The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§202   This was the most fatal form of insanity that has ever yet existed on earth: when these little lying abortions of bigotry begin laying claim to the words “God”, “last judgment”, “truth”, “love”, “wisdom”, “Holy Spirit”, and thereby distinguishing themselves from the rest of the world; when such men begin to reverse values to suit themselves, as though they were the sense, the salt, the standard and the measure of all things; then all that one should do is this: build lunatic asylums for their incarceration. To persecute them was an egregious act of antique folly: this was taking them too seriously; it was making them serious.

The whole fatality was made possible by the fact that a similar form of megalomania was already in existence, the Jewish form (once the gulf separating the Jews from the Christian-Jews was bridged, the Christian-Jews were compelled to employ those self-preservative measures afresh which were discovered by the Jewish instinct, for their own self-preservation, after having accentuated them); and again through the fact that Greek moral philosophy had done everything that could be done to prepare the way for moral-fanaticism, even among Greeks and Romans and to render it palatable — Plato, the great importer of corruption, who was the first who refused to see Nature in morality and who had already deprived the Greek gods of all their worth by his notion “good”, was already tainted with Jewish bigotry (in Egypt)?

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§201   However modest one’s demands may be concerning intellectual cleanliness, when one touches the New Testament one cannot help experiencing a sort of inexpressible feeling of discomfort; for the unbounded cheek with which the least qualified people will have their say in its pages, in regard to the greatest problems of existence and claim to sit in judgment on such matters, exceeds all limits. The impudent levity with which the most unwieldy problems are spoken of here (life, the world, God, the purpose of life), as if they were not problems at all but the most simple things which these little bigots know all about.

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Let ‘er rip

British actor Stephen Fry, interviewed on Irish television, says frankly what is obvious to any thinking adult — but almost never said aloud: If Christianity’s premises are true, then He is utterly unfit for the company of decent people and Christians worship a monster. Really: This is great fun.

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Theology quote for the day

‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion’. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.

Salman Rushdie

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
I: Criticism of Religion

§200   I regard Christianity as the most fatal and seductive lie that has ever yet existed, as the greatest and most impious lie: I can discern the last sprouts and branches of its ideal beneath every form of disguise, I decline to enter into any compromise or false position in reference to it — I urge people to declare open war with it.

The morality of petty people as the measure of all things: this is the most repugnant kind of degeneracy that civilization has ever yet brought into existence. And this kind of ideal is hanging still, under the name of “God,” over men’s heads!

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