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Nihilism

By: Eugene (Fr. Seraphim) Rose
Narrated by: David A. Conatser
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Summary

“What does Nihilism mean?” wrote Friedrich Nietszche. “That the highest values are losing their value. There is no goal.... There is no truth, no ‘thing in itself.’ There is no answer to the question: ‘why?’”

In 1962, the young Eugene Rose - the future Hieromonk Seraphim - undertook to write a monumental chronicle of the abandonment of truth in the modern age. Of the hundreds of pages of materials he compiled for this work, only the present essay, on nihilism, has come down to us in completed form. Here Eugene reveals the core of all modern thought and life - the belief that all truth is relative - and shows how this belief has been translated into action in our era. Today, more than half a century after he wrote it, this essay is more timely than ever. It clearly explains why contemporary ideas, values, and attitudes - the “spirit of the age” - are shifting so rapidly in the direction of moral anarchy, as the philosophy of nihilism enters more deeply into the fiber of society. Nietszche was right when he predicted that the 20th century would usher in “the triumph of Nihilism”.

As the post-modern world of the 21st century has continued to sink ever further into relativism, this classic essay has continued to grow in popularity among those thirsting to understand the causes of the catastrophe that is rapidly overtaking Western societies.

©1994 St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (P)2021 St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

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Simply Amazing

Incredible and utterly eye-opening analysis of the root cause of the maladies of the modern world. This should be mandatory reading in educational institutions.
Absolutely a recommended read.

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  • 05-09-22

Reads very current

Fr Seraphim wrote over 60 years ago and refers to Bolshevism and Naziism but take away those monikers and he is describing current events, the seeds of which were laid in that time. A cautionary tale that all would do well to heed.

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  • J. Glemby
  • 11-08-22

A tremendous communicator not seen in recent time

In the tradition of Chesterton, lewis and abraham Kuyper, Fr.Rose communicates in terms of first principles...A excellent angle of seeing the dynamic s of the poisonous atmosphere of our times....
I only wished he addressed the deepest nihilism of the pantheism found in all new age spirituality in the chapter VITALISM...Here chesterton identifies this truly damaging thing...I found the chapter THE DESTROYERS chilling.,,,,, "the great reset "?..!!!We are in real trouble...
.That said, this is a essential work worthy of one's study
...p.s.
ALSO WONDERFULLY NARRATED..LOL..

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  • Sharp's
  • 16-02-22

Excellent Work!

Father Seraphim is a modern Saint. We need more of his works on audible!

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  • 17-08-22

ignore on pain of death or worse

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