Can Brazil Survive Bolsonaro? | The Economist

Since coming to power President Jair Bolsonaro has shaken democracy, accelerated deforestation in the Amazon and played down the danger of the coronavirus pandemic, with calamitous results. Could Brazil survive another four years of his leadership? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-QVa7Wb6QI Idolaters by instinct, we convert the objects of our dreams and our interests into the Unconditional History is… Continue lendo Can Brazil Survive Bolsonaro? | The Economist

“Marcion of Synope’s relevance in the contemporary world vis- à-vis religious violence” (G. Andrade)

Acta theologica, vol. 38, n.2, Bloemfontein, 2018 ABSTRACT Marcion of Synope has long been considered a heretic by all Christian churches. He is frequently grouped with the Gnostic trends of Early Christianity, although this is not entirely accurate. While he made a handsome financial contribution to the Church of Rome, he was eventually excommunicated. Yet, even if his doctrines… Continue lendo “Marcion of Synope’s relevance in the contemporary world vis- à-vis religious violence” (G. Andrade)

“Neo-Nazis are claiming Nietzsche as their own, but what does his philosophy really say?” (David Rutledge)

ABC News, Saturday 20, October 2018 Richard Spencer — coiner of the phrase 'alt-right' — infamously yelled "Hail, Trump! Hail, our people! Hail, victory!" at a gathering shortly after the US presidential election in 2016. He elicited cheers and Hitler salutes from the crowd of like-minded patriots. But he also provoked derisive laughter from some liberal observers, who… Continue lendo “Neo-Nazis are claiming Nietzsche as their own, but what does his philosophy really say?” (David Rutledge)

De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Liberty (Joseph Acquisto)

"Freedom is the supreme good only for those animated by the will to heresy." Cioran, Syllogismes de l'amertume * The high stakes of any modern or contemporary discussion of original sin immediately become apparent: quickly divorced from questions of belief, original sin becomes the base of a political theology that veers toward tyranny. The authoritarian conclusions fall back, however,… Continue lendo De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Liberty (Joseph Acquisto)

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