Ready for a shock, those of my regular, cherished, God-sent, wonderful readers?
I’m undertaking a study, of sorts, of Eastern Mysticism. Now, I’m not completely unfamiliar with it, having perused some of Ken Wilber’s works in the past, widely regarded as a non-idiot, non "New Age" Eastern philosopher. While I always want to rebel, citing a Hellenic Tradition, I find Wilber strangely appealing in some ways. It’s a "heart in the right place" kind of thing.
Completely aside, there is one thing that strikes me about the difference between Western and Eastern religious traditions. Western monotheism is geocentric, an inescapable limiting condition, as its tenants assumed and integrate Earth as the center of the Universe. It got as far as it could possibly go a five-hundred years ago, when Copernicus changed everything. Conversely, Eastern pantheism or perennialism seems to me to have no such limitation, and thus, I must conclude is far better suited as a lasting religious tradition going forward; not that I’m thinking of converting or anything.
I don’t want to get into the why, just yet. That will be revealed in the fullness of time.
What I’m looking for is a good critique from an individualist, rational, or scientific perspective. I’ve got no end of stuff that supports it, and even critiques by Christians are easy to come by. Anything out there by libertarians, generally speaking?