November 16, 2010
William James's Defense of Saintliness
Mark Vernon, The Guardian
One of Friedrich Nietzsche's fiercest attacks on Christianity pitches against the exalted virtues of saintliness. He believed the worship of the crucified encouraged a vile, slave mentality in its adherents. It's partly a result of being required to submit to a superior deity; partly a result of the moral demand to serve others. Christianity, he concluded, is dehumanising.
TAGGED: Friedrich Nietzsche