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Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age [Paperback]

Eugene Rose

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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong Christian approach to modern nihilistic thought 14 Oct 1999
By John J. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
I generally enjoyed this book. Although difficult to follow at times, Fr. Seraphim Rose does a good job of showing that Nihilism is in fact the root of modern revolutionary thought. He offers excellent Orthodox Christian responses to those who say, "There is no truth."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nihilism as the Cause of Modern Error. 3 Jun 2003
By zonaras - Published on Amazon.com
NIHILISH: ROOT OF THE REVOLOUTION OF THE MODERN AGE was written by Russian Orthodox monk, Eugene Rose, (a convert to Orthodox Christianity) in a San Fransisco basement during the 1960's. It is a small part of a much larger work that was never brought to fruitition--a text on the theme of man's war against God and His revealed Truth. The form of Truth discussed here concerns what is eternal, not worldly, what will bring life beyond death.
Nihilism's basic credos are "all truth is relative," and "there is no absoloute truth." This is in direct opposition to traditional Christian thought, and the two are diametrically opposed. Friedrich Nietzsche is identified as the prophet of nihilism. Nihilism, of course, has developed into different stages according to the degenerate process of modern society. Libralism is a form of nihilism (and I might add, the ascendant political theory in the US right now, either GOP or Democrat) which pretends to be Christian, but only in rhetoric and in its emotional appeals, and which at heart does not care about the truth. The second, Realism, tries to find the truth and sometimes "does," but Realism's truth-seeking automatically rejects Divine Revelation and thus goes off on hopeless philosophical and scientific tangents. Vitalism is the third form of nihilism, and in my opinion by far the most popular among average people, and the form I personally hate the most. Vitalism does not teach anything, just what the individual feels, and there is no search for truth, just "hot-tub" coziness with oneself and the mundane excitements of life. This is omnipresent in our popular culture and mentality right now: fast cars, violent movies, pseudo-worship of sex, "getting high", and complete ignorance of any higher spiritual truth or ideals. The Nihilism of Destruction is the final form, manifested in Nazism, Bolshevism, Marxism, Communism and Anarchism. They believe in open Satan-worship, and the destrution of anything that is standing in order to pave the way for a "new order." Lenin described it well, as "one factory, with one office." I disagree with Rose's assessment of Nazism, as the Third Reich might have brought a genuine reversal of modernity, and a return to traditional Western ideals. These nihilists of destrution are condemned by the less hard core (especially the liberals), but they represent rebellion against God taken to its most extreme form, without any false pretenses about "the dignity of man," and "universal brotherhood."
In the end, it is the Christians who are the true Nihilists. Christians keep their sights one the Etenal, and not the petty concerns of this world which were created by God out of nothing and will return to nothing at the end of time.
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