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Author: H. L. Mencken,Friedrich Nietzsche
ISBN: 1934255092
Subcategory: Philosophy
Pages 104 pages
Publisher El Paso Norte Press (May 4, 2007)
Language English
Category: Politics
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by H. L. Mencken,Friedrich Nietzsche


The Antichrist (German: Der Antichrist) is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1895. Although it was written in 1888, its controversial content made Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz delay its publication, along.

The Antichrist (German: Der Antichrist) is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1895. Although it was written in 1888, its controversial content made Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz delay its publication, along with Ecce Homo. The German title can be translated into English as either The Anti-Christ or The Anti-Christian, depending on how the German word Christ is translated.

The first book on Nietzsche ever to appear in English, this examination by legendary journalist H. L. .Mencken practically deifies Nietzsche, while, ripping Christian morality to shreds. One should read this work with an open mind. It's a perspective amongst many. Mencken is still one of the most enlightening.

by Friedrich Nietzsche. I confess, to begin with, that there are very few books which offer me harder reading than the Gospels. PREFACE This book belongs to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. My difficulties are quite different from those which enabled the learned curiosity of the German mind to achieve one of its most unforgettable triumphs. 5 At that time I was twenty years old: now I am too serious for that sort of thing.

Of all Nietzsche’s books, The Antichrist comes nearest to conventionality in form. Common and Ludovici for showing me the way around many a difficulty. This book belongs to the most rare of men. It presents a connected argument with very few interludes, and has a beginning, a middle and an end. Most of his works are in the form of collections of apothegms, and sometimes the subject changes on every second page.

The Antichrist - H. (Henry Louis) Mencken Save for his raucous, rhapsodical autobiography, Ecce Homo, The Antichrist is the last thing that Nietzsche ever wrote, and so it may be accepted as a statement o. (Henry Louis) Mencken. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Antichrist, by F. W. Nietzsche. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with. almost no restrictions whatsoever. Save for his raucous, rhapsodical autobiography, Ecce Homo, The Antichrist is the last thing that Nietzsche ever wrote, and so it may be accepted as a statement of some of his most salient ideas in their final form. Notes for it had been accumulating for years and it was to have constituted the first volume of his long-projected magnum opus, The Will to Power.

Friedrich Nietzsche's The Antichrist might be more aptly named .Of all the religions ever devised by the great practical jokers of the race, this is the one that offers most for the least money, so to speak, to the inferior man. It starts out by denying his inferiority in plain terms: all men are equal in the sight of God.

During 1888 Nietzsche worked on six short books. One of them was Der Antichrist, which is now a classic. The book has been translated into English more than once.

Nietzsche, Friedrich - Der Antichrist (1895, 70 . Text). ark:/13960/t7hq4pr65. Most of his works are in the form of col lections of apothegms, and sometimes the subject changes on every second page. There are two earlier translations, one by Thomas Common and the other by Anthony M. Ludovici.

As the last of Nietzsche's philosophical works, The Antichrist holds a special place. It is not so much a culmination of his life's work as it is a distillation of his frustration with the small-mindedness that he saw in the popular culture. His attacks on the contemporary Christian values of the day reached a crescendo as he proposed a "higher morality" and a "transmutation of all values". It is from this work that Nietzsche earned a reputation as an enemy of Christianity although he continued to maintain an admiration for the figure of Jesus and other elements of Christianity.

His revolt against Christian faith and morals painted him as a free-thinker and a preacher of a new morality which transposed and deposed the Christian Virtues. Revolt against the whole civilized environment in which he was brought up is the keynote of Nietzsche's literary career. The persuasiveness of Nietzsche's arguments is due in no small part to his epigrammatic brilliance, extreme vigor and uncompromising revolt against all conventions in science and conduct.

The sensitive and intellectually acute translation by H. L. Mencken, along with his insightful introduction, adds immeasurably to the coherence of this edition. With this English language edition both Nietzsche's philosophy and its audience are the fortunate beneficiaries of Mencken's considerable abilities.

Katishi
The Anti-Christ is more about the organized religious institution of Christianity than it is about God or even Christians themselves (although he does criticize both God and Christians to some degree, too). The basis for his criticisms are as follows:

1. Christians lifted their religion from pagans.
2. The Bible is full of inconsistencies.
3. The leaders within the Christian faith are con-men and liars.
4. There are better choices than Christianity.
4a. The things Nietzsche states that he values over Christianity in the book include: Buddhism, Code of Manu, Jews/Judaism, Islam, and pretty much everything else.
5. The apostle Paul was one of the original Christian con-men.
6. Western civilization does not lie on a bedrock of Christianity as many modern people often claim (mistakenly in Nietzsche's opinion). He states that since Christianity was lifted from the pagans, it's really paganism that our civilization was built upon.

There is clearly a ring of truth in all of these assertions. I'm just not sure that it's as big of a deal as Nietzsche makes it out to be. But who am I to argue with the brilliant Friedrich Nietzsche?
Siramath
A mildly interesting book that serves as a scathing observation of the Christian faith. There are some good arguments made in this book that will make anyone contemplate what Nietzsche is saying (whether you are of faith, or an atheist), but some of what is wrote in this book comes off as nothing more than angst, bitterness and extremely juvenile at times. That is not say it isn't written well, because it most certainly is - and is also a testament to the books lasting impact - but I couldn't help but envision Nietzsche as being more than a little childish with some of the inane passages in the book.

With this being the first Nietzsche book that I have read, I was somewhat impressed (mainly at the way it is written and how it demands introspection), but found myself getting bored by the halfway point because it doesn't ever really go anywhere other than presenting chapter after chapter of why Nietzsche feels that Christianity is the worst thing to ever happen to the planet earth, and the thing is, the book is barely over 100 pages long.

I'll read more from Nietzsche, especially since most of his books can be found for free and I would recommend this book to those curious of his works. Despite the books angry repetition, it does leave you with pondering thoughts and in all honesty, I think even those that are highly religious could learn something out of this book.
Kata
Nietzche follows his basic premise of 'The worst thing to happen to humanity is Christianity' through out his book, and will certainly make those who read this book uncomfortable, but challenging. This is a book for Christians, and non Christians alike as Nietzche presents truths about Christianity in addition to his own personal thoughts, leaving the reader with his own questions about Christianity.
Goltikree
Enjoyed reading FWN's take on Christianity's role in moral structure and social influence. Obviously, given the title of his work, he opposes Christianity to its core. I myself, if I have to choose, am predominantly Christian in my beliefs but I am not so narrow minded to where I prevent my self from experiencing differing view points. His take on religion, predominantly Christianity, seems rather pessimistic and best. Either way it was a good read. Enlightening to say the least.
Fato
In Nietzsche's earlier works, he made several allusions to "The Anti-Christ," a man Nietzsche hoped would eventually be born. Unlike the traditional religious connotation, however, Nietzsche's anti-christ is a man who has such a deep insight into the universe, so pure a skepticism, that he is able to see truth like none before him. Spun throughout Nietzsche's works are allusions to the characteristics which this individual would possess to deliver this great insight into the world.

As one of his later works, I hoped this book would be that story. I had hoped that Nietzsche would bring together the threads of this new world view into a single poignant moment. Unfortunately, Nietzsche is never so forward and organized and an expectation otherwise was perhaps doomed to disappointment.

Instead of this culmination of work, I found this book a trifle repetitive. Over the course of 90 pages, Nietzsche repeats many of the anti-religious themes embedded in his earlier works. For those interested in this aspect of his scholarship (or unfamiliar with his previous works), I imagine this would be an excellent collection of his thoughts. He uses numerous examples to clearly indicate his attitude towards the rise of Christ, in life, as an ideal to equal his favorite Hinduism. For most of the book, however, he tells the story of the fall of Christ, in death, to the selfish motives of his flock. He weaves a story of an ideal which was so beyond his followers to understand that it became a twisted message used to grasp power.

Perhaps more important then the collection of thoughts is the success Nietzsche has in expressing his respect for Christ the man. Never before in Nietzsche's readings had I understood where he casts blame for the fall of Christianity. This makes the book especially accessible and well worth the read for people interested in his anti-organized religion attitudes.
Rainpick
I was curious to read some Nietzsche. Didn't really know whay it was all about. Meh. It was interesting, at least.
Gandree
Friedrich Nietzsche's The Antichrist is an excellent read. It also arrived about a day after I ordered it, so was very convenient.