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Zeitgeist - The Movie | Background

Zeitgeist - Introduction

Zeitgeist is an excellent and thought provoking film, freely available for download, just google the term “zeitgeist download” or zeitgeist youtube works as well. The film very clearly shows the division between religious theistic and non-theistic or secular paradigms.

This background introduction lays down an important base for understanding and critiquing the documentary Zeitgeist. The next part Zeitgeist religion will go more in depth into what Zeitgeist says about religion in general, and Christianity in particular. The 9-11 conspiracy review by the Zeitgeist team is reviewed on the page Zeitgeist - 9-11.

Ironically Zeitgeist starts with a very negative attitude towards Christianity, but ends in perfectly in harmony with Christianity. Sadly the makers of Zeitgeist appear unaware of this, as they see the religion of Christianity instead of the Christian Faith as a relationship with Christ.

Much of what they say about the pagan influences on the Christian religion is very true, although very few Christians that I have met know this. Personally I think much of the Christian religion is hypocritical and there is paganism in it, the remnants of traditions. I am not religious. I have a relationship with God through Christ, which does not need religion to sustain it.

To clarify: I am a Christian, not a Catholic or a Protestant, or a Pentecostal, or any denomination. I go to church every Sunday and believe a Christian should meet other Christians regularly. The church I attend is built firmly on the Bible and Christ.

The next few paragraphs are vital to understanding the film and comprehending the concepts behind the information it gives.

To understand how to critique the film's objectivity, and hence its truthfulness, one has to understand the concept of paradigms. The introduction of the film encourages us to question. A very healthy attitude.

A paradigm is so intrinsic to us that we are not aware of our personal paradigms. All paradigms have their origin in an axiom, or first principle, which is by its very nature and definition, unprovable. All hypotheses, theories, philosophical concepts, thoughts, our understanding of existence, have their ultimate origin in a first principle.

Nobody can understand another person’s paradigm unless they enter that paradigm. One does not have to agree with the paradigm, but one has to enter it to be able to understand the arguments from that paradigm.

The major error in Western education is that there is a pathological fear of teaching students to reason through paradigm shifts. At universities, there is encouragement to think freely, but only within the university’s and the lecturer’s paradigm. All sciences, including medical, psychology and social sciences should start with a year of studying scientific philosophy before being allowed to start the main subject. Two reasons this is not done is that it would create students who actually think, and many leaders in universities do not understand or comprehend the paradigm concept themselves, although they might intellectually know a dictionary definition for the term.

As Albert Einstein said, ‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’

The introductory quotes are not repeated in this review, but are mentioned to point out an out of context bias, in the underlying philosophy of the first part of the film. The acceptance of a Supreme Being is intrinsic in any spiritual faith. Secular humanism treats a religion out of its context, as comprehending (as opposed to knowing about) the theistic concept does not exist in the secular humanistic paradigm. Zeitgeist is a three part documentary. The first is a critique on religion, especially Christianity. The second part deals with 9-11 and the discrepancies in the official 9-11 scenario, while the third deals with the consequences Federal Reserve Act, making the Dollar ‘funny money.’

Now on to the film.

Chogyam Rinpoche introduces the film from a humanistic, secular and academic perspective, and George Carlin’s comments at the beginning, are views of a secular comedian. Both speak from the non-theistic paradigm and what they say is absolutely rational from the non-theistic perspective. Chogyam Rinpoche was a Buddhist, which is a “philosophical religion” and not a “theistic religion.” He also studied comparative religion at Oxford University, which is a secularised institution, teaching comparative religion from a secular paradigm.

Jordan Maxwell, also in the introduction, is correct about what he says about truth and organised religion. But he is in error later in the film.

This review continues with Zeitgeist 2 religion.

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