God Is Dead Essay

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“God is dead. God remains dead, and we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become Gods simply to appear worthy of it?” (2). This quote was said by one of the greatest philosophers to have lived; Friedrich Nietzsche. Although Friedrich Nietzsche is not as well known as some of the philosophers that we’ve discussed in class; such as Plato, Descartes, or Socrates, he and his ideas have influenced the views of modern philosophy today. Friedrich Nietzsche is a german philosopher that was born October 15, 1844 and died at the ago of 55 on August 25th, 1900. Although Friedrich Nietzsche died at a fairly young age it doesn't mean that he didn't leave us with anything to remember him by. A few of his greatest works were; “The Will to Power, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, Antichrist and, The Gay Science” (6). The last of which I will be talking about in this essay because it contains Nietzsche’s; “God is Dead” pronouncement, which is what this paper will pertain to.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s, “God is dead” idea is not exactly what is sounds, or appears to be at first. Although it may seem to be a very “antichrist”, or a “anti religious” statement it actually pertains to the dependency our society has on religion, and “how the idea of God has lost it’s full creative force, its full power”(5). The main argument that Friedrich Nietzsche has with this idea is that he is the first person to realize the death of God, people in our society are under the false impression that we have faith in God. The truth; to Nietzsche, is that were all proclaiming false worship to an empty religion that has died, we’re just too “blind” or simply unable to see that because we’re all too scared of what will happen to our lives with a “God”. The way that Friedrich Nietzsche decided to display this message was in the form of a story called The Madman. “Have you ever heard of the madman who on a bright morning lighted a lantern and ran to the market-place calling out unceasingly: “I seek God! I seek God!”…”Where is God gone?” he called out. “I mean to tell you! We have killed him - you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done it?”… Do we not smell the divine putrefaction? - for even Gods putrefy! God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!” (5). This story; when looked at in the same perspective that Friedrich Nietzsche, depicts the overall decline of Christianity as a whole throughout the world. He realized that with the discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo that the world was no longer as “innocent” as it were before. The scale size of the earth in comparison to everything else...

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