This may come as a shock to you but this essayist finds the idea of neo-nazism not only a valid response to modernity but also an enviable one. Of course, the ideology they purport to live by is reprehensible, Nazism being responsible for the oppression of minority groups by displacement, torture and outright extermination in … Continue reading In defence of Neo-Nazism (and other fantasies)
The incursion of modernity upon civilisation brought along with its many benefits a crisis of identity for the human being. This crisis of identity, generally speaking, can be divided in its fragmentation of the human’s ability to perceive one’s self through introspection and extrospection. That is to say, how one harmonises oneself within the chaos … Continue reading Modernism & the Human Mosaic
Rebecca Goldstein presents the following cosmological argument, as an alteration of St. Thomas Aquinas' Second Way: Everything that exists must have a cause (Premise) (Therefore) The universe must have a cause (From 1) Nothing can be the cause of itself. (Premise) (Therefore) The universe cannot be the cause of itself. (From 3) (Therefore) Something outside … Continue reading Can Aquinas’ Second Way be improved?
John Leslie Mackie, as part of his overarching problem of evil argument, discusses the possible rebuttal that the universe containing some evil is better than it could be if it had none. Mackie dismisses this claim through assigning general goods and evils to an ordered system, the conclusion of that system which Mackie argues displays … Continue reading The Problem of John Leslie Mackie’s Problem of Evil
Christianity and paganism appear alongside each other in the poem of Beowulf. The relationship in the text between these two seemingly incompatible belief systems. The poem of Beowulf is unique in being composed in a period of history roughly placed between paganism and Christianity. As a logical reflection of this context, the content of the … Continue reading Christianity and Paganism in Beowulf
Faithless's 1998 hit, asserted that God is a DJ - but does DJ'ing require the attainment of divine power? After all, it is simply moving from one state into another. This is the illogical and paradoxical manoeuvre that a DJ must undertake every time they pull off a mix. But how could it possibly be … Continue reading God is a DJ
Melancholy dominates the emotional mood throughout “Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard” by the poet Thomas Gray, which is appropriate for the genre of elegy. However, though the requisite of mourning is present, ancient elegies are sung for fallen heroes or great beauties that are the subject of epics and myths — and not the … Continue reading Melancholia: An analysis of Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard by Thomas Gray