Plenty of cults exist - every cult has its 'religious dogma', its idols, its 'prophets', its 'science', its 'proof' and its intolerant liturgy of demands. Cults everywhere: Islam, the State, the cult of Gay and Queer, Marxism, Darwin and Evolution, 'Science', Globaloneywarming, Changing Climate, Abortion....a nice variety for the human-hater, amoral, anti-rationalist to choose from. It is so much fun mocking them isn't it ?
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori - Time Flies Remember Death
This is a book about philosophy. In the real world, there is nothing that can be called objective science. Data, 'evidence', reality, experimentation, hypotheses are all interpreted through your world view. Someone looking at soft tissue from Dinosaurs who is drenched in the theology of Darwin, will wonder how red blood cells could have survived 65 million years and begin to construct 'evidence' to support his pre-determined conclusion. Darwinism, as Wiker makes clear, is a project of faith and philosophy. It is an entire framework of how to view the world and everything in it. In this vein it is not science but a religious imperative, full of canons, liturgy, rites and rituals.
As Wiker proves, Darwin [who stole, borrowed, or poached almost all of his ideas from others] did not invent anything new. By his day evolution was 2000 years old. Epicurus in the 4th century BC and Lucretius in the 1rst had long anticipated Darwin. Their faith is remarkably similar to that of the 19th century secular theology. Indeed Wiker pulls out long passages of Lucretius which discuss mutations, selection and metamorphosis of species -which we know today is impossible. No evidence whatsoever exists that single cells through some magical process of selection or mutations [which kill genomic software], can add software code and become multi-cellular. None. What is the point of Epicurean-Darwinian materialism?
Wiker: “...essence of Epicurean theology was the subordination of the gods to nature so that they could not interfere with human affairs.”
Epicurean theology is based on natural relativity and random chance materialism. The purpose of life according to Epicurus and his devoted cult followers, was to avoid any disturbances. Gods, philosophies, ideals which disturbed your 'happiness' were to be avoided. This 'utilitarianism' did not necessarily mean hedonism. In fact as Wiker explains, Epicurus was monkish in habit and belief. He was no sexual or substance addicted profligate, but quite the opposite. However, his theory that no immaterial causations or interference exist, and that all of life was simply based on indestructible atoms [Democritus], would inevitably lead to hedonism. In other words, nature has no limits, no morality, no judgements. You are atoms, therefore you exist. Being free from disturbance, theological or immaterial, is the real purpose of your material existence.
Wiker: “Epicurus himself said, "ever- pleasure is a good thing." Since only the individual can affirm or deny whether something gives him a pleasing sensation, then no other individual can deny the "goodness" of what someone else finds pleasant.”