Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity

By Stephen N Williams in March 2012

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Stephen N Williams suggests that Nietzsche's influence stems from his unique and individualistic thinking, which resonated with the prevailing sentiments of his time. He challenged the intellectual respectability of Christianity, advocating for the abandonment of Christian morality after declaring the "death of God." Nietzsche's upbringing in a pious Lutheran home, marked by the loss of his father and surrounded by women, may have influenced his perspective. He pursued classical studies and saw the Greeks as the embodiment of a culture lost due to Christianity. Wagner and Schopenhauer played significant roles in Nietzsche's life, inspiring his quest for cultural renewal. His first book, "The Birth of Tragedy," contrasted Apollo and Dionysus, symbolizing artistic form and suffering existence, respectively. Later, Nietzsche explicitly criticized Christianity in his work "Human, All Too Human," aligning himself with rationalist objections to the faith.


Produced in March 2012. Provisional Captions.

Stephen N Williams is Honorary Professor of Theology at Queen's University Belfast.



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