0058 The other way to game the system comes from the thousand points of light, floating where the leviathan swims, in the heights of the celestial waters. On the surface, we humble folk see these points of illumination self-identify as “not religious”. So, we think that they are not Christian, Jewish or Islamic factions.
Ah, but the meaning of the word “religion” changes.
Is the term still limited to the above-mentioned factions?
Must we continue the charade?
The same goes for the term, “metaphysics”.
Does this term only apply to Christian, Jewish or Islamic theologies?
Or, does the term also apply to the righteousness1aC underlying Big Government (il)Liberal agendas2aC?
0059 If Big Government (il)Liberal institutions (BG(il)L) self-identify as “not religious”, then they must be compatible with science. Their organizational objectives may be taught in public schools, especially when their methodology takes on the style of the empirio-schematic judgment and ends up establishing a noumenon, corresponding to what the phenomena add up to.
Now, here comes a really big sentence.
While ID3a observes and measures1a phenomena1b and demonstrates that the noumenon1b is greater than what available mechanical and mathematical models2a predict, BG(il)L institutions3a rely on ideologically informed models2a applied to selected observations and measurements1a in order to establish phenomena1a that guarantee the relevance of their situation-level empirio-schematic judgment2b.
In effect, certain phenomena1b may be deemed to be so salient that a noumenon1b becomes manifest, thereby warranting the attention of a naturalist intellect3b and establishing the legitimacy of a discipline’s language, models and observations2b.
Phenomena1b may be manufactured in order to project realness into the corresponding noumenon1b. This is the work of the experts in state education.
0060 In order to fully appreciate what comes next, the reader may consider the masterwork, How to Define the Word “Religion” (available at smashwords), especially the chapter on presence.
How do BG(il)L institutions, while self-identifying as “not religious”, establish their doctrines in public schools? How do “not religious” institutions establish a state religion?
Clearly, they game Michael Ruse’s demarcation criteria. They pretend to be a science by mimicking the methodology (just like ID does). But, they do not get caught (like ID gets caught).
Then, they game Robert Pennock’s demarcation criteria, by self-identifying as “not religious”. Therefore, they not subject to scrutiny when they violate the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
0061 So how are BG(il)L institutions religious?
There are two types of religion, based on two distinctly different objects in the society tierC. One2cC is assumed3cC. This relational object2cC builds civilizations or destroys them. The other2aC belongs to institutions3aC. Organizational objects2aC emerge from (and situate) the potential of righteousness1aC.
Organizational objects2aC are religious.
0062 Only two associations are required (S and T).
The organizational objective2aC of a “not religious” BG(il)L institution3aC goes with a noumenon1b (S), which is where metaphysics is quietly stuffed according to the dictates of the naturalist intellect3b.
By focusing on observations and measurements2a that contribute to the feeling that the corresponding phenomena1b are real, these institutions generate the impression of a metaphysics-filled noumenon1b, the thing itself, which may take on a life of its own. Both apparent phenomena1b and their spectral noumenon1b support a situation-level actuality2b that reifies the entire content levela.
Righteousness1aC associates with the entire content level of methodologicala naturalismb (T).
Scientific method is the foundation of BG(il)L belief.
Righteousness mimics the empirio-schematic judgment by promoting a disciplinary language3a, ideologically-informed mechanical models2a and selective observations and measurements1a. The content-level nested forma establishes the realness of the situation-level actuality2a, by establishing irrefutable phenomena1b. The realness of the situation-level actuality2a, plus the unassailable status of the phenomena1b, establish an undeniable noumenon1b, containing a metaphysically informed BG(il)L organizational objective2aC.
In 1981, The Creation Science is attacked by the leviathan for a crude imitation of what BG(il)L institutions have been doing for over two decades. In 2005, The Intelligent Design is mauled for a more sophisiticated imitation. Our world is indeed upside down.
In each BG(il)L institution, observations and measurements1a are selected to support mechanistic and ideological models2a and guide the believer’s definition of words3a. The “not religious” believer then accepts the realness of the corresponding phenomena1b and the realness of the corresponding noumenon1b.
Remember, the phenomena1b carry the imprint of selective observations1a, righteousness-inspired models2a and virtue-signaling disciplinary language3a. These elementsa are inherently meta- (crossing out of) -physical (material and instrumental causality), even though couched in the methodology of science.
Remember, the noumenon1b carries a BG(il)L organizational objective2aC, which is inherently religious.
In sum, the veracity of a BG(il)L institution’s empirio-schematic judgment2b is supported by the righteousness of the content-level’s disciplinary language3a, models2a and observations1a. The BG(il)L’s phenomena1b cannot be refuted. The BG(il)L’s noumenon1b is undeniable. Those who question the veracity of the institution’s normal context3a, actualities2aand potentials1a must be regarded as not properly informed. They are not righteous1aC.
What are public schools supposed to do?
Properly inform students?
Or indoctrinate them with “not religious” values?
0063 Here is diagram of how BG(il)L institutions game the system.
0064 Surely, the Christians have given the leviathan enough rope. Pull the creature in and let these heavenly waters descend. Perhaps, the celestial ocean of BG(il)L will fall on its own. Can a sea of government liquidity levitate on borrowed and printed money? How long can this inversion continue?
Can it reign for a thousand years?
Pennock’s essay is intended to clarify the 2005 Kitzmiller case and to provide a rule of thumb to distinguish science and religion. These comments show how Pennock’s rule can be gamed. It was gamed before his participation in the debate. It is being gamed after.
0065 What is the problem?
Is methodical naturalism crowding Christianity from the public square?
Or, is methodological naturalism allowing “not religious” BG(il)L doctrines into the public square?
Clearly, both dynamics are at play.
0066 I thank Robert Pennock for his challenging article.