The Antichrist

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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...THE ANTICHRIST


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... furnished by W. F....

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...and Evil," then by "The Genealogy of Morals" (written in
twenty days), then by his Wagner...

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...ever took place, nor is there any
evidence that their common heritage of piety rested upon...

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...candidate for
the place of the Christian ideal of the "good" man, prudently abased
before the throne...

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...von Bernstorff and von Tirpitz. Most of this denunciation, of
course, was frankly idiotic--the naive pishposh...

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...boldly,
and that felt it most shaky, one may add, under their feet. I daresay
that Nietzsche,...

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...been pretty
well convinced. No man of sound information, at the time Nietzsche
planned "The Antichrist," actually...

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...inferior men--that they warred upon the best
interests of men of a better sort quite as...

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...is thus
not likely to prevail, an idea that is _attacked_ enjoys a great
advantage. The evidence...

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...orders in free function once more. Socialism, Puritanism,
Philistinism, Christianity--he saw them all as allotropic forms...

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...or something better coming out of it, and a new Thirteenth
Century at dawn. This seems...

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...caused Nietzsche
to speak up for the children of Israel quite as often as he spoke
against...

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...is enormously apt and effective--and on the
surface it is undoubtedly a good show. One somehow...

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...assumed that his readers knew
the books, and that it was thus unnecessary to rewrite them....

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...German that differs materially from any other German
that I know. It is more nervous, more...

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...know well
enough how remote our place is. "Neither by land nor by water will you
find...

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...the past: but
always as a happy accident, as an exception, never as deliberately
_willed_. Very often...

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...is that all the values on which
mankind now fixes its highest aspirations are _decadence_-values.

I call...

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...Of course, one doesn't say
"extinction": one says "the other world," or "God," or "the _true_
life,"...

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...can be no answer
to the question, What _is_ truth? Truth has already been stood on...

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...the "true
world," the concept of morality as the _essence_ of the world (--the two
most vicious...

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...in
man, so that on the basis of it, "the tendency of mankind toward the
good" could...

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...truth _ought_ to
be, of what the service of the truth _ought_ to be--their every "thou
shalt"...

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...his mortal coil--then only the important part of
him, the "pure spirit," would remain. Here again...

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...gratitude.
A man is grateful for his own existence: to that end he needs a
god.--Such a...

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...are abortions of
_decadence_.--How can we be so tolerant of the naivete of Christian
theologians as to...

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...up in the world: it probably
touches low-water mark in the ebbing evolution of the god-type....

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...chief attention are: first, an excessive
sensitiveness to sensation, which manifests itself as a refined
susceptibility to...

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...aspiration: perfection is actually normal.--

Under Christianity the instincts of the subjugated and the oppressed
come to...

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...summons that takes them back to peace and
cheerfulness, to a careful rationing of the spirit,...

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...most _malign_ of evils; it
remained behind at the source of all evil.)[3]--In order that _love_...

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...as of
the outer. They put themselves _against_ all those conditions under
which, hitherto, a people had...

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...in a
manner that is not only dangerous to life, but also slanders it.


25.

The history of...

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...denial of nature
follow it. A god who _demands_--in place of a god who helps, who...

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...whereby that state of affairs is attained "the will of
God"; with cold-blooded cynicism he estimates...

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..._grant
values_ becomes necessary, and the only way it can create such values is
by denying nature.......

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...above everything, was necessary to the
safety of the Jewish people in the midst of the...

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...legends in spite of his legends. It is _not_ a question of mere
truthful evidence as...

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...profound.

_The instinctive exclusion of all aversion, all hostility, all bounds
and distances in feeling_: the consequence...

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...regretted that no Dostoyevsky lived in the
neighbourhood of this most interesting _decadent_--I mean some one...

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...its own reward, its own promise, its own "kingdom of
God." This faith does not formulate...

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...imagining
anything opposed to it.... If anything of the sort is ever encountered,
it laments the "blindness"...

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..._live_ so that he
will feel that he is "in heaven" and is "immortal," despite many...

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...it is not going to come at a "millennium"--it is an experience
of the heart, it...

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...that its faith had to become as sickly, as low and as
vulgar as the needs...

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...to a state of
self-pollution, the very sight of which excites loathing,--the concepts
"the other world," "the...

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..._despite_ all his "faith," he has been ruled _only_ by his
instincts--and _what instincts_!--In all ages--for...

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...chasm of doubt yawn: "_Who_ put
him to death? who was his natural enemy?"--this question flashed...

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...absurd problem offered itself: "how
_could_ God allow it!" To which the deranged reason of the...

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...yesterday and the day before yesterday of Christianity, and
_invented his own history of Christian beginnings_....

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...other man; that
in an infinite universe of things the "salvation" of _every_ individual
may lay claim...

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...artistic triumph in psychological
corruption. The gospels, in fact, stand alone. The Bible as a whole...

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...in point of fact, they simply do
what they cannot help doing. Forced, like hypocrites, to...

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...it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he were...

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...God is holy, _which temple ye are_." (Paul,
1 Corinthians iii, 16.[19])--For that sort of thing...

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...of Parma: "_e tutto festo_"--immortally healthy, immortally
cheerful and sound.... These petty bigots make a capital...

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...to believe in him.--In a
formula: _deus, qualem Paulus creavit, dei negatio_.--Such a religion as
Christianity, which...

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..."from woman comes every
evil in the world"--every priest knows that, too. _Ergo_, she is also...

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...always in need of the priest.--Away with
physicians! _What is needed is a Saviour._--The concept of...

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...a proof against truth when sensations of pleasure influence the
answer to the question "What is...

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...a soil already prepared for it,
which is to say, a soil thoroughly unhealthy. Not every...

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...of
humanity.--

[22] The word _training_ is in English in the text.

[23] 1 Corinthians i, 27, 28.


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Christianity...

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...the divine digital dexterity. However small our
piety, if we ever encountered a god who always...

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...sets off epidemics of death-seeking)--this conclusion has
been an unspeakable drag upon the testing of facts,...

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...mind that
aspires to great things, and that wills the means thereto, is
necessarily sceptical. Freedom from...

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...influence upon the
great masses--fanatics are picturesque, and mankind prefers observing
poses to listening to _reasons_....


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--One step...

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...of sneaking in
the concepts, "God," "the will of God" and "the revelation of God" at
this...

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...and
superior work, which it would be a sin against the _intelligence_ to so
much as _name_...

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...the experience, the sagacity and the
ethical experimentation of long centuries; it brings things to a
conclusion;...

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..._order of castes_,
the highest, the dominating law, is merely the ratification of an _order
of nature_,...

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...the
business of ruling--their followers, their right hand, their most apt
disciples.--In all this, I repeat, there...

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...preserves thereby or destroys. There is a perfect likeness
between Christian and anarchist: their object, their...

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...all instinct for _reality_--this cowardly, effeminate
and sugar-coated gang gradually alienated all "souls," step by step,
from...

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...preparatory, that with
adamantine self-consciousness it laid only the foundations for a work to
go on for...

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...give them even the most modest endowment
of respectable, of upright, of _cleanly_ instincts.... Between
ourselves, they...

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...destroyed for Europe the
last great harvest of civilization that Europe was ever to reap--the
_Renaissance_. Is...

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...that once existed, for something _irrecoverable_.... These
Germans, I confess, are my enemies: I despise all...

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...from the _dies nefastus_ when this fatality
befell--from the _first_ day of Christianity!--_Why not rather from...