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Enlightenment Contradictions (re-dated)
December 12, 2008, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Atheism, Culture, Epistemology, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy


Enlightenment man decided he would throw off the shackles of tradition and community. He would boldly set off on a journey alone, with only his reason and his senses. He would begin with himself, and then construct a solid system of knowledge out from himself, and centered around himself. In this way he would finally set humanity free, ushering in a glorious new era of light and truth and peace.

Enlightenment man was the champion of the autonomous self, asserting itself no matter what anyone or any community thought about it. The rebel hero come to save us at last.

The thing is, enlightenment man found that what he thought was a bold exercise of his reason—and the long awaited freedom of the will from bondage to tradition—was just a series of chemical reactions firing off in a few organs within his body.

Enlightenment man looked with an empty grin at the bottle of Coke on his desk. It fizzed and popped. 

Enlightenment man did not kill God… enlightenment man killed himself.

Funny thing is, he still thinks he is man, even as his best and brightest tell him that he is only a trousered ape.

Enlightenment man sipped at his Coke.

Welcome to de-evolution, friends.  If you don’t know, you should know: humanism is now conservative and old-fashioned.


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I found you by way of some comments you put on HeatherAnn’s blog. In that comment you made some pretty intereresting references to Nietzsche, somebody who I just recently educated myself on. … well, that probably is an overstatement. I read his piece “Twilight of the Idols”. Anyhow, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts! :) If you’d be so kind … check it out HERE.

Ok, so thats how I FOUND you… but now that I have and have taken a peek at your blog, I also want to invite your input in to a very odd situation I find myself in. The two second version is that I’ve been a passionate follower of Christ my entire life … up until about 6 months ago, when my faith began to disappear right before my eyes. It scared me to death, I scrambled to maintain it… but it is now G~O~N~E.
… Thats really what got me started blogging.

I’m trying to think of a good spot to point you to if you have any iterest whatsoever in checking it out. Um, well, here is a link to a really extensive post on the subject. If would get you pretty up to speed if you want to be. Anyhow, the reason that I’m asking you to check it out is because I’ve read some of your stuff and like the way you think and write. I’m not too proud to ask for help. My faith has been destroyed. I’d appreciate any input you would care to share.


Comment by Miroslav

Great start man… Thanks!

Thank you for the input on Nietzsche. I’ll post my thoughts in the next day or so.

Please feel free to stop on by as often as you’d like. I’m adding you to my ultra-elite list of blogs I enjoy. … :)

Comment by Miroslav

Wouldn’t enlightenment man see, through reason, that humans need community? Why would he give up community, or do you see that as held only within the realm of faith?

Comment by Andrew

When I wrote this years ago, I suppose I had in mind the kind of rhetoric you find in folks like Kant and Hume and all the rest.

They all rejected community and tradition, in their own ways, didn’t they? I suppose tradition was the big enemy, and not without cause. But community must also be rejected because you can’t have one with out the other, right? Community and tradition are a package deal.

Comment by the.pilgrim

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