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  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406834602
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ2GCW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Scott on August 1, 2013
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Wish I had read this a long time ago. Maybe my transition to non-belief would have come sooner. The frustration & disgust that he delivers is not quite unlike what I feel, even today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher (o.d.c.) on October 7, 2014
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Nietzsche, on the verge of a complete breakdown, wrote four short but tremendous books, including this one. Even here, he is proud of his philological training:

'... One may rest assured that the greater the degree of a man's intellectual conscience the greater will be his modesty, his discretion, on this point. [...]"Truth," as the word is understood by every prophet, every sectarian, every free-thinker, every Socialist and every churchman, is simply a complete proof that not even a beginning has been made in the intellectual discipline and self-control that are necessary to the unearthing of even the smallest truth.--The deaths of the martyrs, it may be said in passing, have been misfortunes of history: they have misled....'

Speaking of texts, I have been comparing the Mencken translation with Kaufmann's later translation, and while I can accept that the early 20th C. translations were for the most part woefully inadequate, HLM's may be the exception. Here is a passage from Mencken, with a few words that are different, but not demonstrably better, in WK's (for the most part, the two translations are very close):

'.. When the exceptional man handles the mediocre man with more delicate fingers than he applies to himself or to his equals, this is not merely kindness [WK: "politeness" ?] of heart--it is simply his duty.... Whom do I hate most heartily among the rabbles of today? The rabble of Socialists, the apostles to the Chandala, who undermine the workingman's instincts, his pleasure, his feeling of contentment with his petty [WK: "small"- surely "petty" is more apt] existence--who make him envious and teach him revenge.... Wrong never lies in unequal rights; it lies in the assertion of "equal" rights.... What is bad? But I have already answered: all that proceeds from weakness, from envy, from revenge.--The anarchist and the Christian have the same ancestry....'
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay of Pa on May 5, 2013
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This book might offend a devout Christian although I do not believe that was by any means the purpose. Knowledge of the history of "religion" will help you understand what he is pointing out to the reader. I think he does a great job showing that Christianity might have a place for some but its influence has no place in running the government. Religion has been the cause of wars and misery throughout history. He is able to point out with examples, what a negative affect religion has had on the world throughout history. Religion must be separate from laws governing the masses and he clearly shows this over and over. He points out that it has also had a negative affect on peoples ability to express themselves, whether it be art, philosophy, literature etc. Very good book. This was the last book Nietzsche wrote before becoming ill and is one of his best in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Krammes on August 20, 2013
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Like most other books by Nietzsche, the Antichrist is heavy. It was his final novel, and most brutal deconstruction of the Christian faith. I cannot attest to the quality of the translation, but I will say it is readable and fairly short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Baca on April 24, 2013
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You have to read some Nietzsche in your lifetime. Only read bits and pieces of FWN prior to this. If the title doesn't give it away it's basically about the Antichrist. Man, religious man and Christianity = Antichrist. Sometimes he seems to ramble but he has many strong moments of clarity where he analyzes events, persons or objects and makes convincing causal conclusions. Mencken's intro and the whole intro in general is an issue. Skipped it after a few pages. Wanted to read this book for myself and draw my own conclusions. Might read the intro now and compare notes with Mencken.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damon163 on January 14, 2012
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This had some parts that the author put together so well with things why the church does what they do, and things like that. He did seem to get a little carried away in some parts. In some parts of the book you could tell her got a little carried away. He did not try to hide that he absolutely hated the Church. This took a little bit of the legitimacy away from the book for me. Overall this is a good read if you have the time.
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Nietzsche's final work, published in 1895 posits his position upon the state of Christianity and his opinion of Christendom for the masses. This is not to be confused with an attack upon the religion, it's true practices and benefits before the taint, manipulation and debasement by the human hand, for there is a noted difference.

Christianity, seen as a conspiracy impeding the progress of mankind, reserved for the corpus of ignorant men (95-96%) and full of lofty `moral' ideals which, in purpose, turn weaknesses into strength. To glorify timidity, cowardice and general weakness, making these types of people "The Chosen" is completely juxtaposed with the concept of the `ubermensch' (Superman) and any thinking man's `Will to Power' (that alone which makes one feel good).

Further, Christianity glorifies `faith' - which basically translates to `ask no questions and follow blindly' establishing a loss of instinct and reaction.

In regards to the apostles and other men of the cloth: `Whoever has theological blood in his veins is shifty and dishonorable in all things'. `Virtue' and `morality' are human contrivances and coupled with religion create misconceptualizations based upon imaginary cause and effect (being philanthropic gets you into heaven). This lie is seen as an escapist tactic, and who wants to escape reality except those that suffer because of it?

The priest, the most revered man of the cloth, Nietzsche sees as a human parasite designed to speak on behalf of, represent and take penance for God - the primary bastion, champion on earth, of upholding weakness, false morality and the undermining force behind the `Will to Power'.
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