The Death of Desire

Anthony Weber —  March 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

“‘If God is dead, all is permitted,’ Dostoevsky said. 

Westerners, particularly Protestant Westerners, instinctively translate that into a statement about authority.  If God is dead, there are no rules, no laws, to keep us in check. But Protestants, especially, should see the folly of that conclusion.  Law never kept anyone in check anyway – Paul taught us that. 

Dostoevsky was more likely talking about desire.  If God is dead, there is no final object of desire, no final and full satisfaction, no magnet of infinite good toward which we are drawn.  If God is dead, desire has no direction or order, but goes every which way.  If God is dead, everything can seem desirable, and so can nothing.”

– Peter J. Leithart, in Touchstone

Anthony Weber


Anthony graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a degree in English Education, and from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy. Anthony is a husband and father of three, an author ("Learning to Jump Again"), high school and college teacher, pastor, blogger (,, and co-founder of etcetera, a "street-level philosophy group" in Traverse City, Michigan.