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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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  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884365205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884365201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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167 of 178 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Nietzche's "The Anti-Christ" was one of the last books Nietzsche wrote before the onset of his insanity in 1888. Unlike many of Nietzsche's other books, which raise tantalizing questions and examine experience from a variety of angles, some of them contradictory, "The Anti-Christ" is a relatively straightforward presentation of Nietzsche's critique of Christianity. Contrary to what many think, Nietzsche did not advocate the general abolition of Christianity. He thought it served the needs of the majority of people quite well, but believed it had psychologically destructive effects on the minority of people in a society who were most capable of intellectual, artistic, and other achievement.
Mencken was one of the great American prose stylists of the Century, and, as one would expect, his translation of "The Anti-Christ" is an outstanding read. I happen to think it is a far better read than R.J. Hollingdale's translation, which is the one most often used by scholars and students. Whether it is more or less faithful to Nietzsche's original is a question I cannot answer, not being sufficiently fluent in German.
In any event, it's great to see Mencken's much-neglected 1917 translation back in print.
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103 of 125 people found the following review helpful By "gsibbery" on April 27, 2000
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This is Nietzsche's most vigorous work; it conains in little over one hundred pages, a summary of his later philosophy, and as such, should probably be read after all of his other works if one means to avoid misunderstanding what Nietzsche is saying. He portrays Christianity in gory detail as the religion of revenge, dishonesty, small-mindedness and pity which it is, and a leading cause of the west's descent into nihilism. (A reading of this book almost forms a mini spiritual biography of western civilisation of the last three centuries). The adherence to a religion like Christianity forms a sort of enslavement to an outdated meaning system thus causing anyone with a scrap of intellectual integrity to lie to theirselves as a means of supporting a bankrupt world-view and while appropriate for Zarathustra's "last men", is death for all higher types, and had waged a bitter war against all manner of vitality, stregnth and honour which are the hallmarks of die ubermensche. He talks of the psychology of the priest and the natural hatred of science that they all possess as well as the slave morality and cowardice that Christianity promotes, but for all the vim that the book possesses, it is not a very scholarly work, and contains many errors. Nietzsche understandably finds it difficult to restrain himself, but this gives the work a sort of amateurish tone. Mencken has done a wonderful job here -- all the more because he had a deep appreciation for Nietzsche -- the man and his work. For those who cannot understand Nietzsche's "hatred" of Christianity, I would recommend a very thorough reading of the Geneology of Morals, which goes into much greater detail and is much more scholarly and will provide better insight into the anti-Chrsitian perspective. One of the jewels of modern literature.
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197 of 248 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
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The book has truth in it. It is good but not the best. Lewis in An Encounter With A Prophet acknowledges all of the false teachings of the Christian Church but does not lose God in the process.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
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A vigorous and courageous look at Christianity as it is practiced and the psychology of the people who practice it. This book can not be understood properly unless Nietzshe's previous philosophical works have been read, particularly "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and the "Geneology of Morals." It should be the last of Nietzsche's works to be read rather than the first, as is often the csae.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. Bentley on January 11, 2003
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Whether you agree with him or not, you gotta admit that Nietzsche had some very strong arguments about the validity of Christianity, and how he views it as a form of weakness posing as a strong institution. There is a section where he takes verses from the Bible itself and explains in a way on how it is evangelical and dictatorial. Nietzsche was a deep thinker, perhaps too deep because he got really sick shortly after this book, and he didn't seem like the type of guy to just ramble about a topic without knowing about it. Him quoting the Bible and many other religious texts porves that he well-researched Christianity and made enough valid points to defend his position on Christianity. I am not an antichrist myself, thoguh I more or less shun organized religion, but Nietzsche has some very thought-provoking concepts. Sure it is offensive to one devout to Christianity, and I'd probably be offended if I was a practicing Christian, but this is recommended for those who study religions and philosophy, or just a powerful book in general.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Will Hancock on December 1, 2007
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The publisher does something common but sleazy on the copyright page, claiming copyright for the entire work, which is in the public domain. Secondly, they incorrectly state on the copyright page that the original edition was published by Knopf in 1895(!), not 1920. Third, and this is what really pisses me off, is that they simply reproduced the See Sharp Press edition type, while omitting the footnotes and the introductory publisher's note (the layout matches exactly, and there's even the same typo -- misplaced quotation mark -- in the second line of the first page of the text (p. 21).
It's sad when a publisher tries to rip off another publisher, and poorly. This Cosimo edition even cuts out the footnotes in an effort to create a cheapo book.
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