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”

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”

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’”

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”

The Flesh

I’ve been contemplating lately the idea of the ‘Flesh’ as a tendency of material that is mineralizing, bio-ing, crystallizing, depositioning (geologic) impressions: the Flesh as the tulmult materialization of nature. An art of the Flesh is a liturgy of becoming-matter. This idea of the Flesh is opposed to “vacuous actuality” (Whitehead) and may be calledContinue reading “The Flesh”

The Accident

  In the history of  art, the Accident was made subservient to an essentialist organization – for centuries, the Classical was the route towards beauty. But the varying and the irregular are more fundamental than any idealist or unchanging form: an asymmetrical multiplication,  a passionate movement where there is no rest, instead there is vitalityContinue reading “The Accident”