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The Antichrist
     

The Antichrist

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by Friedrich Nietzsche
 

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Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Antichrist" might be more aptly named "The Antichristian," for it is an unmitigated attack on Christianity that Nietzsche makes within the text instead of an exposition on evil or Satan as the title might suggest. In "The Antichrist," Nietzsche presents a highly controversial view of Christianity as a damaging influence upon western

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Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Antichrist" might be more aptly named "The Antichristian," for it is an unmitigated attack on Christianity that Nietzsche makes within the text instead of an exposition on evil or Satan as the title might suggest. In "The Antichrist," Nietzsche presents a highly controversial view of Christianity as a damaging influence upon western civilization that must come to an end. Regardless of ones religious or philosophical point of view, "The Antichrist" makes for an engaging philosophical discourse.

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ISBN-13:
9781451591002
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

Meet the Author

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher. His writing included critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive style and displaying a fondness for aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism.

Nietzsche began his career as a philologist before turning to philosophy. At the age of 24 he became Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, but resigned in 1879 due to health problems, which would plague him for most of his life. In 1889 he exhibited symptoms of a serious mental illness, living out his remaining years in the care of his mother and sister until his death in 1900.

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The Anti-Christ 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
gernamgmer More than 1 year ago
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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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been thinking the same thing for years...Nietzsche gets my jumbled thoughts on the opium that is religion down superbly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Antichrist' is one of the best written books that attack religion and it's foolishness.