In Ephesians 2:2 we read,
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Now we behold the “atheist” ideologues of the Left channeling Saint Paul. They are not atheists after all. They, too, believe in “the power of the air.” It hovers over our heads like the Holy Ghost in the guise of a “Moral Law.” It is a powerful spirit indeed, able to dictate to us all what we ought and ought not to do. Trump has had the interested effect of exposing this latest mutation of religious belief with crystal clarity. Consider the recent pronouncements of some of the lead actors. According to Daniel Dennett,
Regretfull Trump voters: It’s not to late to apologize, join the lawful resistance and pass it on. Act now. Every day you wait adds guilt.
Richard Dawkins chimes in:
“Make America great again?” Obama’s America already WAS great. And now look what you’ve got! A childishly vain, ignorant, petulant wrecker.
Sam Harris piles on:
I think Trump’s “Muslim Ban” is a terrible policy. Not only is it unethical with respect to the plight of refugees, it is bound to be ineffective in stopping the spread of Islamism.
Finally, “pro-conservative” Jonathan Haidt lays his cards on the table:
Presidents can revise immigration policies. But to close the door on refugees and lock out legal residents is in-American and morally wrong.
I have added italics and bolding to some key phrases. Absent a spirit, a ghost, a “power of the air” in the form of an objective Moral Law, none of these statements makes the least sense. Is evolution by natural selection capable of “adding guilt?” Do random processes in nature determine what is “ethical” and “unethical?” Did nascent behavioral traits evolving in the mind of Homo erectus suddenly jump over some imaginary line and magically acquire the power to determine what is “morally right” and “morally wrong?” I think not. Only a “power of the air” can make objective decisions about what “adds guilt,” or is “unethical,” or is “morally wrong.”
What we are witnessing is a remarkable demonstration of the power of evolved mental traits among the self-appointed “rational” members of our species. Our ubiquitous tendency to identify with an ingroup and hate and despise an outgroup? It’s there in all its glory. Start plucking away at the ideological bits and pieces that define the intellectual shack these “atheists” live in like so many patches of tar paper, and they react with mindless fury. Forget about a rational consideration of alternatives. The ingroup has been assaulted by “the others!” It is not merely a question of “the others” being potentially wrong. No! By the “power of the air” they are objectively and absolutely evil, disgusting, and deplorable, not to mention “like Hitler.”
This, my friends, is what moral chaos looks like. Instead of accepting the evolutionary genesis of moral behavior and considering even the most elementary implications of this fundamental truth, we are witnessing the invention of yet another God. This “power of the air” comes in the form of an animal known as “objective moral law” with the ability to change its spots and colors with disconcerting speed. It spews out “Goods” and “Evils,” which somehow exist independently of the minds that perceive them. We are left in ignorance of what substance these wraiths consist. None of the learned philosophers mentioned above has ever succeeded in plucking one out of the air and mounting it on a board for the rest of us to admire. They are “spirits,” and of course we are all familiar with the nature of “spirits.”
In a word, we live among “intelligent” animals endowed with strange delusions, courtesy of Mother Nature. Shockingly enough, we belong to the same species. How much smarter than the rest can we really be? The Puritans of old used to wrack their brains to expose the “sins” lurking in their minds. We would be better advised to wrack our brains to expose our own delusions. One such delusion is likely the vain hope that we will find a path out of the prevailing moral chaos anytime soon. At best, it may behoove us to be aware of the behavioral idiosyncrasies of our fellow creatures and to take some elementary precautions to protect ourselves from the more dangerous manifestations thereof.