Nihilism: The Power of Ideas

Austin, TX

Date: April 23, 2022

"Over a hundred years ago, the German poet Heine warned the French not to underestimate the power of ideas: philosophical concepts nurtured in the stillness of a professor's study could destroy a civilization." -- Isaiah Berlin

"If there is no God, everything is prohibited."

“One withstands the invasion of armies; one does not withstand the invasion of ideas.” - Victor Hugo

Assigned reading:

"The Grand Inquisitor" in The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoevsky

Gertz, Nihilism

Christ confronting Satan:

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4

Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4

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