We now have a short lesson from Pike. This time he discusses his views about how science has attempted to separate man from God; like when he wrote, “Science, wandering in error, struggles to remove God’s Providence to a distance from us and the material Universe.” For you see, science refuses to acknowledge that “Faith which is the Light by which the human soul is enabled.” I likened this lesson to the modern views of Postmodernism, which I have written about recently; but it is Pike who summed up my thoughts on the matter best when he said that science, like Postmodernism, is nothing but “massive props that supported nothing.” Now, he is not saying the science, like that of Postmodernism, has no value. No, what he is saying that the science has created a wedge between man and God. As such, these massive props support nothing of spiritual importance. Nevertheless, we still need science, lets just not forget the spiritual. Enjoy my friends:
Science, wandering in error, struggles to remove God’s Providence to a distance from us and the material Universe, and to substitute for its supervision and care and constant overseeing, what it calls Forces–Forces of Nature–Forces of Matter. It will not see that the Forces of Nature are the varied actions of God. Hence it becomes antagonistic to all Religion, and to all the old Faith that has from the beginning illuminated human souls and constituted their consciousness of their own dignity, their divine origin, and their immortality; that Faith which is the Light by which the human soul is enabled, as it were, to see itself.
It is not one religion only, but the basis of all religions, the Truth that is in all religions, even the religious creed of Masonry, that is in danger. For all religions have owed all of life that they have had, and their very being, to the foundation on which they were reared; the proposition, deemed undeniable and an axiom, that the Providence of God rules directly in all the affairs and changes of material things. The Science of the age has its hands upon the pillars of the Temple, and rocks it to its foundation. As yet its destructive efforts have but torn from the ancient structure the worm-eaten fret-work of superstition, and shaken down some incoherent additions–owl-inhabited turrets of ignorance, and massive props that supported nothing. The structure itself will be overthrown, when, in the vivid language of a living writer, “Human reason leaps into the throne of God and waves her torch over the ruins of the Universe” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 809-810).
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