Nihilism is Killing the West, says Atheist Philosopher

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan triumphantly reports that after the "shameful incident by the US soldiers stationed in Bagram, senior NATO and American officials expressed their deep apologies to the Muslim nation of Afghanistan and assured that such incidents will not happen again. NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible.." (In the Name of Allah: NATO Agrees to Allow Prosecution of Koran Burners ) NATO has agreed to both throw our troops to the wolves and force them to exist in submission to emotional tyrants. This most recent capitulation comes on the heels of another right here in America. Writing for "Human Events," John Hayward reports that,

"Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists, Inc., Mr. Ernest Perce V., was assaulted by a Muslim while participating in a Halloween parade. Along with a Zombie Pope, Ernest was costumed as Zombie Muhammad. The assault was caught on video, the Muslim man admitted to his crime and charges were filed in what should have been an open-and-shut case. That’s not what happened, though...Muslim judge Mark Martin ruled in favor of the assailant… and insulted the defendant for good measure." (US Judge rules Muslims have a right to assault people who offend them, )

For many long years atheists have been mocking, ridiculing and marginalizing Christians, Christian symbols (i.e., the cross), Christian morality, and Christian-based traditions. And fueled by an intensely burning hatred of Christian theism, very powerful Progressive atheist international 'elites' have even allied themselves with Islam in the insane notion that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

In other words, it is the international Progressive atheists who are responsible for aiding and abetting both the rapid spread of Islam throughout the West and here in America as well as empowering it through force of law. And because they are nihilists who believe in nothing but their own massively inflated egotism, contempt, and hatred, they willingly throw fellow atheists under the bus as well.

One who understands that nihilism is the West's primary danger is Andre Comte-Sponville, one of France's foremost contemporay philosophers. In his recent best-seller, "The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality" Sponville argues that to save the West from nihilism atheists such as himself ought to follow in Buddha's footsteps and invent a God-free spirituality. Of course Buddha understood that without the living God there is no source for life and being (soul and spirit), which logically means that man is nothing. This being the case there is no source for Sponville's spirituality either, which is why he must resort to inventing an imaginary spirituality out of nothing, meaning that his invention will be as nihilistic as Buddha's.

Though every page of Sponville's book speaks clearly of his inner conflicts, contradictory reasoning, and his fears, such as the terrifying fear of falling into the yawning abyss waiting just beneath his feet, Sponville nevertheless retains enough presence of mind to see that if, as with the international Progressive 'elite," we believe that nothing remains, "we might as well throw in the towel at once." (p. 29)

Sponville admits that the West is profoundly rooted in certain Greco-Roman ideas but more importantly in Judao-Christian metaphysics and traditions. And though Sponville does not want the Triune God to exist and is pleased that the West has become nonChristian, he paradoxically fears its emptiness--its nihilism---at the same time, asking "what remains of the Christian West when it ceases to be Christian?" (p. 28)

The answer of course is that when the West ceases to be Christian nothing will remain. There will be no common glue to hold Westerners together and nothing left worth living or dying for. The strangely twisted, suicidal atmosphere of our age is the "death of God" made tangible and it is Nietzsche who describes our meaningless, disordered, ugly, atonal, brutal, upside-down climate of nothingness:

"We have killed him (God), you and I! ...But how have we done it? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun? Whither does it now move? Whither do we move? ...Do we not dash on unceasingly? Backwards, sideways, forwards, in all directions? Is there still an above and below? Do we not stray...through infinite nothingness? Does not empty space breathe upon us? ...Does not night come on continually, darker and darker?" (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Eugene Rose, p. 108)

Such is the theater of the absurd in which there is neither up nor down, male nor female, right nor wrong, true nor false, normal nor abnormal because the living God is dead, and while America and the West drift aimlessly in "infinite nothingness" nihilism progressively dissolves the foundation of soul, mind, worth, morality, family, and individual liberty.

And this is the nihilism feared by Comte, who clearly perceives that it plays into the hands of radical Muslims, who without opposition will impose totalitarian Sharia on the West. Already Western nihilists have essentially surrendered large areas of W. Europe to Muslims. They are allowing a mosque to be built at the Twin Towers site, and they now agree that American soldiers can be prosecuted for burning a Koran.

The West's and America's international Progressive 'elite' are conscienceless nihilists. And nihilistic barbarism said Comte:

"...has no program, no ideal, no ideology. It has no need of these things. Its advocates believe in nothing; they know only violence and egotism, contempt and hatred. They are prisoners of their own instincts, their own stupidity and lack of culture, and slaves to what they think of as their freedom. They are...mercenaries of the void." (p. 25)

Believing in nothing but their own willful egotism, contempt and hate, nihilists at every level of Western society find themselves helpless to oppose radical Islam on one side and their own nihilism on the other.

The cure offered by Comte is just more nihilism. What is needed is an army of rock-solid believers in Jesus Christ. Only a people of abiding faith and deeply-held moral conviction, a people willing and able to live and die for their faith, are capable of standing against nihilism and radical Islam.

@Linda Kimball