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#12: The Problem of Nihilism Thinking Christianly

    • Christianity

As we watch the invasion of Ukraine in horror, we wonder what could possess Putin to use force so ruthlessly and indiscriminately. At least part of the answer lies in a philosophy of life that runs back through many other despots and finds it roots in the writings on Nietzsche. In this episode, Stan and JP discuss how pervasive the philosophy of Nihilism has come to be in shaping our daily lives, from the individual to the global level.

In this podcast we discuss:



What is Nihilism?

Nihilism in the trajectory of history

How Nihilism follows from the rejection of objective values and meaning

How Fredrick Nietzsche and his ideas impact culture

What Ecclesiastes says about Nihilism

How to spot Nihilism in popular culture

The “Ubermensch” according to Nietzsche and in history

How the collapse of the grand narrative of Christianity in the West impacts the future

How to have a meaningful conversation with someone who accepts Nihilism

The importance of committing to understand ideas as ambassadors in our culture



Resources mentioned during our conversation:



The Book of Ecclesiastes (NIV)

More information on Hilary Putnum’s life and work

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

JP Moreland, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei: Human Persons and the Failure of Naturalism

Romans Chapter 8 (NASB)

George Weigel, “Europe’s Two Culture Wars”

S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson (Newline Cinema, 2012)Stan's article on Nihilism

As we watch the invasion of Ukraine in horror, we wonder what could possess Putin to use force so ruthlessly and indiscriminately. At least part of the answer lies in a philosophy of life that runs back through many other despots and finds it roots in the writings on Nietzsche. In this episode, Stan and JP discuss how pervasive the philosophy of Nihilism has come to be in shaping our daily lives, from the individual to the global level.

In this podcast we discuss:



What is Nihilism?

Nihilism in the trajectory of history

How Nihilism follows from the rejection of objective values and meaning

How Fredrick Nietzsche and his ideas impact culture

What Ecclesiastes says about Nihilism

How to spot Nihilism in popular culture

The “Ubermensch” according to Nietzsche and in history

How the collapse of the grand narrative of Christianity in the West impacts the future

How to have a meaningful conversation with someone who accepts Nihilism

The importance of committing to understand ideas as ambassadors in our culture



Resources mentioned during our conversation:



The Book of Ecclesiastes (NIV)

More information on Hilary Putnum’s life and work

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

JP Moreland, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei: Human Persons and the Failure of Naturalism

Romans Chapter 8 (NASB)

George Weigel, “Europe’s Two Culture Wars”

S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson (Newline Cinema, 2012)Stan's article on Nihilism

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