Published November 18, 2022
The materialist magician is back, sporting a preferred-pronoun nametag and waving a LGBTQ pride flag. C.S. Lewis’s wily fictional devil Screwtape coined the term, and today’s transgender dogma is an obvious manifestation of the incoherent combination of magical thinking and materialism. Materialist magicians are a danger to us all.
The doctrine of transgenderism asserts that we each have an innate gender identity that is separate from, and which may not match, the sex of our bodies. This mystical claim—that we have some sort of immaterial gendered self that can be born into the wrong body—is presumed but never explained or argued for.
A recent Vox article offers an example.
Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.