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Published:November 2nd, 2009 13:20 EST
Nihilism and its Cultural Implications Part III

Nihilism and its Cultural Implications Part III

By Sean Beelzebul

Nihilism and its Cultural Implications Part III

                Part II our analysis of early Platonic allegory and philosophical fallacy, led us to the conclusion that Plato`s early work was nihilistic.  Indeed, Plato commits many great errors in his early work that suggest that the beings and concepts he denotes are lacking ontological status and linguistic referents. Meaning they denote things that do not exist "they are nihilism. In this part of the series, we will discuss the spread of Platonic ideas in religion and unveil hidden nihilism.

                Plato`s message was initially modified according to the late theories and was made into a wholesome ideology. Plotinus and the neo-Platonists adopted an ideal of universal oneness akin to the Parmenides. However, when Christianity arrived the Platonic ideals which were most thoroughly alike with the religion were those of the early dualistic conception.  Christianity was a religion of not only Jewish birth, but of Zoroastrian, and Platonism from Greece. Later on it was turned loose by the Romans. This particular genealogy would take up more space than this article can provide so we will focus on the Greek and Roman aspect. The writings of the New Testament  bear an uncanny resemblance to many aspects of Platonic philosophy. Think of the Logos of John the Evangelist, or the fact that it was constructed by Roman officials at the Council of Nicaea.

The main Platonic influence is evident in St. Paul. St. Paul`s work is riddled with statements against enjoying the passions of the flesh, and the love of the body itself. Nietzsche`s Thus Spake Zarathustra alludes to Paul`s ilk in the chapter The Despisers of the Body. " This distancing from the corporeal world we see in St. Paul is much like the Platonic theory of forms. In the Phaedo Plato describes the nature of the soul as an eternal entity united with the forms, the body is subordinate to this eternal soul which transmigrates to other planes, like Hades as the book depicts. Yes, the Phaedo even describes the existence of the river Styx. Even if this was supposed to be metaphorical, the premises are still invalid, namely that the soul is eternal and transmigrates to different planes in a stasis. Considering a stasis is simply not the way entropy and the physical laws of the universe allow for, this presupposition is a nothing more than a ridiculous fiction and thus nihilism. The Pauline Christian should be familiar with these Platonic ideals, as they strongly resemble St. Paul`s arguments for becoming Christian based on faith and fear. Pauline Christianity, which promises so much splendor in a Platonist inspired afterlife is a clever form of nihilism. It should be evident by now that if St. Paul`s arguments truly parallel those of Plato`s already established fallacies, then St. Paul`s work is also nihilism. Yet, it`s truly different than Plato. As a religion, Paul`s hidden nihilism is disguised as something that is wholesome and good. Platonism is not a religion, but Christianity, a religion is a Platonism for the people "hidden nihilism.

 

Nihilism and its Cultural Implications Part II

Nov 1, 2009 ... As we have discovered in part I of the series, nihilism literally means belief in nothing. However, when nihilism is used to classify a ...

Nihilism and its Cultural Implications part I An overview and definition of Nihilism plus a preliminary example of its scope and usage.