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Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age

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Book by Rose, Seraphim, Rose, Eugene
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by St Herman Press
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Oct 09, 2008 Dorothea rated it it was amazing
When I read this it pissed me off so much I threw it against a wall.
Andrew Calderon
This book has smatterings of nuanced ideas that stem from Rose's fertile and erudite exposition on Nihilism as a sociological, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual phenomenon of the 19th & 20 century.

What lingered in my mind was this claim: modern man necessarily disavows organized religion (Christianity; Judaism; Hinduism; Islam) when he accepts or creates and accepts as true a metaphysical claim that is relative, subjective, manmade, or does not rest on its separation from human th
Purnacandra Sivarupa
Setting aside the author's Christian exclusivism, this essay (an extract from what was originally projected to be a much larger book, never completed) is one of the best I've seen for pointing out the very real emptiness of the modern model of humanity and human life. The author's passionate voice reveals his deep conviction, but at no point gives way to mere fanaticism or shallow histrionics. Especially for the Perennialist or Traditionalist, this book has a lot of gold to mine.
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More profoundly, Nihilist "simplification" may be seen in the universal prestige today accorded the lowest order of knowledge, the scientific, as well as the simplistic ideas of men like Marx, Freud, and Darwin, which underlie virtually the whole of contemporary thought and life.
Ephraim Lawson Bowick
Not his best. This work was penned the year Eugene (later Fr. Seraphim) Rose was received in the Church.
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An excellent book by the late Fr. Seraphim Rose. This was written before Rose became a monk and was more philosophically oriented.
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Seraphim Rose, born Eugene Dennis Rose, was a hieromonk of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in the United States, whose writings have helped spread Orthodox Christianity throughout modern America and the West. They have also been widely read in Russia. Although not formally canonized as of 2008, he is venerated by some Orthodox Christians as a saint in iconography, liturgy, and prayer.
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“Atheism, true 'existential' atheism burning with hatred of a seemingly unjust or unmerciful God, is a spiritual state; it is a real attempt to grapple with the true God.… Nietzsche, in calling himself Antichrist, proved thereby his intense hunger for Christ.” 45 likes
“What, more realistically, is this “mutation,” the “new man”? He is the rootless man, discontinuous with a past that Nihilism has destroyed, the raw material of every demagogue’s dream; the “free-thinker” and skeptic, closed only to the truth but “open” to each new intellectual fashion because he himself has no intellectual foundation; the “seeker” after some “new revelation,” ready to believe anything new because true faith has been annihilated in him; the planner and experimenter, worshipping “fact” because he has abandoned truth, seeing the world as a vast laboratory in which he is free to determine what is “possible”; the autonomous man, pretending to the humility of only asking his “rights,” yet full of the pride that expects everything to be given him in a world where nothing is authoritatively forbidden; the man of the moment, without conscience or values and thus at the mercy of the strongest “stimulus”; the “rebel,” hating all restraint and authority because he himself is his own and only god; the “mass man,” this new barbarian, thoroughly “reduced” and “simplified” and capable of only the most elementary ideas, yet scornful of anyone who presumes to point out the higher things or the real complexity of life.” 9 likes
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