November 16, 2010

William James's Defense of Saintliness

Mark Vernon, The Guardian


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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.

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