On Aesthetic Nihilism, Part I & II

From his own experience, Eugene [Father Seraphim Rose] believed that modern man cannot come to Christ fully until he is first aware of how far he and his society have fallen away from Him, that is, until he has first faced the Nihilism in himself “The Nihilism of our age exists in all,” he wrote,Continue reading “On Aesthetic Nihilism, Part I & II”

Death Regimes

 Functionalist Doctrine The modern conceives of death beginning at death, unlike the others who understand that death begins before death. Death as a “discovery” of modernity, specific to the modern mind where death begins at death, generates within the mind the incapablity of believing that life goes on after death.  As a movement that derivesContinue reading “Death Regimes”

Gift (22:9)

      I. Introduction Gift (22:9) was an installation created for a local art event. The aim of the piece was to explore the idea of the gift as sheer giving without anticipation of reciprocity. From the write up on the piece, Deep down inside everyone of us believes that there is something moreContinue reading “Gift (22:9)”

Beyond Disjunction

In many places Dionysus the Areopagite hands down to us a theology by disjunction, that is, we approach God either affirmatively or negatively. But in this little book [Mystical Theology], where he wants to show mystical and secret theology in a likely way, he leaps beyond the disjunction up to combination and coincidence, that is,Continue reading “Beyond Disjunction”

Body Theology

“It is something of a modern habit of thought (strange to say) to conceive of the soul — whether we believe in the soul or not — as a kind of magical essence or ethereal intelligence indwelling a body like a ghost in a machine. That is to say, we tend to imagine the relationContinue reading “Body Theology”

Passages on the Violence of Metaphysics

  Passage I: Anthropophagy / a micro physics of power / instinctual atomism / materialism generalizing models of combination and exchange / a naturalization of the arbitrary, the aleatory and the contingent  / all is differential, textual, oppositional, decentred / “life” is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering, and narrated so that ontic difference is by necessityContinue reading “Passages on the Violence of Metaphysics”

Prior Givenness of the Light

Aesthetics: The continuum of difference is not, as Nietzsche’s taste (postmodernism) has it, a sublime of sheer agon – a chaosmos of force, power, expansion, suppression, ascent or acquisition. Rather, overturning the anthropophagy of Dionysus and therefore also the ontology of violence, one may rejects the aesthetics of power in the idea that ontic differenceContinue reading “Prior Givenness of the Light”

‘The Radical Question of Beauty’

“Theology’s interruption of the ‘history of nihilism’ was philosophy’s redemption, it’s healing, the fullest possible deepening of it’s openness to being, and indeed the infinite increase of it highest Eros. Within the environs of Christianity’s  narrative – Trinity, creation, Divine incarnation – the language of beauty could not but become even more important, and theContinue reading “‘The Radical Question of Beauty’”

The Anarchic Prodigality of Love

The World is a Catastrophe Moloch, Moloch everywhere. Ginsberg, you prophet in the wilderness. Ginsberg, who would also say, This is the one and the only firmament; therefore it is the absolute world. There is no other world. The circle is complete. I am living in Eternity. The ways of this world are the waysContinue reading “The Anarchic Prodigality of Love”

Nietzsche is Dead

“In the beginning was violence, according to Nietzsche – violence that was celebrated by the pagan virtues.8 Nietzsche and neo-Nietzscheans perceive reality as anarchy that cannot be controlled except by subjecting it to “the will to power” in one way or another.9 Nietzsche’s perception dictates that violence must be the master of us all andContinue reading “Nietzsche is Dead”