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on 2 October 2008
Friedrich Nietzshe's "The Anti-Christ" is another great book by one of the most understood and overlooked writers in the history of modern political thought (due to his association with a nazi dictatorship which crudely used his ideas). This book provides an intelligent insight into why people such as me do not believe in christianity and exposes the christian vision of freedom for been exactly what it is, a fraud.

"The Anti-Christ" seeks to persuade the reader not to live and enjoy the one life he/her has, rather than to limit their enjoyment to achieve the facade of "eternal salvation". Nietzsche also attackes Christianity for weakening man by instilling him with a "slave morality" and sees the solution in the form of a "superman" (which is discussed at length in Thus Spake Zarathustra) and aristocratic rule. While i don't agree with his favourance of ariscratic rule, i think his view on Man's docile nature and on modern man's laziness is devastatingly accurate when applied to today's materialist society.

I truelly enjoyed reading this book and recommed it to anyone who like me became interested by his writings after becoming an atheist or to any open-minded christians ( there are some of you) who want to discover what atheists think. It serves as a fascinating introduction to the works of a true genius,who like Machiavelli before him, has had his name sullied by misuses of his work and the connations his name holds as a result.
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The irony of Nietzsche is his readings of the original classical writings, in the original languages. Very brilliant, sure, but it's ironic because the Christians preserved the writings Nietzsche will one day read to demolish Christianity.

How do we know that the Christians preserved the pagan writings? Well like the way you and I will eventually fall back into the elements, paper also falls back into the elements. Those books on the shelve look immortal to us, but they will vanish in about 500 years from now. We don't notice because biology is on fast forward, but even the mountains will one day vanish! "Panta rhei" said Nietzsche favourite philosopher, 'all flows'.

Christians preserved the ancient world? Surely not! The idea that the Christians destroyed the buildings and loved book burning can no longer be taken seriously. The image of rampaging Christians, dressed in black, like in the excellent film, Agora, is a modern fantasy for people who like to believe that Islam is a part of Europe and that Mozart was an Arab. Nietzsche also believed this for some strange reason.

Those Christian monks copied what they felt was important. Scrolls need the expensive process of being copied every generation or so to be saved from oblivion, so the monks in the apparent 'dark age' copied Cicero and Caesar and the Orthodox Christians copied Homer, bloody Homer.

Anyway, this is an excellent translation. What Nietzsche says is probably true. Maybe we can test these ideas? Do people in India act like Pagans or do they act like Christians? I ask because pagan Europe was very similar to India and this is why Westerners find that land so intoxicating. So we must test if Nietzsche is correct.

So there is only one way to find out, tho no one seems to be bothered in testing the rich ideas found in Nietzsche. I wonder why? Can it be the hate one feels to life that one takes a Nietzschian idea, here and there, and runs with it because it makes them feel clever? I once heard a guy in a podcast say that we should kill disabled people to make way for the strong! This is the problem with Nietzsche.

Arthur Schopenhauer said, one who denies the moral significance of the world is a faith personified as "antichrist. This is where Nietzsche got the title.

H. L. Mencken supplies the best translation. H. L. Mencken wasn't an academic but a real heavyweight anti democratic thinker. Walter Kaufman and Hollingdale kept their personal hang-ups hidden. Not Mencken! H.L. Mencken is actually better than Nietzsche in English.

The only problem is that, judging my his picture, Mencken wasn't Dolf Lundgren. Neither Mencken nor Friedrich Nietzsche had tight buttocks, a big chest and solid biceps like Dolf.

If Dolf Lundgren was in the room, Mencken and Nietzsche will run away, well if they could run at all!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 January 2010
With his diabolic polemic talent Friedrich Nietzsche fights a Homeric battle with his evil dragon, Christianity, its creed, its actions, its history and its ministers.

Christianity in general
Christianity is the great innermost corruption, the mortal blemish of mankind.
It has no contact with reality: imaginary causes (God, soul, unfree will), imaginary effects (sin, punishment, forgiveness, redemption, grace), imaginary psychology (presence of God, temptation by the devil), imaginary teleology (eternal life, Last Judgment).
It is the religion of pity, the practice of nihilism. It conserves all that is miserable and is thus a prime instrument of decadence. It despises the body, thereby reducing mankind to a kind of self-violation.

The theory that God sacrificed his son for the remission of sin is gruesome paganism: the sacrifice of the guiltless one for the sins of all the guilty.
The immaculata conceptio dirties the origin of man.
The Last Judgment and the immortality of the soul are instruments of torture, systems of cruelty. The doctrine of personal immortality places life`s centre of gravity not in life, but in the `beyond'.
The concept of sin is a self-violation of man.

Faith, priests
The Christian is a domestic sick animal. Where the will to power is lacking, there is decline.
Faith discredits reason, knowledge and inquiry, which are forbidden ways of investigation. Faith means closing one's eyes to oneself once and for all.
The priest is a holy parasite. He is a professional negator, slanderer and poisoner of life. He rules through the invention of sin.

Nietzsche's slogan `war not peace' and his fundamental contempt of the weak are unacceptable. So is his profound anti-democratic stance: `the order of the castes is a sanction of a natural order, a natural lawfulness. The inequality of rights is the first condition for the existence of any rights at all.'

With his anti-Kantian shout, `every man has to invent his own categorical imperative', Friedrich Nietzsche wrote one of the most violent pamphlets of all time.
A must read, critically.
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on 30 January 2014
Authors views on Christianity in this book are absolutely fantastic, offensive to some but hilarious for me :) thank you!
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on 2 May 2016
This author is not for easy reading. He is a philosopher and produces some very interesting and different idea, which are well argued and never run as emotional accepted concepts. Whilst he has been slated as being an atheist and Antichrist, very careful reading shows him to be spiritual, but very anti church and their distortions of the available facts.
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on 28 April 2013
From first sentences it was really hard to understand his philosophy, but more I read, more I liked it. I wouldn't recommend this book for very religious Catholic. It is very rebel book even in our days. I agree with many of author's thoughts. Christianity is "disease" which makes us mental patients. It is really impossible to describe this book. It is really not for everybody to read. It can insult and also inspire to be independent person. Besides you must very concentrate on reading this book because it is high philosophy.

I really liked where author showed that in ancient Hindian book was showed that women are good and have pure body and Christianity makes it different. Author really has more love for orient religions than our Western religions. It is also quite strange that German philosopher "hates" Germans. But that made me quite inspired. So to hate your own nation is not so bad. I understand his thoughts about his own nations. You understand people with who you live so you better see them. So you can find things about them to hate very easily. I think it has exuse to hate your nation. You simply know them too good.

Well, I liked this book because I'm not very religious and I have now many thoughts in my head to think about life.
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on 2 May 2016
Its Nietzche - no need for me to add any more high brow pretentious rubbish about his work
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on 18 June 2016
Really worth a read. Not much to say apart from give it a go and judge this for yourself.
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on 17 November 2015
Delivery was slightly longer than expected but everything else was superb
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on 18 January 2016
What can I say more than what I read. Amazing book
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