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The Christian concept of a god-the god as the patron of the sick, the god as a spinner of cobwebs, the god as a spirit-is one of the most corrupt concepts that has ever been set up in the world... In him nothingness is deified, and the will to nothingness is made holySee Sharp Press; Tuscon, AZ
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He's one of the most debated thinkers of the 19th century: Nietzsche and his works have been by turns vilified, lauded, and ...

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The Antichrist (The Anti-Christ): Curse on Christianity

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The Christian concept of a god-the god as the patron of the sick, the god as a spinner of cobwebs, the god as a spirit-is one of the most corrupt concepts that has ever been set up in the world... In him nothingness is deified, and the will to nothingness is made holySee Sharp Press; Tuscon, AZ
-from The Anti-Christ

He's one of the most debated thinkers of the 19th century: Nietzsche and his works have been by turns vilified, lauded, and subjected to numerous contradictory interpretations, and yet he remains a figure of profound import, and his works a necessary component of a well-rounded education.

The Anti-Christ, first published in German in 1895, is absolutely vital to any meaningful understanding of Nietzsche the man and Nietzsche the philosopher. An insightful and entertaining indictment of Christianity, it has enraged and inspired generations of readers, and this 1920 translation, by H. L. Mencken, considered the best available, is almost as controversial as the work itself, highlighting the darkest side of Mencken's cynicism.

Also available from Cosimo Classics: Nietzsche's The Use and Abuse of History.

German psychologist and philosopher FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE (1844-1900) was appointed special professor of classical philology at the University of Basel at the precocious age of 24, but soon found himself dissatisfied with academic life and created an alternative intellectual society for himself among friends including composer Richard Wagner, historian Jakob Burckhardt, and theologian Franz Overbeck. Among his philosophical works are Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, and Ecce Homo.

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"Bombastic, acerbic, and coldly analytical, The Anti-Christ exemplifies the muscularity of thought that surrounds the Nietzsche legend."  —Cletus Nelson, Eye
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596056817
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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Friedrich Nietzsche was, arguably, the most important philosopher of the 19th century. His works include Beyond Good and Evil, Ecce Homo, Human, All Too Human, and Thus Spake Zarathustra.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    Nietzsche's works condensed into a single volume

    This is definitively the most important work from Nietzsche! It incorporates all the major concepts: the will to power, the ubermench, and the eternal return. Nietzsche's unabashed style culminates in his unapologetic critique of Christianity. This book cannot be read without reaction. It will inspire some, it will enrage others, but it will make all readers think and question. A reader that is unwilling to question or doubt, should not read this work. This is my favorite of Nietzsche's books. It reinforced, bluntly, what had been stated in ambiguity so many times before.

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    Posted December 16, 2014

    Not here the res changed

    Lol.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    exellent!

    I would give it 4 and a half stars. i thought the book was very well written and made numerous points about christianity that make it somewhat difficult to believe. i would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    Biting Criticism and Disillusionment...

    Strange that Nietzsche was such a favorite of the Nazi regime considering his philosophy regarding christianity and his disappointment with the Germans. I take it the Third Reich selectively eliminated this book from their teachings on his philosophy and/or selectively quoted certain statements to support their doctrines...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    World without religion?

    'The Antichrist' is one of the best written books that attack religion and it's foolishness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2001

    morality, religion

    What strikes me most about this book is not the blatant blasphemy so much as the new perspective on religious criticism. Instead of wasting breath and time attempting to discredit the truthfulness of certain religions, he makes it a moot point. Even if Christianity were absolute truth, we should still not follow it. It's the slave morality that weakens the very being of mankind - not so much the supposed unreality of religion. Who ever said that truth and goodness are synonymous? This book attempts to refound our most cherished assumptions about what is important regarding life. Either agree or disagree, this book will always be a classic intrigue in my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Oligarchal Collectiveness

    I have been thinking the same thing for years...Nietzsche gets my jumbled thoughts on the opium that is religion down superbly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Makes you question anything you've learned about religion

    i recommend this book to anyone interested in the works of Nietzsche. I went to Catholic school for some years and this books can make even the most devote christian question what they've learned

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    A strong dislike for religion and a loathing for Christianity

    This treatise takes every opportunity to blast religion in general and Christianity in particular. Nietzsche lays down his arguments by revealing the plain idiocy of religion and also by attacking many of the idiosyncrasies of religious institutions. This is an excellent piece of philosophy for the inquisitive mind. Some of the writting is hard to follow, but he organizes his arguments into psuedo-chapters that are 1-2 pages in length, so if you have trouble with one psuedo-chapter, it won't prevent you from understanding the book as a whole. Lastly, the introduction by H.L. Mencken is anti-semetic [not necesarilly against the Jewish religion insomuch as it's against the Jewish peoples] and, I think, written in a style that's intended to confuse any and all readers, including himself.

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