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Dialectical Christianity: the praxis of heresy
by Dean Gotcher
January 4, 2007
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But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
1. Self and the environment: the dialectical curse.
"...the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him." Obadiah 1:7
The Word of God is a didactic, patriarchal paradigm. It is a system of thought and action based upon belief. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16 A person either obeys or disobeys. From Genesis to Revelation the Word of God is contrasting ways of thinking (paradigms). "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8, 9 The repeated message is that man would turn back to God and his paradigm. "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:7 There is no middle ground in a didactic, deductive, patriarchal paradigm. Break one part of the law and you break it all. Discourse will not change the outcome, repentance will. The message is antithesis, dualism; obey me and you will be blessed or disobey me and you will be cursed, black or white, right or wrong, heaven or hell, sheep or goats, saved or lost, Christ or Belial, something is one way and can not be any other way, etc.
From the fall of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-15) to the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:1-6) the didactic, patriarchal, biblical paradigm has been opposed by the dialectical, heresiarchal, worldly paradigm. This paradigm is a system of thought and action based upon opinion―private interpretation. It focuses upon those things which are common and similar to its nature. Whatever appears to be the best way to satisfy a person's or a group's desired goal, in light of the evidence provided by the environment, whatever is rational, reasonable, practical in the current setting to solve the problem of personal and or social dissatisfaction, whatever "seems to be" right, is right. Situation ethics, values clarification, Socratic critical thinking, are just some of the labels given to this system of thought and action.
“The ideas of the Enlightenment taught man that he could trust his own reason as a guide to establishing valid ethical norms and that he could rely on himself, needing neither revelation nor that authority of the church in order to know good and evil.” Stephen Eric Bronner Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists
Overcoming the dialectical split: circumventing the traditional family role in society
“By ‘dialectical’ I mean an activity of consciousness struggling to circumvent the limitations imposed by the formal-logical law of contradiction.” Norman O. Brown Life Against Death
Those who praxis the dialectical paradigm, purpose to circumvent the didactic paradigm. In a dialectical paradigm, the didactic, the obedience vs. disobedience system of thought (judgment based upon a non-sensuous based belief system―depending upon faith), is treated as nonsense. According to Norman O. Brown, imposed laws are seen as the source of conflict (contradiction) when they interfere with natural self-environmental relationships. When laws are presented in a formal and a logical construct (obey vs. disobey) and limit "normal" earthly desires, they are to be struggled against until the system which promoted them is negated both in the mind of the person and in the praxis―life experience―of the community. The conscience becomes seared in such a praxis.
Formal-Logical law of Contradiction defines the traditional family environment.
Setting the stage for circumventing God and His Word.
“Social control is most effective at the individual level. The personal conscience is the key element in ensuring self-control, refraining from deviant behavior even when it can be easily perpetrated.”1
“The family, the next most important unit affecting social control, is obviously instrumental in the initial formation of the conscience and in the continued reinforcement of the values that encourage law abiding behavior.”1
“Unfortunately, because of the reduction of influence exerted by neighbors, the extended family and even the family, social control is now often more dependent on external control, than on internal self-control.”1 [No mention of God and His Word]
"Shift in philosophy about police duties vs. community responsibilities to a team concept of Total Quality Management of the community. Reidentifying the police role as a Facilitator in the community."2
“Identifying common ground, where all factions of a community can work together for the common good of the community in a broader problem-solving approach. Forming a partnership between police and the rest of the community where each is accountable to each other and the community as whole."2
"Leaders of the community (law enforcement, government, business, education, health, civic, non-profit, medical, religious, etc.) collaborating to identify problems in the community… and suggesting solutions to those problems.”2
“The theme underlying much of the research is that once you can identify a community, you have discovered the primary unit of society above the level of the individual and the family that can be mobilized to take concerted action to bring about positive social change.”1
“The community of interest generated by crime, disorder and fear of crime becomes the goal to allow community policing officer an entree into the geographic community.”1
1 Trojanowicz, The meaning of “Community” in Community Policing (emphasis added)
2 COPS Community Oriented Policing Services US Department of Justice
“Family organization is the nucleus of all social organization.” “What we call ‘conscience’ perpetuates inside of us our bondage to past objects now part of ourselves." “The guilty conscience is formed in childhood by the incorporation of the parents and the wish to be father of oneself.” Normal O. Brown Life Against Death
"Using social environment forces to change the parents behavior toward the child." Theodor Adorno The Authoritarian Personality
“The major implication . . . was the transformation of the family’s role in the process of socialization.” Martin Jay The Dialectical Imagination: The History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923-1950
“The family thus may be considered to be the psychological agent of the society.” Erick Fromm Escape from Freedom
(emphasis above added)
The "detoxification" of the traditional family experience.
“The conception of the ideal family situation for the child: uncritical obedience to the father and elders, pressures directed unilaterally from above to below, inhibition of spontaneity and emphasis on conformity to externally imposed values.” Theodor Adorno The Authoritarian Personality
The dialectical process in praxis is used to coach those under the influence of patriarchal authority how to prevail over their fear of chastisement and to consciously outwit such a system of "repression." They become adept in sidestepping an obedience/disobedience definition of behavior and thus are able to justify relationship with what was originally labeled, by traditionally minded parents, teachers, ministers, etc., as deviant behavior―polymorphously perverse. No matter how "caring and nice" the counselor may seem to be and no matter how dire the situation may appear to be this is the leaven they bring into the loaf. All of psychological counseling is built upon the following foundation. Dad and mom are not perfect, but the office is. It only takes a little leaven to annihilate the office. I Corinthians 5:6
“Children are polymorphously perverse. . . . by the standards of normal adult sexuality.” “Infantile sexuality is the pursuit of pleasure obtained through the activity of any and all organs of the human body [touching, seeing, muscular activity, pain, etc.].” “Fore-pleasure is the preliminary play with all parts of the body, and represent a perpetuation of the pure polymorphous perverse play of infantile sexuality.” “Psychoanalysis declares the fundamental bisexual character of human nature; .... The ‘magical’ body of occidental mysticism, and the ‘diamond’ body of oriental mysticisms, and, in psychoanalysis, the polymorphously perverse body of childhood.” “Dionysus affirms the dialectical unity of the great instinctual opposites: reunifies male and female, Self and Others, life and death.” Norman O. Brown Life Against Death
“Prior to therapy the person is prone to ask himself ‘What would my parents want me to do?’ During the process of therapy the individual come to ask himself ‘What does it mean to me?’” Carl Rogers On becoming a person
"Without exception, patients enter group therapy with the history of a highly unsatisfactory experience in their first and most important group--their primary family." Irwin Yalom The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
". . . 'to expose the patient, under more favorable circumstances, to emotional situations which he could not handle in the past. ... undergo a corrective emotional experience suitable to repair the traumatic influence of pervious experience.' Franz Alexander, 1946 in Ibid.
"He reenacts early family scripts in the group and, if therapy is successful, is able to experiment with new behavior, to break free from the locked family role he once occupied. … the patient changes the past by reconstituting it." Ibid.
"Through the therapist's continued willingness to verbalize and to confront the calamity calmly, patients gradually realize the irrationality of the feared calamity." Ibid.
"The therapist assists the patient to clarify the nature of the imagined danger and then ... to detoxify, to disconfirm the reality of this danger." Ibid.
He reenacts early family scripts in the group and, if therapy is successful, is able to experiment with new behavior, to break free from the locked family role he once occupied. ... the patient changes the past by reconstituting it." Ibid.
"There is no type of past behavior too deviant for a group to accept once therapeutic group norms are established." Ibid.
CONTRAST VS. SIMILAR
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21
The United Nations knows that in a "face to face, informal meeting," leaders and representatives compromise their allegiance to their country and become devoted to the global cause. Representation can only exist with contrast between parties whereas mediation/compromise can only exist with identifying and focusing upon what is similar/common between parties. National sovereignty is maintained in across the table, formal meetings―recognizing contrast between nations―“. . . attitudes which make for national aggression," and globalism is engendered in face to face, informal meetings―discovering what is similar between people―". . . attitudes that increase international understanding.” Tensions that cause war ... a group of men brought together by UNESCO 1950
In the environment of similar―consensus― contrast is negated―neutralized, marginalized, and then removed―Neutralized when everyone―the We―has equal input, marginalized when the We then refuse to listen to you, and removed when the We decide you are being divisive and you need to go, or you realize you are no longer being listened to by the We and you leave on your own.
In the environment of contrast―"Ingroup, Outgroup"―similar is regarded as conspiratorial and judged as most evil―heresy/treason. It is reflected in the phrase "Evil company corrupts good morals." A person with this paradigm must either repent, convert, or leave/die. “Obedience and loyalty are the first requirements of the ingroup member. What is called power‑seeking and clannishness in the outgroup is transformed into moral righteousness, self‑defense, and loyalty in the ingroup.” “The ingroup must be kept pure and strong. The only methods of doing this are to liquidate the outgroups altogether, to keep them entirely subordinate, or to segregate them in such a way as to minimize contact with the ingroups.” Theodor Adorno The Authoritarian Personality None of these options, as listed by the Marxist Adorno, are given to the church, the called out ones―out of darkness into light. It is, like pilgrims and strangers, in the world, but not of the world. 1 Peter 2:9-11
"I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." 1 Corinthians 5:9-11
I write here as a Christian whose Lord has stated that this world is not his kingdom. John 18:36 Unlike any other religion whose claim is repent, convert, or die, it is in God's hands to determine the time of death and the eternal resting place for those who reject Him and His Word and it is not mine. I am simply to follow Christ and be a witness of His mercy and grace in the life I now live in him; by His blood, by my testimony in Him, and by not loving this life to the end―to endure does not imply vengeance. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19
Yet I must expose those who praxis heresy/treason. My faith does not negate my right to protect my person, my family, my neighbors, and my nation, from enemies―foreign and domestic―for conscience sake. The one thing that I can not do is defend my faith. It defends me, not from the environment, but from my self―my carnal nature―and its desire to fellowship with the environment, i.e. to worship the creation. I must let God and His word defend me for my eternal soul's sake. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalms 119:11
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Colossians 3:5-7
The inalienable (no man can put a lien upon) rights recognized by our framing fathers (of the U. S. A.) were foundational to each sovereign state's identity―every citizen has the right of faith, faith which protects them from their carnal-socialist-environmentalist-cosmic focusing nature. Communism―communitarianism, socialism, globalism, humanism, environmentalism, internationalism, etc.―building upon the dialectical praxis of synthesizing self and environment―seeks to remove those rights. They can not exist with those rights in place. They always remove rights by redefining them as privileges. They do this by getting those in authority to change or shift their focus. To no longer focus upon contrast but to focus upon similar i.e. those things which we all have in common―our carnal nature, our common "felt" needs―is what unites us. "One for all and all for one"―consensus―removes my right of humbling and denying myself before a holy and just God and restricts me from proclaiming my faith to the world.
See comments based on this article atAnne Rice
1. Cindy Crosby, Interview with a Penitent," Christianity Today, 12-01-05, http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/012/11.50.html
2. Anne Rice answers letters (scroll down to August 17, 05), http://blog.cadmussorrell.com/2005/07/anne-rice-christ-our-lord-out-of-egypt/
3. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, reviewed by George Barna, November 29, 2005.
4. Gene Edward Veith, "Perilous project: But Anne Rice hits an orthodox balance," WORLD, December 3, 2005. www.worldmag.com/displayarticle.cfm?id=11317
5. David Gates, "The Gospel According to Anne," Newsweek Oct. 31, 2005, www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9785289/site/newsweek
6. John MacArthur, ed., The MacArthur Study Bible (Nashville: Word, 1997), page 1514.
Anne Rice, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), pages shown above.
8. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas From "The Apocryphal New Testamentat www.gnosis.org/library/inftoma.htm
9."The Death of God: An Introduction," www.faithnet.org.uk/Theology/deathofgod.htm
10. Tom Frame, "Being 'Honest to God' 40 years on," Anglican Media, Melbourne, May 2003, www.media.anglican.com.au
11. Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, "Robinson, A. T. Remembered," The VOICE, Sept. 1995, http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/vox30995.html
12. "The Cosmic Plenum: Teilhard's Gnosis: Cosmogenesis," www.bizcharts.com/stoa_del_sol/plenum/plenum_2.html and
13. www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/community-2.htm and www.crossroad.to/articles2/Reinvent1.htm
14. Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988), 34, 124.
15. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un.htm and www.bwanet.org/Congress/congresstoday29f.htm
Note:Many more tell-tale signs of Gnosticism could be listed, but they are not relevant to this review. We plan to explain the details in a later article.
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