Linda Kimball
Revisiting naturalism and evolutionism: The dying West’s science of magic and madness
By Linda Kimball
May 16, 2023

If we and our posterity…live 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 of life and creation, and by extension, on the source of their humanity (souls), and subsequently, on their Constitutional unalienable rights. Like ancient pagans during the declining days of the Greco-Roman civilization, they are today either practical atheists or nihilists desperately trying to find meaning and purpose from the mesmerizing ideologies that emerged out of the heart of Christendom during the time of the Renaissance.

Flight From Reason

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, Gnosticism, and spiritism — 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 and church 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 hated Old Order based on Christianity , and second, the creation of a 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, spiritism, 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 an alternative reality, which is really an illusion. Powerful ‘miracles’ are wrought by tapping into or even communicating with unseen energies and elemental spirits underlying and running through the universe. Generally, this is done by way of speaking magic words (invocations, incantations) through alchemical formulas, gestures, secret rituals, human sacrifice, 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 naturalism/materialism speaks of miracle-producing energies that in their modern forms, animate and inform discarnate entities called memes, genes, dialectical matter, chance, causation, determinism, social constructs, evolution, neurons, and guns that ’cause’ people to kill, 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 miracle-producing ‘knowing’ energies animating nonliving ideological systems. Note that he endows modern positive science with abilities to ‘think,’ ‘choose,’ and ‘create’:

“….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.” (Socialism and Religious Beliefs, Ferri, archive/ferri/1894/religion)

In the following example, Gustav Wetter expounds on the magical self-creating and thinking properties animating and informing ‘divine’ brute matter,

“…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 magical, ‘divine’ 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 magical 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 to the Abyss (Rev. 9:2; Luke 8; Rev. 11:7; Rev. 20:1-3; 2 Peter 2:4) dwelling place of evil powers, principalities, and demons–the same place visited by todays DMT users who report seeing Space Brothers, Nordics, grays, insectoids, dwarves, and other frightening entities.

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 and other ideologies. (

Naturalistic Evolutionism: The Science of Magic

Though taught under the guise of empirical science, naturalism and evolution are spiritual concepts 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 the personal God of life and creation and toward the worship of irrational nature and its forces and energies. Moving forward in time to the Greco-Roman world, the energy known as 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’.

Christianity: 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 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.” (pp. 132, 133)

The key words here are ‘rational, personal Being’ as opposed to the irrationality and magic thinking of today’s science counterfeits: naturalism, Darwinism, materialism, and pantheism.

“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.” (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 that magically emerged from nothing. (p. 229)

What Some Scientists Say About Naturalism, Scientism, and Evolutionism

“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, magic, lawlessness, hedonism, megalomania, genocide, and utopia-madness commenced when the rational personal God, His Revelation, unchanging Truth and Universal Moral Law were cunningly displaced by naturalistic evolutionism, spirit-revelations from the Abyss, pantheistic-conceptions of god-forces, christ-consciousness, animated ‘thinking’ dead matter, perverted morality, moral relativism, Orwellian doublespeak, and terrible-willed megalomaniacs claiming to be supermen and god-men. These are the unifying factors of Bolshevism, Nazism, America’s Progressive Liberalism, and today’s Global Transhuman psychopaths.

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 (Green Religion; Satanism) 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 demonized 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 an unseen 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 (now deceased) who regularly channeled Maitreya, declared that a rock is as much god as humans are. Delusional Crème intoned:

“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”

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, murder, and evil together with 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 who have announced their ownership of everything: the world and all genetic matter.

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 supernaturala 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

Doctrines of Demons and the Modern Pagan and Pantheist Antithesis, L. Kimball

The Worldview of Evil Spirits: Revolution, Evolution, Materialism, Nihilism, New World Order and more, L. Kimball

Originally published in 2010 this is a revised and updated version 2023© Linda Kimball

Linda writes on worldview, the occult, and related subjects.

© Linda Kimball


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