Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Why Nietzsche should be every Christian's favorite philosopher
A couple of weeks ago I posted here about the lack of intellectual honesty in the various objections to Christ and his Church. I stated in that post that I've never seen an intellectually honest objection to either. I was mistaken and I take that back; I've seen one: that of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche not only produced the only honest objection to Christianity I've ever heard, but is also the only honest atheist I've ever "met." He knew what Christianity was/is: a "revaluation of all values." He was not too stupid and/or ashamed (as all modern atheists are) to admit the fact of the matter: that Christianity is a religion of love (of God and others) and peace, a complete reversal of pre-Christian pagan life and thought. Importantly, he also saw that same pre-Christian paganism for what it was: brutal and selfish.
He found no need to invent lies about Christ's personal sanctity or to vastly exaggerate the quality and quantity of the Crusades and Inquisition. Indeed, such objections would have been objectionable to him.
He saw it and said it like it was. He, though, chose the brutal, selfish paganism of pre-Christian times over the gentleness of Christianity. Clearly, I disagree with his choice here, but I respect him for making it honestly. Modern atheists could learn much from Nietzsche, and, for that matter, so could Christians.