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The Antichrist [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche , H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken
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  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406834602
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No holding back! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Mencken did a good job of translating 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must be read with an open mind 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I need a beer 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Moments of clarity mixed with anger 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Amazing Theories.....Some Non-Theories... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars the antichrist that speaks about Christ... October 17, 2014
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Wonderful demonstration that the intellect is indeed the opposition of spirituality. My question is whether these two polarities can coexist in constructivity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nietzsche is dynamite January 16, 2014
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This translation by Mencken brings forth the power of Nietzsche's rhetoric in beautiful, flowing English.

Our age still lives in accord with mores and values inherited from two thousand years of Christianity. But what is the value of Christian values? What was the cost of the Christian revaluation of Greek and Roman values? What is the way of life as embodied by Christ, how much of Christianity stands in opposition to Christ's way of life, and what is the psychology behind Christian values? Nietzsche is great gust of wind rushing down from the cold heights, sweeping away the two thousand year old facade of human cowardice, to answer these questions that none before him could even see.
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Essential reading.
Published 14 days ago by Cryss
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great book and Nietzsche is always open for disccussion
Published 26 days ago by german
5.0 out of 5 stars How can free be bad!!
It is FREE! How can free be bad!!!!! THANK YOU!
Published 2 months ago by Timothy J Strunk
4.0 out of 5 stars born late
nietzche is some thinker. he bundles up the lesser man and their progeny with tight, concise language, leaving no wiggle room to do aught but breed. which is what chattel does. Read more
Published 2 months ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He died for my sins.
Published 5 months ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian anarchism....
Nietzsche's comparison of Christianity to anarchism was complete and udder moronic garbage. Other than that I saw no problem with this critique of Christianity.
Published 5 months ago by Margart Ilnicki
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about certain religion
Awesome! Loved it! The truth about certain religion... an Honest musing which so many people in the west want to deny. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phoenix
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me wrong. . .
I'm a Christian. But if you want to really get a real face-full of Nietsche's anti-Christian thinking, this is the place. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scouter622
5.0 out of 5 stars Nietzsche's awful truth is potent medicine
if you are Christian, you will be horrified by this book. but you should read it if you want to understand the error of your ways.
Published 11 months ago by Melinda
4.0 out of 5 stars It open my eyes
I enjoyed the content as a historical writing of the times. I did not agree with the message however that is what knowledge is about. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mike samford
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