fschmidt wrote:Materialism and legalism are different things.
I don't think see much of a difference tbh. Makes me think of Libertarianism, whose founders were Jews if that means anything. Fedora capitalism. Bowtie wearers. These are all Righstuff ideas. Following very logical and constructed rationality lacks spirit. It can't see a higher truth. Following the letter of the law and not its intent. Also makes me think of autism. People on 4chan use autism as an insult for a certain kind of thinking and it's pretty accurate.
The more superstitious a culture is, the more messed up and less developed it is. This is why Moses commanded the Israelites not to "practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead" (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
Christianity peaked when it felt compelled to follow the law (as proof of faith) and when it didn't focus on superstitions. If Christianity could return to some system like Calvin's that causes Christians to follow moral laws, then I would agree with you. But show me such a form of Christianity today? I can't find it.
There's truth to this and it's a similar argument to what a Nietzschean would say. But trying to destroy superstition is an impossible goal and I'd even say inadvisable because it goes against human nature. Rather than making futile attempts to suppress human nature, I'd rather try to give it a positive direction in religion. So I think humans need to be superstitious in church so they aren't superstitious in a whorehouse. I can't see humans ever really being without superstition. All this focus on human nature by Reactionaries is what Marx called us out on in the Manifesto.