‘Woke’ people are modern day Gnostics

Wokeness is the new Gnosticism because it allows its adherents to transcend their unredeemable physical natures.

One of the biggest fallacies of our time is that ideas have a sell-by date; they become outdated, and then are never seen again. No. Mankind has existed for thousands of years but our limited brains only ever recycle old ideas.

Conservatives are naturally sceptical of ‘new’ ideas, trusting only in the filtered wisdom that has come down from the past. We especially distrust the breathless, untested plans of inexperienced youngsters, such as the #letsdothis promises of Jacinda Ardern.

My training is in theology but before that word sends you away to the next article, please bear with me. Theology is as much a study of human nature as it is of the nature of God. Good theology understands human nature. Bad theology, heretical theology, holds to a false understanding of human nature.

Our cultural crisis is theological because at its root is a false understanding of human nature.

Good theology draws from what the Bible reveals about God and Man in relation to each other. The Bible reveals that our successful existence as created beings requires a certain moral structure; but as fallen beings, we are wayward and enslaved to sin and we need redemption. Redemption is found through faith in God.

The whakapapa of Jesus Christ, found at the start of the book of Matthew, is remarkable in that it includes a collection of notoriously dodgy people; unlike most genealogies at the time, which were compiled to show that the person was from a line of the most virtuous, noble individuals. But even though they were dodgy, many of them found redemption through faith in God.

The Bible tells us that nobody is so far enslaved to sin that they can’t find redemption; but also that there is nobody so good and noble that they don’t require redemption. We are all sinners.

The Bible also shows us that God’s will is that the community of the redeemed should be maximised. On the one hand, there is the firm, uncompromising Law, but on the other hand there is the accommodation to the brutal fact of our fallenness and slavery to sin: atonement through repentance, and restoration by a merciful God. A community of perfect people would be an empty one. Like the men who wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, we would all slink away when asked if we are without sin.

This is why in the Orthodox Church there is the principle of ‘economia’, or ‘household management’. The desire is to maximise membership of the community of the redeemed, while still holding absolutely firm on the call to holiness. There are rules, called canons, that have emerged from the interaction between Biblical principles and messy pastoral and political situations. However, the Orthodox Church is not a legalistic body – it is a community in which its leaders, the bishops, act as its chief pastors. Bishops carefully weigh up the guidance of Scripture and the canons in each unique pastoral situation, and apply the principle of economia to ensure the best possible pastoral outcome.

Bad theology results in exclusive, rule-bound communities that fail to show any mercy at all and aim for an unattainable purity. One such theology is called Gnosticism, and it is this theology that has engulfed our governing classes.

Gnostics were the spiritual elitists of the early Christian centuries. They believed that the material human body was utterly corrupted and totally unredeemable. They believed that the vast majority of people were spiritual pondlife, incapable of any kind of redemption. Only the enlightened spiritual elite had any value: they had overcome the body through special secret knowledge relating to the mind and spirit.

This is exactly the spirit alive today in the left-liberal elites. Ordinary people are ‘deplorables’, guilty of irredeemable sins such as that of being white. Redemption can only come through acquiring esoteric knowledge such as intersectionality and queer theory. Becoming ‘woke’ is to wake up to the enlightenment this knowledge brings.

Wokeness is the new Gnosticism because it allows its adherents to transcend their irredeemable physical natures. A white woke person can deny their whiteness and become an ‘ally’. Failure to do so is racism. A woke person can deny the validity of biological sex. A woke person can somehow combine the demands of piloting the ship of state with nurturing an infant. (The hopelessly unwoke deplorable Jacob Rees-Mogg did not offer himself for leadership because he knew that the demands of a newborn were incompatible with those of government.)

A woke person does not actually have to do anything in the physical world: wokeness is sufficient. The woke can fly around to expensive conferences of the woke, talking in the language of their secret knowledge to each other, without fearing that they will be asked to act outside of the mental sphere. ‘Global governance best practice around diversity, inclusion and equity in a world threatened by climate change and the rise of the far right’ has never ever filled a dangerous pothole. When it does seep out into praxis, you have disasters like the famous feminist snow-clearing of Sweden that meant that important infrastructure workers couldn’t actually get to their work sites.

The new woke Gnostics need to be removed from power. This is easily done: their funding needs to be cut off. No more grants for woke studies departments and no more funding for the UN. No more funding for global governance best practice training for charity sector organisations. And that’s just the start …

About the author:

Rob Scovell is a graduate of Edinburgh University with degrees in Astrophysics, Theology, and Mathematical Modelling. His interests are in political analysis and in bridging the illusory gap between Faith and Science. He is a classical liberal in a world where that position is under attack from both left and right-wing Identitarians.