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Christianity, says Nietzsche, represents "everything weak, low, and botched; it has made an ideal out of antagonism towards all the self-preservative instincts of strong life." By contrast, Nietzsche defines good as: "All that enhances the feeling of power, the Will to Power, and power itself in man. What is bad?-All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness?-The feeling that power is increasing,-that resistance has been overcome."
In attempting to redefine the basis of Western values by demolishing the formative influence of the Judeo-Christian tradition, The Antichrist has proved to be highly controversial and continuously stimulating to later generations of philosophers.
Posted August 1, 2003
Having read this book a while ago, I found myself reminded of its importance through the lryics of a song by the band Brand New (Deja Entendu; track 4). The song, especially in the chorus, even though seemingly writen about a relationship, took on some very religious undertones. The chorus which began, 'we're concentrating on falling apart,' and ending with the repetition of the statement, 'I just want to believe...' immediately made me think of Nietzsche's work and how I felt afterward. As Christians we live and prosper in continued decadence, constantly abandoning the joys of life and pushing them aside for that which the afterlife offers. 'I am heaven sent,' the song states, but, perhaps he, like the rest of us just wishes that were the case. This book is, 'the break in the bend...the closest of calls...the reason you're alone...the rise and fall.' Can we, as men, rise above such decadence, such slander of life, and live by our own free wills, without God? No, not yet, and The Antichrist, as a continuation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, tells us why, though, we, as men, know that the heavens will bleed from our mouths, that if God falls it will be an act of man. To end, 'keeping quiet is hard, and you can't keep a secret if it never was a secret to start.' Yes, we should stop trying to convince ourselves otherwise...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2002
This book will stecth you an pull you in ways that you thought you may never be pulled !!! A trrue person of fiath we be unafraid of the task that is set forth!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2002
I thought this book was outstanding. It challenges all the ideals that are so forcefully pressed on our contemporary society, the ideals that everything we yern for and everything we crave is wrong. This work fights for out animalistic desires rather than condeming them.
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