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”

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”

I Am Made of Catastrophes

  As both an embodied body and an abstract will I am headed towards catastrophe. Being is mortal. Death is the ultimate horizon, the condition of which being-there is no longer there. I want to be an authentic human being. It is essential to project my life onto the horizon of my death in orderContinue reading “I Am Made of Catastrophes”

Commitment

Even if life, meaning and the phenomenological experience itself will be eclipsed by the sun’s eventual blackening, I surpass this (nihilist) vision through the affirmation of the contingencies themselves: yes, everything will be subject to catastrophism, but the contingencies of life nevertheless exist or have existed and shall exist for some time into the future,Continue reading “Commitment”

Is the Body Obsolete? (On the Body, Woman & Nature)

The following is connected to my previous post Wither the Eye of the Flesh?, moving from the issue of disembodiment in metaphysics into the technological transhumanism and machine-culture, grafting each upon the other to explore nihilism’s apparent dispossession and displacement of the body. Specifically, in the case of the present post, it is the bodyContinue reading “Is the Body Obsolete? (On the Body, Woman & Nature)”

The Weary Nihilist

“A flesh that rots, decays, and dies.  We are beings that not only think being, but that are beings among beings.  What are we to do with that fleshiness of being, of existence; a fleshiness that endures entropy, that decays, that dies?  How can we redeem that flesh when we’ve abandoned all transcendent realms, allContinue reading “The Weary Nihilist”