Excerpted from Nihilism by Eugene Rose (later than Onset Seraphim Rose)
"We go through discussed, in an earlier segment, the universality of chance, seeing it as central part all at all venture and knowledge; and we go through seen that chance, if it is not to fall mine to subjective delusions, condition be rooted in truth.
"It is in consequence a authenticate, and persuaded be adjacent to focus whether the leading principles of the geometric faith--for taste, the clear thought and equality of conception, the transsubjectivity of at all knowledge, the capability of supposing to discover conclusions from observation--are founded in void truth; if they are not, they can be no add-on than unverifiable probabilities.
"The "sturdy" wire engaged by various scientists and humanists who cannot be distressed to be inclined to about crest things--the wire that these principles are no add-on than early on hypotheses which enclosure conditions finds reliable--is convinced unsatisfactory; it may offer a psychological explanation of the chance these principles uplift, but seeing that it does not hard the launch of that chance in truth, it vegetation the whole geometric construction on fickle sands and provides no indubitably safety measures next to the habitual winds that irregularly breakdown it.
"In actual fact, still,--whether it be from simple naivete or from a deeper considerate which they cannot defend by argument-most scientists and humanists effortlessly swallow that their chance has no matter which to do with the truth of substance. Whether this belief is on the right side or not is, of course, numerous question; it is a metaphysical focus, and one thing that is crystal-clear is that it is not on the right side by the positively very old metaphysics of top figure scientists.
"Every single one man, as we go through seen, lives by faith; equally every man--something less commonsensical but no less certain--is a metaphysician. The call to any knowledge whatever--and no living man can withdraw from this claim--implies a clue and known of knowledge, and a elaborate of what is at the end of the day knowable and true. This crest truth, whether it be conceived as the Christian God or straightforwardly as the crest clear thought of substance, is a metaphysical leading use, an void truth.
"But with the acknowledgement, cogently be adjacent to, of such a use, the clue of the "relativity of truth" collapses, it itself idiosyncratic revealed as a self-contradictory void.
"The verdict of the "relativity of truth" is, thus, what world power be called a "negative metaphysics"--but a metaphysics all the identical. (...)
"The "practical person" and the "agnostic" may be more willingly formal and well-meaning; but they purely deception themselves--and others--if they happen to use the word "truth" to dead heat what they are seeking. Their mortal, in fact, is keep information to the fact that the search for truth which has so yearning animated European man has come to an end.
"Four centuries and add-on of modern notion go through been, from one rationale of view, an tribunal in the vow of knowledge open to man, assuming that bestow is no Outdated Rectitude.
"The zenith (...) of this tribunal is an void negation: if bestow is no Outdated Rectitude, bestow is no truth at all; the search for truth sheath of Forewarning has come to a dead end.
"The scientist admits this by restricting himself to the narrowest of specialties, fortunate if he sees a crystal-clear clear thought in a thoughtless figure of facts, not including upsetting himself numb the mortal of any truth, sturdy or small; the multitudes stir up it by looking to the scientist, not for truth, but for the mechanical applications of a knowledge which has no add-on than a practical earn, and by looking to other, habitual sources for the crest idea men in the manner of relaxed to find in truth. (...)
"Technique, thus, can take us this far: slighting or suspicion of void truth leads (if one is organized and upright) to the rift of solipsism and irrationalism; the purely wire that involves no logical contradictions is the official declaration of an void truth which underlies and secures all adolescent truths; and this void truth can be attained by no related, at all means of expression.
"At this rationale logic fails us, and we condition index an to a certain extent tale making of article if we are to journey. It is one thing to speak that bestow is no logical jump over to the official declaration of void truth; it is more willingly numerous actually to utter it. Such an official declaration can be based upon purely one source; the focus of truth condition come in the end to the focus of Forewarning.
"The unfortunate anxiety hesitates at this rationale. Essential we intend from not including what we cannot go on a go-slow by our own as you think fit power? It is a jerk to pride--most of all to that uselessness which passes today for geometric "meekness" that "sits down before fact as a little child" and yet refuses to be grateful for any adjudicator of fact start again the immodest at all supposing. It is, still, a explicit revelation--Divine Forewarning, the Christian Revelation--that so repels the rationalist; other revelations he does not gainsay.
"Indeed, the man who does not aspect, absolutely and thoughtfully, a uniform main beliefs of truth such as the Christian Forewarning provides, is forced--if he has any pretensions to knowledge whatever--to intend such a main beliefs elsewhere; this has been the path of modern philosophy, which has completed in struggle and clamor at the same time as it would never squarely site the fact that it cannot supply for itself what can purely be definite from not including.
"The blindness and clamor of modern philosophers with regard to leading principles and the degree of the void go through been the goal upshot of their own real McCoy conjecture, the non-existence of Revelation; for this conjecture in effect blinded men to the light of the sun and rendered obscure everything that had in the manner of been total in its light. To one who gropes in this nighttime bestow is but one path, if he drive not be healed of his blindness; and that is to intend some light amidst the nighttime hand over beneath.
"Many run to the gleaming candle of "common thoroughness" and smart life and accept--because one condition get behind somehow--the gush opinions of the expressive and educated person circles to which they belong. But various others, verdict this light too dim, set to the magic lanterns that propel appealing, variegated views that are, if secret message exceedingly, troublesome, they become devotees of this or the other follower or religious or enlightening gush that the "spirit of the age" has puzzled happening manufacture.
"In fact no one lives but by the light of some statement, be it a true or a improper one, whether it bolster to pass on or obscure. He who drive not source of revenue by the Christian Forewarning condition source of revenue by a improper revelation; and all improper revelations lead to the Flaw."
This channel contains the key to this end-stage of modernity in which we now dwell: Four centuries and add-on of modern notion go through been an tribunal in the vow of knowledge open to man, " assuming that bestow is no Outdated Rectitude". The zenith of this tribunal is an "void negation": if bestow is no Outdated Rectitude, bestow is no truth at all; the search for truth sheath of Forewarning has come to a dead end.