the genealogy of morals, a di-lemma
In our first article we explored the facade of false ideologies and showed that they wear shrouds of false newness woven from threads of false eschatology. The second article exposed the false valuation of men and women that lies at the heart of every every false ideology.
Lemma #1: Atoms of Morality
We begin by asking feminism a simple question, “Is it good for men and women to be equal?” As we said earlier, every false ideology, by false eschatology, claims to bring healing and make things better. They thereby imply that the current state is evil in comparison to the good of the future state they promise to usher in. So to ask feminism, “Are things better when men and women are equal?” is the same as asking racism, “Why are black people better than white people?” or asking fascism, “Why is it better for the state to be higher than the individual?” When you interrogating an ideology’s eschatology, take sometime to interrogate it’s valuations. For example, how can racism claim it is right to value men differently because of the color of their skin? Why does communism think it right to highly esteem a society where everything is shared?
Pursue answers to these questions and you will discover that every reason proffered by false ideologies about their eschatologies and valuations are easily dissolved by asking another why. Ultimately, there is no reason undergirding their eschatologies and valuations. There can be no reason the promised future is better than the present or the past. They cannot tell you why it is right to value humans beings differently or equally because of skin color or ethnicity or even any category at all. Even stoic scientifism, that claims to build its house on evidence, cannot tell you why evidence is the best means of arriving at truth. In fact, as Charles Darwin and any good physiognomist will tell you, scientifism and racism were once close allies.
The rationales behind every eschatology and valuation have no reasons behind them. Instead, at the bottom of every ideology, invariant with scale or form, is a belief about right and wrong.
Lemma #2: Genesis 1-3
It should be pointed out that we sinfully take morality for granted. Like fish swimming in the sea never knowing they are wet, you daily live your life mostly oblivious that you do so according to what you think is right and wrong. Rarely do you ever stop to ponder where your morality came from or if it is eating your life away. This is why the previous article strongly suggested that you repeatedly and incessantly read Genesis 1-3. Genesis 1 teaches us that things are only good because God Makes them good. Remember
In Genesis 2, God Tells Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Using the knowledge of good and evil, one is able to make a distinction between what is good and what is evil. So in His Command, God Is Telling Adam, “Do not make a distinction between good and evil by yourself.” Yet, God Created Adam with a will and the ability to make choices. The exercise of will and choice fundamentally requires that we make distinction between good and evil. Every choice and act of will is a series of moral distinctions based on a knowledge of good and evil.
So if everything God Created is good and even very good, then how did evil enter into creation? Well, instead of following God’s Command, Adam and Eve sin against God by stealing and eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Remember, though, that every decision and action is the expression of a morality. Therefore, preceding/confluent with Adam’s sin was the “creation” of a knowledge of good and evil, a morality apart from God.
Look again at the woman’s thoughts about the tree in Genesis 3:6.
Since everything in creation and everything we “create” must contain atoms of morality, we can go anywhere based on what is written above. It would be wise to summarize before moving forward in future articles.
We have learned that every ideology is composed from atoms of morality. But this is no surprise since Genesis 1 tells us that all of creation is good by being related to God. All of creation, from physical to metaphysical, by being good, is intrinsically moral. From Genesis 2, we learn that every choice or act of will is a composition of moral declarations. God, through His Relationship with Adam, Is Adam’s Source of morality. Every choice Adam made was a composition of moral declarations expressing his relationship with God. In Genesis 3 Adam sins by cobbling together his own “morality” instead of knowing good by relating with God. As we observe, Adam’s morality sludges out of selfishness and evil while God’s Morality Flows out of His Love for His creation. Adam’s morality is relative to Adam’s perception while the good that God Gives is intrinsic through an absolute relationship with God, The Absolute.
Although every ideology, every bit of knowledge from abstract mathematics to molding concrete, is fundamentally moral, we must still ask, “Which morality?” When it comes to ideologies, we must ask, “Is the ideology made from atoms of man’s morality which arises from selfishness and evil or is the ideology good by submitting to and proclaiming God’s Word?” As
The next time you make a decision or choice, think about the knowledge of good and evil that forms it. Are you making decisions based on what God Says or based on what you think? If you’re not sure, go back and read the Bible. Even if you seem to be doing good but not because of God then what you are doing is motivated by a morality rooted in selfishness and evil.