of which we call the laws of physics.” – Robin McKie (March 19, 2023)
But doesn’t self-organization of the universe, as is now suggested, entail some sort of panpsychism?
You may also wish to read: Why is science growing comfortable with panpsychism (“everything is conscious”)?
Don’t you love that “god-eye” on the cover?
Atheists hate the idea of a personal deity that holds them responsible for their every thought, word and deed… but they also like their book sales!
2 From Uncommon Descent: Peer Reviewed Paper Calls For Changes To Darwinism
A peer-reviewed paper published towards the end of last year in the Elsevier journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology has a provocative title: “Neo-Darwinism Must Mutate to Survive.” …
“Realistic probability calculations based on probabilities associated with microevolution are presented. However, macroevolution (required for all speciation events and the complexifications appearing in the Cambrian explosion) are shown to be probabilistically highly implausible (on the order of 10-50) when based on selection by survival of the fittest. We conclude that macroevolution via survival of the fittest is not salvageable by arguments for random genetic drift and other proposed mechanisms. [– from the paper] ” – Casey Luskin (March 15, 2023)
Much more at the link. The paper requires a fee or subscription.
And wow. Careers used to die over statements like that.
Look, evidence has nothing whatever to do with it. The researchers can have boatloads of evidence and scrupulous methods for handling it.
BUT if conclusions that cast doubt on settled, easy Darwinism are allowed to just be published and stay published, with no one punished – think of the huge swathes of sloppy Darwinian claims in the literature that could suddenly become subject to actual scrutiny… Omigosh… it would start to look like actual science…
Well, if Brown and Hullender survive, stay tuned. Here’s their abstract:
Darwinian evolution is a nineteenth century descriptive concept that itself has evolved. Selection by survival of the fittest was a captivating idea. Microevolution was biologically and empirically verified by discovery of mutations. There has been limited progress to the modern synthesis. The central focus of this perspective is to provide evidence to document that selection based on survival of the fittest is insufficient for other than microevolution. Realistic probability calculations based on probabilities associated with microevolution are presented. However, macroevolution (required for all speciation events and the complexifications appearing in the Cambrian explosion) are shown to be probabilistically highly implausible (on the order of 10−50) when based on selection by survival of the fittest. We conclude that macroevolution via survival of the fittest is not salvageable by arguments for random genetic drift and other proposed mechanisms. Evolutionary biology is relevant to cancer mechanisms with significance beyond academics. We challenge evolutionary biology to advance boldly beyond the inadequacies of the modern synthesis toward a unifying theory modeled after the Grand Unified Theory in physics. This should include the possibility of a fifth force in nature. Mathematics should be rigorously applied to current and future evolutionary empirical discoveries. We present justification that molecular biology and biochemistry must evolve to aeon (life) chemistry that acknowledges the uniqueness of enzymes for life. To evolve, biological evolution must face the known deficiencies, especially the limitations of the concept survival of the fittest, and seek solutions in Eigen’s concept of self-organization, Schrödinger’s negentropy, and novel approaches.
Atheists MUST have their self-organization…. but they know that random chance won’t cut it.
Atheists will never tolerate the presence of Christians. But the Hindi and the Buddhists, with their impersonal forces that are integrated into – and not above – the Creation? And the escape-from-reality door they have available?
Well, if you can’t control all of reality (and kill everything everywhere, in the Marxist style), maybe you can escape all of reality!
I suggest that it will take less than 50 years before the greatest Dharmic religious leaders are invited to speak before the highest scientific circles.
While Christians – even submissive and compliant Christians, desperately eager to please their Betters (like Pope Francis and the Church of England leadership) – are pointedly kept out in the cold and the dark.