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The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Anti-Christ (1888)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Waldheri: Similar because: both anti-religious writings, concentrating on Christianity, of which both contend their unnatural doctrines. Both have humour and readable in one sitting.

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An intense and damning work - one not to be caught reading in public where I live.

A fearsome, angry, snarl against Christianity, as it was at the time. Rails and rambles against the decadence and nihilism of Christianity, of weakness, of parasitism, of the promise of eternal life, the corruption of the Church and priesthood, and of the evils justified by religion. It is a means for which the weak can resent and dominate or refuse the strong, or the ways of the world, as he says.

As for Jesus? A misguided redeemer, who promised "The kingdom of god is within you", and perhaps the only true Christian.

This is not exactly a book one can read, and put aside, and say, "That was interesting. On to the next one." It stays with you - as madness or as a spark of genius.

As a side note, my copy was translated by H. L. Mencken, also famous for his acidic style and critique of American religion. A funny historical coincidence.

Recommended for Hyperboreans. ( )
1 vote HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book was actually a bit dull for me, although it did introduce me to the word "huggermugger".

So I'll be using that one a bit. ( )
  phlll | Feb 22, 2013 |
It is possible to see this as too aristocratic. After all, 'Or can any teach God knowledge? Seeing as he judges those which are high.'

But for all that, here is hot fury and cold steel, and it cuts deep...

And, of course, it would be easy to draw facile comparisons between him and the 'New Atheists'--Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris--and it's been done; but that's just comparing children with a grown-up.

Each one of them is--Smart Like A Moron! Though I suppose they're sure clever, since stupid people say so.

After all, it's not like the Pharisees and the dictionary freaks (of monkish habit) are going to find the answer. They're as lost as Hitler!

And, if anyone's wondering, Was Nietzsche German? I doubt it. ("These Germans are my enemies" he says! And he also sings the praises of Imperial Rome for almost the *sole* reason of wanting to shame his smart-like-a-moron countrymen.) Indeed, it was his cross to be so surrounded by the plague of Victorian Germanic-Teutonic introverted losers which had so infected and deformed the Europe of his day. Far more real of an infection than whatever dream of "Eastern Jews" that the Nazis used to fret of...like wrestlers with the sensibilities of snobs: "Eastern Jews! (Uneducated)!" Yet those old German military-academic scientists were the real 'life unworthy of life', as the Nazis used to say.

God! useless weak people, always trying to bully everyone. Like one of those two-and-a-half pound dogs that always wants to fight...

Although I like the ones that are too grand to fight even better. They go through life with their eyes safely shut, and if they provoke you, they'll never admit it, because their eyes are too weak to see you or your concerns, their eyes are too weak to even see their feet, although at least they have their conceit, even if they are too fat to reach their feet. And too grand, of course, to even want to.

But whatever fools say, there is never anything wrong with wanting to be a little noble, no matter how low-born you are.

So let them say of thee, that he, 'adventured his life far'.

Or else is she, 'wild for to hold, though I seem tame'.

But what do they know of life, who live as the dead? So rest in your conceit, Christians, for your sin rests on you.

For, after all, they have no sense of correctness, only of conceit, and the privilege of little lords who are too lazy to do any work: so what is more weak than that? And jealousy of anything capable of real kindness and generosity: did they think that this too would go unnoticed? But, come, let us not disturb the moral invalids--the ethically feeble, more vexed by slights to their cloistered names and parochial words, than to the sorrows of the people and catastrophes of the others--let them rest in their sins, for their sins rest in them.

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  Tullius22 | Mar 31, 2012 |
It’s a sustained and bitter attack at Christianity's inherent contradictions and, for Nietzsche, its poisoning and stultification of Western civilization. While there were some sections in this work that I appreciated, his discussion of Buddhism and Islam, there were also some that I didn't appreciate, and still more that just made me scratch my head. Undeniably, it's an informative read, that, despite it's page count, is also a deceptively dense read. As a historical curiosity, the book is also indicative of the emergent fascination of German intellectuals for India and the Orient.
2 vote GYKM | Jan 29, 2012 |
Scary and the bluntest and dullest attack blade in Nietzsche's arsenal against Christianity. If this is all he wrote he could be simply dismissed as an atheist demagogue. His better known works are more subtle and nuanced than this work.
  gmicksmith | Jan 26, 2012 |
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In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.
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Der Philosoph Friedrich Nietzsche ist nicht unumstritten, wurde von den Nazis mi verstanden und fr ihre Ideologie mi braucht. Das Werk entstand 12 Jahre vor seinem Tod, und nur wenige Jahre vor seinem geistigen Zusammenbruch. Darin rechnet er mit der christlichen Kirche im Speziellen, aber mit religisen Regelwerken und Fanatismus auch im Besonderen ab. Er vertritt u.a. die These, dass die Bibelreligionen besonders unfrei im Geiste machen, Versklaven, ja, geradezu bewusst Elend und Krieg hervorrufen, um ihre Macht zu strken. Dies macht das Werk heute aktueller denn je.… (more)

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