Pantheism Watch

Get a load of this:

We need a place for our spirituality, and a Creator God is one such place. I hold that it is we who have invented God, to serve as our most powerful symbol. It is our choice how wisely to use our own symbol to orient our lives and our civilizations. I believe we can reinvent the sacred. We can invent a global ethic, in a shared space, safe to all of us, with one view of God as the natural creativity in the universe.

[…] If we are members of a universe in which emergence and ceaseless creativity abound, if we take that creativity as a sense of God we can share, the resulting sense of the sacredness of all of life and the planet can help orient our lives beyond the consumerism and commodification the industrialized world now lives, heal the split between reason and faith, heal the split between science and the humanities, heal the want of spirituality, heal the wound derived from the false reductionist belief that we live in a world of fact without values, and help us jointly build a global ethic. These are what is at stake in finding a new scientific worldview that enables us to reinvent the sacred.

Stuart Kaufmann, Reinventing the Sacred. Who needs God when you’ve got a ‘sense of’ God? Quite a pitch from a man who dares to quote Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. I’d like to think that this effete, onanistic approach — which replaces sacred nouns with adverby adjectives ascribing ‘sacredishness’ — could only appeal to academics of a certain sort. But of course it appeals to lots of people in a democratic age, because it offers the most abstract-yet-comprehensive appeal around. If Jonah really wanted to get some traction out of his criticism of the cult of unity, he’d dump the fascism thing, crack open his Tocqueville, and talk about how liberalism has fallen so captive to the democratic ideology.