"God Is Dead" Nietzsche's Proclamation To The "Advent Of Nihilism"

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Frederick Nietzsche states clearly his reasoning for "God is dead, God remains dead, and we have killed him". This statement has brought many to ponder the reasoning of Nietzsche's position. Western Civilization and its culture are to blame according to Nietzsche. The "Advent of Nihilism" is also to blame for the death of God. Nietzsche believes there is no objective order or structure in the world except what we give it. This belief or theory struck a chord in the global community after it circulated throughout the world.Nihilism, simply stated is the belief in nothing. No faith or greater power, no creator of the world. Man is his own God, his own judge and jury. Nietzsche's argument is that with the "advent of nihilism", man began to change his beliefs and faith in an all knowing, all powerful creator and instead, needs no master. The definition of nihilism could be taken as there is no free will due to every action being caused by an event or action before it. This lack of free would then take God out of the picture and make man his own master, or does it?If every action was caused by an event or action before hand, the question that remains is what action spurred this whole ball rolling which is the world? Anotherquestion would be, how can man be his own master if actions are determined by other actions or events and not from man itself? Not predetermined by an all-mighty creator or God. This is a large hole in the Nietzsche theory of "God is dead".Nietzsche is not out to disprove all old values but rather, testing them to see which ones hold up to a modern test. I think Nietzsche believes that old philosophical and religious beliefs have been dressed up from years and centuries of different leadership. This could be the reasoning for Nietzsche to take such a skeptical approach on God and more closely Christianity."Free Will is an invention for blaming the guilty". Nietzsche believes this is moralization and creation for the sake of moralization. The idea of Free Will comes with the very basic principles of Christianity. God creates man and gives him Free Will, man has the options of either obeying God's laws or disobeying them. If those laws are disobeyed, punishment shall occur to the unlawful.If man does not have the ability to choose his or her own fate, why live at all? Plato and Socrates both seem to believe that it was better to be dead than alive. Socrates even let himself be a martyr in order to secure his legacy and achieve death at the same time.The idea of Free Will is not an option for man is can be the only reality. If man cannot decide his own fate then life would not be worth living. Free will let's man pick and choose his fate by the actions he chooses. No Free Will would mean everything is already determined based on mitigating factors in which we had nothing to do with.Although we...

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