“[In religion] ethics is not something you should stick to against temptation. The ethical, as such, is the temptation. Which is why..this crazy leap of faith into the religious can..appear, to external observers, as merely aesthetic..regression.” – Slavoj Zizek – Philosophy and Scripture – “Once..you opt for the ethical, from within the ethical the only step toward the religious is, often in its appearance, a regression towards the aesthetic. ..The ethical is sheer interpretation itself.” – S.Zizek

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creatio ex nihilo implies
… “the emergence of
all things from the …
nothingness of God.”

The “nothingness” is
the nothingness …
(that is) God himself,
i.e., creatio ex nihilo
implies that a thing
appears “out of no-
where,” and is not
caused by an identi-
fiable ground.

S. Zizek [on how Christianity already anticipates atheism, thus Zizek is not opposed to Christianity, insofar as it already knows more about nothingness than a too vulgar, too direct version of atheism would. This existentialist side of Christianity becomes apparent in Kierkegaard’s thinking. For him, doubt about God’s existence is part of the experience of religion. One could see in this step already the insight about how religion as a human quest of questioning existence does not necessarily have to arrive at certainty or at somethingness. Religion sublates itself, it is about nothingness and somethingness on equal terms.]

we … are trapped in a “sickness unto death”

anxiety is our a priori condition

our existence is radically torn

For Kierkegaard … the Christian “paradox” resides in the breathtakingly traumatic fact that … strife is integral to the very heart of God himself, that God is the greatest rebel against himself, that he himself has to turn atheist and blasphemer.

The paradox is not that finite oppositions coincide in the infinity of the Absolute

the Absolute itself has to take upon itself the pain of Difference.

s. zizek