Artheism: Monotheism and Texts

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The Quranic text is the quintessence of Middle Eastern monotheism. It represents the first and final victory of the written over the spoken.

The biblical Moses made an unsuccessful attempt to overcome the sacrosanct spoken word. He failed both as a writer and as a preserver. The calf could not be overpowered, and Moses himself was overwritten.  With no charisma of his own, for his spoken word was incomplete, the OT writers introduced through monotheism and for the first time in history the concept of the author and the manuscript. Neither was germane to their era, the mighty author chose wandering and loss for his text. Just the idea that a man takes a tablet to an author in order to deliver holy commandments was revolutionary for their time. The author and the manuscript were too advanced to overwrite the spoken word.

Christianity was the major landmark of this failure. It “overspoke” the text and reverted to the golden calf. The author was replaced by the godhead and the manuscript was disseminated to a point where contradicting views could hold water. Weak, the author forsook his text, for he was forced to accept the depravity as well as the supremacy of the spoken word. Christianity not only declared the failure of Moses but replaced him with an authorless speech.

Mohammed was the Mithraic hero who defeated the bull by writing his own absence. The bull lost in absentia, and the stele doesn’t show the hero either. The text that Mohammed inaugurated referred to his own absence and reformed the manuscript, in order for the non-being to be accepted as an author.  The non-being is not an absence but a different form of presence; in absolute terms absence is presence. You have to read everything, even the parts that you can’t see, for no one is entitled to overlook the unwritten. The Quranic text overwrote absence itself and disseminated the sacrosanct over the profane.

The written is not only the text, but destiny and commandments. The written takes over time and space. The first verse announced by Mohammed was an order to read. The manuscript matters more than just the author, for there is no author to speak of. Moses’ mission was rehearsed, but successfully. Mohammed rewrote the author in order to reintroduce him as a scribe. The Text finally revealed overwrote both of them, and floated as an independent form of expression. Being emerged as a text.

The Artheist would follow these steps and overwrite the author and the world. He would not kill the author, for we could never have a corpse, and because the author was overwritten himself by his own text long ago. Muslims tend to overlook being in favor of the attributes.

Overwriting is not a Derridean deconstruction. The metatext would not be declared dead, it would be overwritten.


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