Friday, October 7, 2022

God is Dog

Savaronola by Fra Bartolomeo

Religion is much criticized because it purports to judge. Most religions present a catechism to which the individual either conforms or rebels. The anarchist or nihilist who claims he or she believes in nothing derives an exhilaration, even a feeling of transcendence that  in their rebellion against established sets of mores to which the righteous individual accedes. These latter individuals become exemplars or powers of example whose high standards of morality set the tempo of an age. In the most extreme form the man of God is a Savonarola, a destructive martinet whose belief becomes a cudgel. Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor attempts to bring Christ to justice. The Enlightenment was like water to the Wicked Witch. Reason belied mysticism. By the l9th century, scientism was producing what Max Weber termed “disenchantment.” How to reconcile the crimes of self-appointed guardians of ethics with a human desire for transcendence?  The notion that nothing is unknowable is as procrustean as that of subservience to an irrational force or higher power. By definition, idea of God is not in the ken of man. It can neither be asserted nor denied.

read "An Incident of Defenestration" by Francis Levy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

and watch the animation of Erotomania

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