The True Left opposes secularism, or the idea that religion should play no part in social or political discussion. The secularist view would imply that religious life is or should be separate from social life—a preposterous notion to the genuinely religious. The church however should have no influence over state affairs, but only insofar as no other organization with a different leadership should rival the state.
It must be stressed also that religious discussion should not be constrained to a mere tolerance and preservation of different creeds. In the wake of the False Left’s dethronement of religious authority was foisted a relativism that saw all religions as ‘equal,’ or more specifically, equally tolerable, respectable, commendable, etc. The chief problem with this relativism is the consequence that all religious moral systems must therefore also be equal.
While the Far Right rejects this relativism merely on the basis of whether a given religion is part of their traditional ‘identity,’ the True Left rejects it by instead holding each creed to an absolute standard of universal moral values. Metaphysics, theology, and other such models set forth by religions may be respected, but only so long as their moral ramifications—and explicit decrees—are noble. Most religions however also hold room for a range of interpretation, though often a result of a corruption of its founder’s teachings.
This being the case, the True Leftist, in addition to assessing the theology of his or any other religion for its moral implications, seeks to associate with and advance its noble aspects while eliminating the ignoble. It is not enough for him to stop at his own religion though; he must help to unite the noble elements across all religions if the True Left has any hope of eradicating the tribalist creeds.
Over the coming weeks will be published a series of articles dealing with some of the major religions of the world, in an attempt to briefly evaluate each for its relation to the ideals of the True Left. It is hoped that this will help unite the noble elements across all faiths, by showing the common Gnostic thread that runs through their unadulterated versions, and by exposing the sordid creeds and corruptions.
At the foundation of any Gnostic or True Left theology must lie a dualism of some form. Good must be set against Evil in a clear manner. If the element of Evil is either unspecified, or included within the control or emanatory power of Good, then it is justified according to such a theology. Also, if Good is represented as merely commensurate with Evil, then evil actions are again justified as this is relativism. A Gnostic religion must present Good as essentially and originally opposed to Evil, and also superior to it.
Often the two forces oppose each other as the archetypes Spirit and Matter, Truth and Falsehood, Light and Darkness, Justice and Iniquity, Purity and Corruption, and so on. For adherents to Gnostic religion, this opposition calls for constant struggle against Evil. The fate of humans and of the world is not pre-determined; we have free will and thus are responsible for our actions or lack thereof.
The cosmic struggle through each of us
Therefore, a religious approach in line with the Gnostic Left must not be solely about theological ideas, or personal psychology, but must also have social and political action in this life as a vital directive—and not, ideally, as a mere means for attaining divine favor: good deeds in this world should be foremost a matter of compassion and duty, not about rewards and punishments.
With these basic precepts in mind, we will examine various religions and allow the noble elements to surface while casting aside the reprehensible dogmas.