In the comments to my post on philosophers and atheism, Matthew Anderson asks:
"Now, since Nietzsche, it does seem as if all prominent, post-Nietzschean philosophers are atheists."
Are you not including the American philosophical tradition in this statement? I'm curious what you mean by "prominent, post-Nietzchean philosophers": do by "post-Nietzchean" you mean 'respondants to Nietzche?'
See the chapter in The Closing of the American Mind entitled "From Socrates' Apology to Heiddeger's Rektoratsrede."
Heiddeger was *the* post-Nietzschean philosopher. And after N&H, according to Bloom, nihilism – the notion that there is no God, natural law and natural rights are fictions, and truth is relative – simply became accepted dogma in the philosophic academy.
Strauss called this a *crisis* in philosophy for the West, because it was a *Truth* that had been too exposed to the masses. And even though the masses weren't atheists, such atheistic philosophers got the masses to accept their relativistic and nihilistic tenets.
Now, yes there are post-Nietzsche, Thomistic philosophers who continue on to the present day. Likewise, with philosophers in the "American philosophical tradition," who like the Thomists posit Aristotelian notions of self-evident Truths that Man can discover from Reason.
Strauss and Bloom supported their defense of "Reason" and "self-evident Truths" and their desire to publicly reconcile Reason and Revelation and demonstrate that philosophy points to the existence of a Creator.
Privately, they believed Nietzsche had demolished their arguments. Just email someone like Brian Leiter and ask him his opinion about philosophy being able to "prove" the existence of God and whether we can also "prove" that the Declaration of Independence is as True as the principles of Euclidean geometry.
Strauss and Bloom also thought most of the atheist/nihilist postmodern philosophers (again, Leiter is a good example) weren't *serious* either, but for different reasons—thinkers like Sarte and Foucault. That's because they didn't fully grapple with the implications of the abyss.
Nihilism without the abyss—Nihilism American Style—is just a joke according to Bloom.