Agnosis: Theology in the Void (George Pattison)

IAGO I am not what I am. Shakespeare, Othello, I.I. FOOL Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle? LEAR Why no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing. Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4. It appeared to a man as in a dream – it was a waking dream – that he became pregnant with…

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Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

Superstition is more than just believing in fiction. It’s a dangerous incubator for cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and warped perceptual filters. Most of all, superstition cuts us off from experiencing the sublime and engaging in deep introspection. We deal with Christian superstition, from the notions of eternal damnation to the idea of a personal Jesus…

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“How different really are atheists and believers?” (Costica Bradatan)

The Washington Post, November 16, 2018 Costica Bradatan is a professor of humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author, most recently, of “Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers.” ‘If you want to understand atheism and religion,” writes John Gray in his new book, “Seven Types of Atheism,” “you must forget…

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“Tears and Saints versus The Evil Demiurge” (Mara Magda Maftei-Bourbonnais)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue. Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016. [PDF] Abstract: Even if it is difficult to judge whether Cioran was an atheist in everyday life or not (i.e. quite an uninteresting issue after all), researchers cannot ignore the relationship Cioran had with God in his written discourse. This…

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“Insomnolent Anathemas – E.M. Cioran’s Unbelieving Gift to Theology” (Philip G. Ziegler)

Theology Today, 75(3), 391-398 Abstract: Over several decades during the second half of the last century, the Romanian-born Parisian intellectual, E.M. Cioran penned a series of uneasy works whose despondent obsession with God is matched only by their utter disavowal of the reality of the divine. Wrestling pessimistically with nihilism in world forged by chronic insomnia,…

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“The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016 [Full text] Abstract: The paper deals with some of the main characteristics of Cioran’s philosophical work and suggests a clear point of view on the so-called pessimistic attitude on life the writer is believed to have constructed. Moreover, the problem…

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“Human Progress Is a Lie: an interview with John Gray” (Johannes Niederhauser)

VICE Magazine, Mar 28 2013 Yes, we have drones and vaccines, but that doesn’t mean civilisation is progressing. Haven’t we humans come such a long way? In the past 200 years alone we’ve managed to abolish slavery (by moving it to the sweatshops of the Third World), rid our lives of industrial pollution (by moving…

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“Falling into Salvation in Cioran” (Joseph Acquisto)

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 2, 2014. Abstract: While, at first glance, there seems to be very little room in the thought of E.M. Cioran for the notion of salvation, a closer look reveals that Cioran returns constantly to the vocabulary and the concept of redemption. This article…

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“Notes on nothing: an inquiry into nihilism in Cioran’s thought and works” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

Anale. Seria Drept, volumul XXVI (2017) la editura Mirton Timisoara, ISSN 1582-9359 Abstract: Cioran is often labeled as a “nihilist”, which is to a great extent the result of his equivocal ties with Friedrich Nietzsche, one of his main youth influences. However, nihilism does not constitute a key notion in Cioran’s writings, and neither does the…

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“The category of the religious in Cioran’s discourse” (Rodrigo Inácio R. Sá Menezes)

ANALE SERIA DREPT, Universitatea Tibiscus, Timișoara, Romania, n° XXV, 2016, p. 49-80. Abstract: We aim at demonstrating the hermeneutic plausibility of reading Cioran as a heterodox religious thinker, a hypothesis that sits comfortably well alongside the assumption of him being a secular spirit–one with a concern for religious matters and an appeal for some ever-problematic…

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