Sigmund Freud, Stone Towers, and — Hard Rock?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen  

Although this article is about Siggy and some others, I want to make a comparison — I seriously doubt you have ever read something like this from a biblical creationist. People my age (and Radar, who established this weblog) know of the band Rainbow in the 1970s. We will use "Stargazer" from Rising.

Sigmund Freud influenced psychology, but most of his ideas have been rejected. You will be surprised by the analogy with a classic secular rock song.
De "Weinig" Toren van Babel Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563
The song is powerful, dramatic, is 8-1/2 minutes long. Because "Stargazer" is a song, there are a few awkward parts in the lyrics. I am going to give some of them my own interpretation. "Stargazer" is sung in the first person by someone who seemed to be a willing slave that, like the others, had lost his will. He is amazed that the wizard could fly above the ground.
In the heat and rain with whips and chains
to see him fly, so many died
we built a tower of stone with our flesh and bone
just to see him fly
The wizard had "his star" and wanted to launch from the tower so he could fly to it, possibly taking the survivors along. "But we don't know why. Now where do we go?"

Things didn't go as planned. The time arrived and the wizard climbed to the top of the tower, but "there's no sound as he falls instead of rising". Uh oh. His monument to his own glory is suddenly worthless, and the confused slaves seemed to go into their right minds again. "He gave me back my will", okay, he's dead and can't exactly do that, but the wizard's control over people was broken after he did a monumental faceplant.

Now we abruptly change to the rise and fall of Siggy Freud and the psychoanalysis from secularism. He did have a few things to offer, but most of his "theories" were ad hoc and found to be ridiculous. People have discovered long after Freudianism had been established that his ideas were full of hooey. He (figuratively) built a tower of stone as a monument to his own pride. His fall from the heights did not fully manifest itself in his lifetime, but I reckon bewildered students of psychology are asking, like the slave in the song, "Now where do we go?"

If I may suggest? There are many schools of psychology but they don't really work because they are based in atheism and evolution. People need Bible-based counseling. Take responsibility for your actions instead of blaming other people, admit your sins, repent, and let your Creator be the Lord of your life. There is more to it than this, but that's a good start, you savvy?

Charles Darwin's philosophies had an influence on Freud and many other people. Karl Marx wrote to Friedrich Engels about Origin of Species, "This is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our view". Darwin and Marx were not in full agreement on some things, but this part is significant. Evolution through Darwin's hijacked version of natural selection had almost faded away at one time. It was rescued by adding conjectures about mutations, and then called neo-Darwinism or the modern synthesis. Sometimes it has a similar but longer title, but many people say Darwinism for short and expect people to understand what they're talking about.

Look at the (figurative) tower of stone that Darwin built. He has had, and still has, followers that continue to build that monument. Many do not realize it, but Darwin has fallen from the tower. There are Intelligent Design proponents and other evolution doubters who are pondering the wreckage. What they believed is false, and they can walk away from the whips and chains of those who ride herd on the secular science industry. "Now where do we go?"

Biblical creationists interpret the evidence without the shackles of naturalistic paradigms. We know the ultimate source of truth is in God's Word, and creation scientists have theories and models that explain observed evidence without dishonest naturalistic paradigms and evolutionary machinations. You'll thank us later.

In Genesis 11:1-9 we read about how the population had increased after the Flood, but sinful humans rebel against God. They wanted to stay where they were, build a tower made of bricks, and make a name for themselves. This was essentially a monument to pride, arrogance, and rebellion against God. We know how that turned out.

Back to "Stargazer" again. In the increasingly intense ending, one of the lines about looking at the tower of stone causes me to imagine the singer punctuating "Look! Look! Look! Look! Look at his tower of stone!" with finger jabs. Yes, take a good look. And become free.

I know I've hopped like a bucking bronco among three subjects. Now it's time to give you a link to what prompted all this.
Let this be a lesson on misplaced trust in confident-sounding authority figures. This guy was SO WRONG!
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was THE celebrity psychologist at the turn of the 19th century. The Austrian psychologist was prolific, bold and arrogant. His theories were standard fare in textbooks, using words and concepts he invented: id, ego, super-ego, the unconscious, Oedipus complex, female hysteria, psychoanalysis. His visage, with white beard, glasses and cigar, probing the subconscious influences of some patient on a couch, is easily recognizable even today. He spawned many disciples and imitators. The adoration and affection heaped on this man as a scientist was incalculable in his day.
But now look at the title of a piece in Live Science by Benjamin Plackett: “WAS FREUD RIGHT ABOUT ANYTHING?”
The expected answer, and the answer defended in the article, is a resounding NO.
I'd be much obliged if you'd the rest of the article. Just click on "Freud: Celebrity Fraud". In addition, you may be interested in "The Tower of Babel and Evolutionary Thinking".

Finally, if you've a mind to, you can hear "Stargazer" on YouTube, and the frantic sequel, "A Light in the Black" where Tony Carey adds excellent keyboard work, Ritchie Blackmore does excellent guitar work, Jimmy Bain shone on bass, Ronny James Dio had excellent vocals again, and Cozy Powell's thundering on drums was amazing. When I had the vinyl album, side two only contained these songs. By the way, it had one of the best album covers. If you look at it, find the figure near the bottom, left of center.