September 11, Our Eternal Recurrence

It is fifteen years and it feels like this morning. Our national holiday of remembrance of shock and horror and helplessness. We continue to create monuments for the dead and for ourselves. We keep asking God and about God, but we understand there are no answers, because we keep creating objects. We keep creating actions. […]

Just Like Heaven [Nietzsche vs. Kierkegaard Knife Fight Edition]

On the Afterworldly (a reading from Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra) How is Heaven like a hospital? It is the place where the sick go to get well when they die. Such a terrible thing to say! The sick are supposed to be healed and free from illness when they go to Heaven. But this is […]

We played a flute for you, you did not dance. We sang dirge, you did not mourn.

It can be easier to learn, to retain information in cadence. Rhythms offer repetition. A kind of re-membering, reattaching significance to each other and to ourselves. Gilgamesh, Iliad, Odyssey, Job, Aeneid, Metamorphoses. These are all poems, all ancient stories. These are also all religious poems. Gods are everywhere. And they interact with humans. There is […]

Troubled Sleep

The Academic Chairs of Virtue (Today’s Reading) What is virtue? Does anyone know anymore? Socrates, in Meno, attempts to define it and cannot. He determines that it is recollected by the soul rather than taught by an instructor. Arete, excellence – this is the Greek word for virtue. And what is the difference between virtue, itself, and […]

The Lenten Nietzsche begins. “On The Three Metamorphoses”

Over the years, I have worked on a collection of (un)timely essays, Lenten reflections upon Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, his anti-gospel. Surprising to some, Nietzsche is often a favorite “atheologian” for those of us trained in the theological arts. The son of a preacher man (a Lutheran pastor), Nietzsche knew his Christianity well, having […]