Riddle of “Religion”

Bonobo person in contemplation

Bonobo female person in serene contemplation

The unfounded dichotomy between so called “religion” and purported non-religion requires substantial deconstruction and organized religion itself needs to substantially revert to its own pro-sexual Sumerian historical roots.

1. Religion “itself”

The term “religion” is originally pre-Christian Latin and was later given distinctly Christian cultural connotations in terms of the socially constructed Christian bisection between faith and culture. Most traditional religions around the world are tribal, ethnic religions without any bisection or separation whatsoever between faith and culture. Christianity essentially has three cultural origins; Judaic/Hebraic (religion), Hellenistic (culture, metaphysics) and Roman (imperialism). The term religion in its modern usage has however essentially come to mean organized theism although often used in the sense of ethnically imposed belief systems with a continuous pedigree even as prior to modernity.

While there have always been heterodox movements within Christianity, the Catholic heterodoxy known as “Protestantism” came to pave the way for the so called “Enlightenment“ which was essentially a neo-Hellenistic rebellion against Judaic/Hebraic elements in Christendom. Liberalism, Communism and Nazism all constituted such rebellions against Hebraisms of Western Christian civilization. All three were thus barely secularized forms of Christian Anti-Judaism. Liberalism sought with varying success to marginalize Christian Hebraism through the Christian ideology of secularism while re-embracing Greek philosophy. Communism was also a revolt against Christian Hebraism and viewed “religion” (i.e. implicitly referring to Christianity and Judaism specifically) as the source of “everything wrong” in Christian civilization. Nazism was however the one among the three that was the most open about its Anti-Hebraism. Liberalism, Communism and Nazism all developed as neo-Hellenistic movements committed to thinly secularized doctrinal Anti-Judaism. Indeed the struggle between Hellenizers and Judaizers has a very long pedigree in church history. While the original intent was to defeat Hebraism; Liberalism, Communism and Nazism all uncritically incorporated many Hebraic elements from Christianity generally and more specifically from culturally Christian readings of the Jewish historical literary anthology known as the Hebrew Bible.

As the hegemony of Muslim religious imperialism (which traditionally made no distinction between faith and culture) was historically supplanted by Christian religious imperialism so was also the Christian bisection between faith and culture globalized. The Christian dichotomy between faith and culture has roots in the New Testament in the gospel of Matthew in Jewish resistance to paying taxes to the Roman Empire but was formalized through the Duo Sunt letter (formally Famuli vestrae pietatis) as penned by Roman Catholic Pope Gelasius I to Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I in the year 494 CE.

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”

Matthew 22:21

The notion of so called “religion” thus has a very particular evolution and indeed origin in the Western history of Christian ideology. Rather than continuing the mindless secular crusade against Hebraism should the socially constructed and indeed unfounded dichotomy between so called “religion” and purported non-religion be very substantially deconstructed. There is no difference in zoological terms between religion claiming to be “religion” and religion (ideology, philosophy, nationalism, culture, civilization, weltanschauung etc.) claiming to be non-religion. The main difference between the two in modernity is that so called “religion” derives its legitimacy from purportedly “divine transcendence” while purported non-religion derives its legitimacy from its ultimately unfounded claims to transcend the culturally Christian logocentric, imaginary social construct of the purported “religion itself” as if there was even such as thing.

Para-Christian notions are to varying degrees hegemonic phenomena in purportedly “secular” Western culture that rather than deriving their legitimacy directly from Christianity derive their legitimacy from negation of or separation from Christianity. Few modern humans have ever considered that the commercial consumer rush to purchase the new that replaces the old is in fact a cultural derivation Christian supersessionism. Indeed, perfectly functioning products are accorded very little value in modernity if purchased as so called “second hand”. Few humans have ever considered that purported non-religion in modernity is socially constructed as replacement ideologies in closely mimicking replacement theologies. In fact, modernity is legitimized precisely through its own amnesia about the intrinsically Para-Christian nature of modernity itself. The attempts to disentangle Christian Hellenism from Christian Hebraism were however always confused and never successful just as Christian supersessionism never succeeded in supplanting Judaism and all other the “religions” despite strenuous efforts of Christian religious imperialism in this regard throughout the history of Christianity.

2. “Religion” in Modernity

Modernity is essentially about the secularization of religion and the subordination of all so called “religions” worldwide under the hegemony of Euro-Christian culture. Secularism is thus superficially secularized Christian religious imperialism. Secularism has however played a vital role in containing and domesticating the menace of religious imperialism. The problem with secularism is that the marginalization of organized religion tends to create a vacuum that is then subsequently filled by totalitarian ideologies and totalitarian movements. The “secular” (i.e. culturally Christian) secularist attempts to rein in the worst excesses of religious imperialism thus indirectly caused repressed religious imperialism to be reincarnated as modern totalitarianism such as Communism, Ba’athism, Islamism, Juche, Gaddafism, Kahanism, Nazism etc. In fact, it is true that Communism had the same culturally highly subtle appeal among secular Jews in Europe that Fascism very similarly had among secular Christians in the very same subcontinent.

Modernity significantly involved and still involves extensive urbanization and therefore the culturally highly traumatic loss of rural communitarianism. The two major fundamental ideologies of modernity in the 20th century were nationalism and socialism, extreme versions of which evolved into totalitarianism. Both nationalism and socialism are nostalgic, mass-psychological attempts to return to the imaginary bliss prior to modernity with its tightly knit rural communities united in both local economy destiny and blood ties. The Christian ideology of “Humanism” specifically labors to “unite” (i.e. culturally homogenize) the many species and subspecies of the Homo genus into one single highly aggressive racially supremacist form of extreme nationalism and hence the quite revealing term “global village”.

The digital age is however literally creating space for many global villages as many English-language Facebook groups are essentially global villages in their own right. Just as modernity rose through the dynamic and revolutionary technological developments known as “Capitalism”, so is the digital age bringing a different economic system where the struggle will no longer be a struggle based on classes (age, sex, race, ethnicity, species, religion, nationality etc.) but rather about an individual struggle of increasing hyper-specialization so as to stay relevant and non-redundant as more and more tasks (and increasingly rapidly so) are supplanted by increasingly advanced and diverse technologies.

There has long been a misguided belief that academic education is some kind of universal panacea and indeed the answer to the increasing mechanization of professions, yet digital technology does not distinguish between blue collar and white collar as increasingly advanced technology will continue (and exponentially rapidly so) to supplant the function of mass education of general professions whether academic or otherwise. Computer programming is essentially about applying rules and that’s basically what general professions are all about. Therefore, most general professions will increasingly go extinct through the shift of paradigm in academic history from Capitalism to Talentism. Only advanced and hyper-specialized emotional abilities (i.e. individual, highly advanced talent) will remain relevant in an economy where most individual citizens will become redundant unless their individual talent is nurtured and advanced indeed.

Organized religion in modernity is in fact similar to computer programming and mass education in being about the systematic application of rules. Organized religion in Hellenistic Mediterranean civilization which largely practiced forms of Median Judaism (Hellenistic mysteries and later Gnosticism) had in contrast little to do with application of rules among religious adherents but was rather mostly concerned with the priestly performance of rituals in temples. Judaism of the Southern Jurisdiction of Judah was of course however an exception in this regard with its sacralized and religiously universalized Canaanite tribal taboos.

3. “Metaphysics” of Religion

Religion in its current sense is problematic in that it is premised on blind belief in things that that the believer cannot reasonably be expected to be capable of proving such as the religious belief in totalitarian theism. Purported non-religion in modernity is in fact very similarly based (indeed indistinguishably so) upon particular notions that the adherent cannot be reasonably expected to be capable of herself proving. The main difference between “religion” and purported non-religion in Western (i.e. Para-Christian) civilization is that the believer in “religion” tends to be consumed, indeed sometimes tormented by religious doubts while typically no such painful individual doubts exist with regard to belief in purported non-religion.

Judaism of the Southern Jurisdiction endeavored to remake itself in the image of Christianity and non-ethnic denominational distinctions that arose in Rabbinic Judaism as beginning in the 19th century were mainly about varying degrees of adoption of the ways of Western (i.e. Para-Christian) culture. Doctrinal differences between those denominations of Rabbinic Judaism appeared in response to the challenge of modernity as Rabbinic Judaism has always been about how to communally and ethnically survive by appropriately responding to the cultural challenge of the society of surrounding religious imperialism.

It has been argued many times by extremely naïve and ignorant people such as so called “atheists” that religion is bound to disappear, yet this particular Para-Christian supersessionism like the Christian supersessionism that antedated it apparently never completes its own task as its own totalitarian, imperialist prediction has never materialized despite the vast destruction of human cultures brought on by Christian/Para-Christian religious/secular imperialism. Just as Christian religious imperialism is about having all human cultures adopt the ways of Christianity so is secular supersessionism about imposing the ways of Christendom on all human cultures. Terms like universal, secular, human, modern, socialist, liberal, nationalist, conservative etc. are for the most part therefore mere Para-Christian notions of purportedly “secular” supersessionism.

It is abundantly clear that religion whether nominally considered “religion” or non-religion is absolutely socially, psychologically and intellectually essential in the zoology of human animals. The question is therefore rather how religion/non-religion ought to develop in the future?

4. “Religion” in the Digital Age

The evolution and struggles in economic history are powered by two main factors, one being increasing functional specialization (or “niches” in evolutionary terms) and the other being the increasingly rapid advancement in the development of technology. The imminent age of Virtual Reality will have major consequences as VR will include not only vision but touch and scent as well. Virtual reality will therefore come to be seen as no less “real” that non-VR interaction face-to-face IRL. Virtual reality will impact nearly every aspect of modern society as human need for travel other than on vacations will increasingly become obsolete. Just as both gainful work and education will become almost entirely taken over by virtual reality so will VR sex come to seriously compete with IRL sex. Virtual reality will also have major consequences for organized religion as it will indeed become possible to perform various activities of organized religion in virtual reality.

Rather than merely endeavoring to socially survive change as brought on by technological change, organized religion needs to fundamentally question itself. Religion generally whether known as “religion” or purported non-religion will certainly not disappear as it is part of human zoology and therefore does not need to endeavor to survive or enforce belief in things that religious people cannot prove. Rather the real question is how to become ethically relevant. Representatives of organized religion typically claim to be purveyors of supreme ethical standards, yet organized religion tends in modernity to typically be relatively socially backward and ethically inferior to the cultures that surround them. To put it simple, the problem with organized religion is rather that it tends to be highly unethical in its promotion and therefore normalization of severe physionomistic prejudice such as the terrible, aggressive and racial supremacist ideology of humanism.

5. Zoology and Physics of “Religion”

Organized religion tends to make a number of problematic claims that tend to be difficult to either prove or disprove. Traditional religions tend to believe in the transmigration of souls (“reincarnation”) as well as in the existence of higher beings, i.e. deities known as gods, angels etc. with typically one overarching supreme deity. Even purported so called “monotheistic” religions believe in a pantheon of god and angels. Religions using written language also tend to refer to long since deceased religious authorities who due to their antiquity are considered of higher stature than contemporary religious leaders.

These claims are remarkably similar and must not be dismissed out of hand but should rather be rigorously studied by natural science. Religions tend to make claims actually pertaining to physics and the truth is that scholars of physics know remarkably little about physics as most aspects of physics remain unknown to the academic community. Transmigration of souls should similarly be studied within evolutionary biology. These remarkably similar claims by so many religions that evolved separately from each other cannot reasonably be superficially rejected out of hand as mere myths without first being studied by natural science. Innovative research methodologies will as appropriate no doubt need to be adapted and adopted to the particular subject matters at hand.

Deities, i.e. 1) the supreme deity, 2) other major deities and 3) angels/spirits are in virtually all religions represented as humans with especially advanced mental abilities. The henotheistic dominant deity in the Hebrew Bible speaks Hebrew/Canaanite and is represented as a temperamental, yet loving parental human person in being a certain historical masculinization of Sumerian Inanna, the goddess of love and war. Doctrinal monotheism has not been able to explain away the clearly very human character of this supreme deity as well as the distinctly human psychology of virtually every other deity in traditional religion who is typically represented as fully or partially human.

These claims and representations should be taken seriously as they refer to ordinary humans with special cognitive abilities. This in turn opens the significant question whether Simone de Beauvoir and Sigmund Freud were indeed of a genetic/cognitive disposition that most religions outside of religious imperialism would probably refer to as deities?

6. Beyond Religion “itself”

The purported, yet non-existent essence of “religion” itself is not only problematic but essentially redundant. Therefore it is essential to take a careful look at the manifold forms of both “religion” and purported non-religion to see what is valuable in their respective practices.

Prayer is essentially a sublimation of sexual deprivation as organized religions tend to severely and unnecessary so limit sexual practice. Prayer is essentially like a stalker constantly sending love letters that are never opened, let alone read by the stalked intended recipient.

Humanity therefore needs to learn from Bonobo persons (Grazile Chimpanzees) in making sex the central defining social activity in human society. Bonobo persons not only famously use sex as a means of conflict resolution but most of their social activities are precisely centered on having sex. Religion in ancient Sumer had sex temples as a very central feature and as Judaism indeed constitutes evolved Sumerian religion so must organized sex become the new locus and focus of organized religion. Organized religion therefore needs to return to its own Sumerian historical origins. Organized religion in modern society needs to abandon its current, typically logocentric pretensions of the purported “invisibly transcendental” and  instead become instrumental in helping make ritual sex the central social activity in Human society just as it is in Bonobo society.

Human males typically experience much more explicit need for sex than do human females who in turn tend to have more sexual intercourse with their typically awkwardly, permanently adjoined male than they really wish and desire. Male attraction to females is described in the Talmud as “the destructive inclination” Yetzer HaRa’a or literally “the bad power”, meaning the power of female sexuality over males and known as HaSatan meaning “the obstructor” in Hebrew. The Talmud describes Yetzer HaRa’a as “good” and this  refers to Inanna, the Sumerian transgender goddess of love and war who is the deity of Israel as there is no devil in Judaism.

It may be that human females may not be less interested in sex than are human males, but rather that they are much less interested in patriarchal forms of sexuality as centered on stereotypical insemination. However, patriarchal sexuality oppresses both females and males; yet males also oppress females sexually such as dividing females between males so that every male is supposed to essentially socially “own” one female counterpart who is thus subjugated through patriarchal power practices such as infatuation, dating, stalking, abduction, wedding, jealousy, wife-beating, reconciliation, child rearing etc.

So called monogamy is therefore an evolutionary social institutional remnant originally socially devised so as to ensure the survival of a female’s offspring in Stone Age human societies as a human female at the time essentially needed a reliable male protection racket in order to ensure the survival of her offspring at least until reaching reproductive age. In other words, a Stone Age female needed to become a prostitute of monogamy in order to ensure that her children would be able to themselves successfully reach reproductive age and therefore perpetuate the social cycle of patriarchy generally and patriarchal sexuality in particular. This is the historical origin of what is known as patriarchy (including what is known as religion) and is by no means genetically pre-determined as this is merely a socially constructed matrix with its own particular historical development. Organized religion therefore needs to return to its own sexual historical roots and focus on ethically facilitating feminist sex rather than as of now praying to invisible friends and repressing sexuality.

Yet there are things in religion (including purported non-religion) that are certainly valuable and should not be so easily become discarded as was so carelessly done during the centuries of Euro-Christian imperialism. The conventional perception of Rabbinic Judaism is that the more liberal the better. In fact, modernity viewed Rabbinic Judaism through the cultural prism of structurally Anti-Judaist Christendom and therefore sadly devalued most things good, valuable and admirable in Rabbinic Judaism. Non-Haredi denominations of Judaism were essentially reduced to Jewish “churches” in social and cultural terms. Among religious Rabbinic Jews is the perception typically in Para-Christian style that only one denomination is right while all the other denominations are “wrong”. Interestingly enough however, the truth is rather that different denominations of Rabbinic Judaism are each right in different respects. Each emphasizes important aspects while missing out on other important and indeed highly valuable aspects of pre-modern Rabbinic Judaism. Yet all denominations from the non-theistic Humanistic Judaism to the strictly observant Haredi Judaism imported destructive elements from the surrounding secularizing Christendom. One of the most destructive elements and which was adopted by virtually all denominations of Rabbinic Judaism was in fact the Para-Christian notion of religion.

Religion/non-religion in the digital age of virtual reality will enable unparalleled specialization as many kinds of communal activities can therefore be highly specialized in virtual reality and in fact tailored to particular highly specialized global audiences. This should mean focusing on what is truly valuable in religion/non-religion while reversely carefully understanding what is negative in religion and so therefore also avoiding the negative features that do appear in religion/non-religion.

Religion/non-religion fulfills important psychological, social and intellectual functions. Religion/non-religion therefore responds to actually real needs of the human herd animals. It is therefore essential to appropriately respond to those existing needs by offering services and activities that ethically fulfil those very real needs. In fact, organized religion long since claims to constitute virtual reality itself!

Traditional religious literature and especially so the Babylonian Talmud constitute immense intellectual treasures that need to be studied through the chavruta method in schools throughout the world as is in fact already done to some extent with regard to the Babylonian Talmud in schools in South Korea. These religious texts are amazing cultural treasures that importantly can aid students to help learn to think freely and innovatively.

Prayers ought to be supplanted by ritual sex and existing houses of prayer should be turned into sex temples. Organized religion as particular sublimations of repressed sexuality truly needs to re-appropriate its real historical Sumerian roots and indeed sexually embrace those very Sumerian historical roots. Ritual sex will not only obviate the need for individual prayer but crucially also obviate the need for communal prayer. The number of male births in the human population needs to be strongly limited by means of early changing chromosomal sex from male to female on human embryos as virtually all societal problems around the world are primarily caused by human males. Organized religion must therefore turn feminist and feminism in turn needs to embrace innovative feminist sex and a feminist sexual revolution that will deconstruct unhelpful sexual dichotomies and unhelpful sexual taxonomies.

Organized religion needs to be transformed from a force of either reaction or changing values after the surrounding culture already changed its values to spearheading advanced yet responsible intellectual, psychological, social and sexual change. Humans are herd animals and they truly desire to live in tribal communities with peers. The unhelp atomization of society as brought on by modernity and which typically serves to confuse and disempower young humans in open societies must not be confused with the very real need for comprehensive individualization of society and its institutions. Therefore society needs to be reorganized as according to non-coercive eugenic principles in hence spearheading a feminist sexual revolution that will make organized religion ethically relevant yet essentially end religion as it is now known.