Nietzsche’s Take On Religion Essay

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Nietzsche attacks religion for its stance against of healthy instinctive values and the intolerance and complacency that religion breeds.(Nietzsche 52) Nietzsche believed that the Christen morality prevented us from reaching our full potential as human beings(Janaway). Nietzsche most classical explanation for how this repressing of healthy values, such as passion and ambition occurred is the slave revolt. In this theory he states that the priestly classes of the ancient world invented an evaluative system for the downtrodden, according to which what their masters considered virtues, such as pride and strength are evil(Milgram 93). A result of this is this pervasive feeling of self guilt when our natural instincts provoke such feelings from within us, which has a negative impact on our mental health (Janaway).
Nietzsche’s critique of religion has a lot of merit. To use an example from Nietzsche’s works, if you do not appreciate the dentist who rips out a sore tooth, why then would you follow a value system that kills all passion to prevent one from their stupidity(Nietzsche 51). While many of the values that Christianity condemns have the potential to be harmful,t many positive things may come from them. Ask the question, who does more good; the humble Mother Teressa serving soup to the poor or the greedy Bill Gates providing jobs for millions of people? The humanist values urged by Nietzsche offer a healthier lifestyle than those urged by Christianity. Take enmity for example. Whether it is witches in Salem or heretics in medieval times, in every age the church has tried to destroy its enemies. Immoralist, those who follow anti-Christian morals, recognize the advantage in keeping our adversaries around, and thus are more tolerant(Nietzsche 50). After all, what is a anti-Christian if there are no Christians? This Nietzschian mind set also promotes rationality and adaptability, of the rigidity and stagnation of a theistic point of view. Where religion deals in absolutes and thus is never wrong and cannot be changed, the Immoralist view point requires one to engage in systematic thoughts reflecting on philosophers and intellectuals to try to reach a collective consensus about what is the correct way to solve this problem that is before you as it is now(Sinnott-Armstrong). To better understand this problem, lets look at a relevant problem in the world today, the use of condoms. If one is to follow a Catholic view point, the use of condoms is a sin that cannot be condoned under any circumstance. But what about the aids epidemic in...

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