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A work of Nietzsche's later years, "The Antichrist" was written after "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and shortly before the mental collapse that incapacitated him for the rest of his life. The work is both an unrestrained attack on Christianity and a further exposition of Nietzsche's will-to-power philosophy so dramatically presented in "Zarathustra".
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Publisher Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 8184566247 ISBN13 9788184566246
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A passionate philosopher expressing his disgust Oct 24, 2008
I have just finished reading Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Antichrist: A Criticism of Christianity". The theme of this book or perhaps extended essay is the criticism and/or condemnation of the Christian faith. I must admit I am surprised how many of Nietzsche's points are still very relevant today despite the fact this book was written 1888. I will address the former statement in a moment.
I viewed this book more as critique, than some written abomination that should never see the light of day. I should state I am more of a spiritual person than a religious one, so I wasn't offended by Nietzsche's views. So for all you Christians out there before you become upset with this book just remember it is a man's opinion and everyone is entitled to have one.
As I noted prior, many points presented in "The Antichrist" are still very relevant today. For instance, it speaks about how Christianity uses sin as a propaganda tool. Therefore followers of faith (Nietzsche states that faith is an "incurable falsity" because to shut one's eyes in order to avoid any suffering is ludicrous) must live their lives based on fear of breaking a sin. This then leads into stating that some "so called sins" are part of the human experience and allows a person to grow and learn. Christianity cripples this life experience. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Nietzsche's ideas go.
Another idea I liked presented in this book was how Christianity promotes fundamental thinking, seeing things only in black and white. I believe this same notion can be transferred to politics. Nietzsche doesn't just spit off his opinion he does reference quotes and passages from the Bible. When he presents these quotes and then his views a strong argument is created. This makes the content in this book philosophy not just a glorified opinion.
Although I respect Nietzsche critical presentation, I don't agree with all of it. Some of his notions went totally over my head. In addition to state that every person who practices Christianity is a warped individual is equivalent to every person who does practice Christianity has a heart of gold. On a final note, Nietzsche's father was a Lutheran pastor who died when Nietzsche was only four years old. It states in the introduction of this book that a bit of a void was left for Nietzsche after his father died. Perhaps this early experience might have been the foundation for his disgust towards religion. Which leaves us with the inquiry, aren't we all products of our environment?
A few overdue remarks Mar 23, 2008
Needless to say, I find this book meaningful - and enormously so, independently from the ideas that are professed in it, with which I do not directly agree or disagree. More than discussing the book itself, in this review I would like to point out a couple of things that have not been mentioned yet in other reviews.
After having been read for entire generations principally by delusional emo teenagers, the Antichrist seems to have gained renewed fortune lately after the recent "I hate religion at all costs" cultural trend that has originated in America in reaction to the increasing loudness of Christian Creationist/Anti-homosexual/anti-Atheism propaganda. This comports essentially that the focus that is given to the book is on whether Christianity is evil and not on other aspects that I find more relevant.
Firstly, this book was not intended to be an attack on Christianity because Nietzsche one afternoon got bored and did not know what else to do. The Antichrist was the preface, in a sense, to a much larger and unaccomplished literary work ("The Transvaluation of all values") for which a critique of Christianity was a necessary beginning.
Secondly, Nietzsche was a philologist. All his books to an extent are philology works and the Antichrist is no exception. After reading it some time ago, what I still remember well of the Antichrist is how Nietzsche created an incredibly insightful and brave interpretation of an hypothetical 'real' story of Christ basing himself on his philological analysis of the Gospels.
i don't think nietzsche was an idiot Aug 28, 2004
Unlike many other people who have reviewed this book, I do not believe that Nietzsche was an idiot. It is extremely obvious in The Antichrist, that Nietzsche was strongly right-wing, and therefore had a strongly right-wing outlook on life. This is NOT a book for someone who is NOT right-wing themself, and also CLOSED-MINDED TOWARD OTHER WAYS OF THINKING. Its true, Nietzsche's beliefs are not democratic. He did not believe that all men were created equal. He believed that strength was good, that weakness was bad, and that the strong should rule over the weak. He saw Christianity as something that was embracing all the weaknesses in man, and therefore something that was universally wrong. I am not saying that I am a supporter of Nietzsche's philosophy. In reality I am a very Left-Wing thinker. I am not racist in any way, and I am not against any religion in its entirety, but I do not think that it is harmful for me to once in a while take a glimpse into the world on the other side of the spectrum.
A superb book (not for the spiritually squeamish) May 3, 2004
As Nietzche himself said, he is not a philosopher, he is dynamite. And there is certainly an explosive force to this book. Nietzche unmasks Christianity for the nihilistic life-denying system of belief that it is. Unfortunately his disrepectful style is likely to make believers sick with disgust and so prevent them from appreciating his message.
one of the greatest works of western philosohpy? I think not Jan 30, 2004
OK, firstly, my rating refers to the ideas presented in this book, not the book itself, which is by all means an interesting read. However, this does not change the fact that this is simply a rant about christianity from a selfish, arrogant, petty man, who reckoned himself to be one of the greatest thinkers, when in fact he is not. Not only does he say that compassion towards our fellow humans is immoral, but he says that all humans are unequal (he sees himself as one of the more superior humans, unsurprisingly) and he also claims that the pursuit of power is the moral action. Right from the start he claims that feeling for another's misfortune is weak and weakness is immoral. Then he goes on to rip apart christianity, granted, he makes a couple of valid points, but most of what he says is complete trash, bases on lies. I'm not exactly the biggest fan of christianity, but some of the arguments presented here are absurd to say the least. Nietzsche is not a genious, he is an idiot. This book contains a few contradictions and not just little ones, there is certianly a very big one. I wonder if anyone else noticed it? Anyway, I suggest you get this book yourself and you can be the judge, who knows, you may agree with him, but if you have an IQ which is over 5, then you wont.