Meister Eckhart says that “God is the denial of denial.”
If politicians are in profound denial about, say climate change, or the insurrection of January 6–that endangered the lives of congressional leaders and capitol police, and resulted in 6 deaths and over 140 injuries of policemen, and has up to now put 400 people in jail and has been called by certain politicians “ordinary political discourse”–does that then make them all practicing atheists?
I think it does. (But I do not mean to demean atheists. Many atheists have moral values they try to live up to like the rest of us and are not in denial about climate change or the seriousness of the January 6 insurrection.)
A “practicing atheist” is one whose actions belie any belief in a God of justice or compassion or even love. A “practicing atheist” is a theist (or panentheist) who turns his/her back on justice and/or truth. Hypocrisy is compounded in such actions.
In some states, polling tells us that “crime” is the most important issue to some voters in the upcoming election. Is it a crime to do nothing about climate change and vote against legislation that addresses climate change (and therefore record-making destructive hurricanes)?
Is it a crime to be in denial of climate change and then cry crocodile tears when hurricanes come, or wildfires come, like some politicians do?
Is denial of climate change not a crime against humanity? And a crime against creation and all other creatures as well?
Surely matricide, the killing of our Mother Earth, is a crime, is it not?
Is it a crime to vote against other states receiving aid for hurricanes (specifically New York and New Jersey) and then turn around and beg for billions of dollars of help from the United States government, like one Florida governor is doing–without, it seems, apologizing to those states for denying relief? Yet asking those states for relief now for his state?
So far, over 900 people have been charged with crimes for participating in the January 6 violent insurrection and trying to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power in the United States government. All of them attest to being “inspired” by a former president. More than half of them are now in jail and others are undergoing trials. Do these crimes count as crimes? Then it would seem that the former president’s party is not a party against crime.
Nor is it a party in favor of law enforcement, since over 200 law enforcement officers were attacked those days, and 140 incurred great physical harm, and all of them underwent mental and psychological harm.
Crime is not just someone breaking into one’s car or home, stealing and doing damage. Crime is also breaking into democracy to destroy it, and breaking into hearts and minds eager for truth to spread lies and falsehoods. The media and politicians are very capable of such mortal sins so deadly to killing the soul of a nation.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 224, xxiii-xxvii.
See Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ pp. 2, 144, 34, 148, 174,and Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic–and Beyond, pp. 93ff on Matricide.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner image: Climate Crime Scene. Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash.
Queries for Contemplation
Are you speaking out and encouraging others to do so in this election time about crimes against humanity and creation and democracy itself?
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics