What Is Nietzsche's Argument Against Religion

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1. Between Ivan Karamazov and Nietzsche, I think that Nietzsche makes the stronger argument against religious faith. Nietzsche, in Section 2 of the Antichrist, begins by condemning Christianity by saying “Active pity for all the failures and all the weak: Christianity.” Christianity gives people hope for the failures and weaknesses by letting them slide. It doesn’t teach them that they should grow stronger from their mistakes. Instead, it tells them that failing is okay because they tried and didn’t succeed. This is understandable but it shouldn’t be something that people continue to follow. Nietzsche believes that “Christianity should not be beautified and embellished: it has waged a deadly war against this higher type of man…the reprobate …show more content…
In The Antichrist, Nietzsche exclaims that when humans feel anxiety and scared, they immediately offer away their power to people who aren’t worthy and reliable enough and who will use the power other’s give them to make their own status/power even greater. Nietzsche, specifically, makes this argument when it comes to priests. To him, priests “hold all great concepts in his hand; he plays them out with benevolent contempt…horrors or vices” (Sec 8, 575). Priests try to make us believe that they know the truth and how we should live. They want us to believe that they know how we should live and what is right and wrong. People give into this fact and allow priests to see that it’s what gives them power and meaning. Nietzsche knew that if people kept giving in, priests would continue to feed off the power that the people give them. Nietzsche believes as well that “As long as the priest is considered a higher type of man—this professional negator, slanderer, and poisoner of life—there is no answer to the question: what is truth?” (Sec 8, 575). If we continue to give into the belief that priests hold what is the truth and what is a lie, then they have won. This is what gives them their power. We allow them to forgive our “sins” or wrongdoings because they declare what is a wrongful action or what is a righteous action. Comparing this to American culture today, Nietzsche is completely correct. We feed our power to these “figureheads” like the Kardashians and politicians like Hillary Clinton or Trump. Specifically, society looks up to Kim Kardashian and her life because of a sex-tape she made which made Kim famous. From that, it gave her publicity and fortune which should have never been grown out of something like that. But, society has given her this ability to enhance her life and she could care less about anyone else but herself and her family, in the end. Even, Hillary Clinton and Trump have their own intentions in mind and could generally care less what the people

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