Sunday, May 27, 2007

E.M.Cioran on Mysticism

"It is a mistake to suppose that mysticism derives from a softening of the instincts, from a compromised vitality. A Luis of Leon, a John of the Cross crowned an age of great enterprises and were necessarily contemporaries of the Conquest. Far from being defectives, they fought for their faith, attacked God head on, appropriated heaven for themselves."

"The mystic reanimates and rehabilitates faith, threatens and undermines it as an intimate, providential enemy. Without him it would wither."

Cioran's life was tainted by fascist tendencies in his youth but he is an interesting writer.

He thought that Paul was a disaster for Christianity. I agree.

Among the critics of Paul the Apostle was Thomas Jefferson who wrote that Paul was the "first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus." 

The anti-semitic, misogynist strain in Christianity originated with him.

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