“The Devil Reassured” – CIORAN

Why is God so dull, so feeble, so inadequately picturesque? Why does He lack interest, vigor, actuality and resemble us so little? Is there any image less anthropomorphic and more gratuitously remote? How could we have projected into Him lights so dim and powers so unsteady? Where have our energeis leaked away to, where have… Continue lendo “The Devil Reassured” – CIORAN

“The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

It would be hard to find a more striking statement of a Gnostic world-view than this: Behind the counterfeit universe lies God … It is not a man who is estranged from God; it is God who is estranged from God. He evidently willed it this way at the beginning, and has never since sought… Continue lendo “The Revelation of Philip K. Dick” – John GRAY

“Cioran, Bach, God, and Isabelle Huppert’s Endless Je Ne Sais Quoi” – Teia BRÎNZĂ

Capital Cultural, România, 11/06/2018 In 2001, the legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert showed up at Cannes dressed in a vaporous black dress and with a temporary tattoo. The black lettering spanning across her arms and back read a quote from Emil Cioran: Dieu peut remercier Bach, parce que Bach est la preuve de l’existence de Dieu*.… Continue lendo “Cioran, Bach, God, and Isabelle Huppert’s Endless Je Ne Sais Quoi” – Teia BRÎNZĂ

“Twilight of the Gods” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

What should we say to the antimodernist hysteria that has been blazing for centuries, now that it alleges that the human being would like to “become like God”? And if the answer were that, according to basic Christian doctrine, God wanted to become human, should anyone be surprised then that humans’ certainty of their distinguished… Continue lendo “Twilight of the Gods” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

“Living without belief or unbelief” – John GRAY

The God of monotheism did not die, it only left the scene for a while in order to reappear as humanity – the human species dressed up as a collective agent, pursuing its self-realization in history. But, like the God of monotheism, humanity is a work of the imagination. The only observable reality is the… Continue lendo “Living without belief or unbelief” – John GRAY

“Jacob’s struggle with the angel” – Alec WILKINSON

THE NEW YORKER, June 15, 2015 The passage that recurs in my life is that of Jacob wrestling the angel. For many artists, it is a metaphor for the struggle to subdue one’s talent so that it collaborates with one’s ambitions to create.  I cannot separate the Bible from my father. In the middle of… Continue lendo “Jacob’s struggle with the angel” – Alec WILKINSON

“The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

BERDYAEV.COM Several times already I have written in the pages of “Put’” about Lev Shestov. But here is a demand to speak otherwise about him, and to honour his memory. Lev Shestov was a philosopher, who philosophised with all his being, and for whom philosophy was not an academic specialisation, but rather a matter of… Continue lendo “The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

“Indirect death: ennui and void” (Mircea Lăzărescu)

Romanian Journal of Artistic Creativity, New York, Summer 2015, vol III, no. 2 (10). The questions that Emil Cioran asks time and again could be phrased like: What was God doing before creating the world, time and man? What does God do when he leaves man all alone in the world? What does God do… Continue lendo “Indirect death: ennui and void” (Mircea Lăzărescu)

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

“The problem of the absent God” – John WEIGHTMAN

The New York Times, May 23, 1976 These two books are almost twins, although at first sight they may appear very remote from each other, since they emerge from very different cultural backgrounds. Both authors are now in their early sixties and use French as their literary language, though it is not in the full… Continue lendo “The problem of the absent God” – John WEIGHTMAN