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The reference to the Antichrist is not intended to refer to the biblical Antichrist but is rather an attack on the "slave morality" and apathy of Western Christianity. Nietzsche's basic claim is that Christianity is a poisoner of western culture and perversion of the words of and practice of Jesus. Throughout the text, Nietzsche is very critical of institutionalized religi ...more
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Published April 13th 2002 by Adamant Media Corporation (first published June 2nd 1895)
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Fabian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Antichrist" begins with the writer's egotistical pledge to become immortal, & then he pretty much backs his shit up. Masterfully. He identifies his readership & reading Nietzsche is like joining a secret club that's more than a century old. Indeed, one feels like a pariah when trying to discern the 2000+ year old lie.

So, after this, perhaps THE quintessential Anti-Christian argument, the question is--why do people STILL believe? I believe that they have all, as its the most obvious conclusi
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BlackOxford
The Mob and Its Conceits

This is the H. L. Mencken translation. I don’t know how well it captures Nietzsche’s native style; but it certainly captures Mencken’s. I think Mencken’s introduction alone is worth the price of admission. While it distorts Nietzsche as much as any “outraged Mississippi Methodist,” it summarises rather well Mencken’s genius and his utter derangement. Profound insights are mixed with trivial absurdities in about equal measure. The former include his observations about demo
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Randy Hulshizer
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when i was in high school back the the late 80's. I was not certain about my philosophical or theological viewpoints at the time, and I expected to be met with a well thought out argument against Christianity. This is not what I found. Instead, I found the rantings of an angry man who was clearly reacting against Christians and the Church (proper) and wrongly leveling his disgust against Christianity itself. His arguments were weak and ill-formed at best. Needless to say, ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I will write a review of The Antichrist...it will involve growing up around my eloquent and Nietzsche-obsessed brother and the resulting aversion I have to every bit of his closet Libertarian, brazenly pro-Rand philosophy, and will break down the anti-humanitarian elements of Nietzche's diatribe which bother me, hinting at the seductive quality of his dominant, persuasive writing style and how I constantly struggle against disagreeing with him since he is, to all appearances, dead serious in bre ...more
Steven Godin
This is the sort of book you just know is going to get criticised before even opening the cover.
Nietzsche had an unwarranted hatred for Christianity. His worldview certainly does not make for a peaceful world and he was clearly in a grumpy mood when he wrote this. His world is one which the strong dominate and the weak are trampled upon and even destroyed. I guess he has a point there. This philosopher who spoke of the death of God is certainly going to rattle a few cages. He kind of fails becau
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Tifnie
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Um, WOW!

The anti-christ is really anti-Christianity. Nietzsche talks about how Christianity is the religion of the weak, the low, the botched and the "outcast among men".

He asks the reader, "why labour together, trust one another, or concern one's self about the common welfare, when every man, because he has an "immortal soul" is as good as every other man...that insignificant bigots and the three-fouths insane may assume that the laws of nature are constantly suspended in their behalf."

He furt
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Julie Rylie
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Nietzsche jedes mal, what can I say. I love his witty, sarcastic and controvertional thoughts.

I love how he starts the book by clamming the reader has to have achieved a certain state of consciousness to be able to read him and that they need seven solitudes experience to understand him.

what is happiness? The sensation that power is growing and one resistance has been tamed (lovely)

Being Nietzsche the anti Christ himself, he puts Christianity into such a down level that it’s impossibl
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~Bookishly
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Antichrist, is written by the philosopher, Frederich Nietzsche, and in this book, Nietzsche explains his view on Christianity, and he goes on to tell us how tremendously damaging it is to western civilisation. It is rather immediate to the reader, that he wishes Christianity to come to an end.

This short book presents itself as angry ramblings, and I found it to be rather intense. It certainly wasn't intense enough to put me off, though. I LOVED it. Nietzsche is masterful in his philosophical
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Alex
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was expecting a structured, rigorous, and objective argument against Christianity. Instead I found an anti-Semitic, sexist, elitist, emotionally garbled, and unstructured list of insults and rants degrading any religious or spiritual individual to an inherently weak, even sub-human entity. Considered by Mencken to be his magnum opus, the very death of God... personally, the only thing his work devours is its own very weak arguments.
Luís
"The Antichrist" is a bold charge against Christianity, or more precisely against what became of Christian morality at the time of Nietzsche. He accuses the priests in particular of having perverted the original message of Christ, of constituting the negation of life as an ideal and of leaving the real world to take refuge in an imaginary and false world.
I started reading this book a little too early: I had only read "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", one of Nietzsche's first books, and "The Antichrist"
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Mina Villalobos
As an atheist, I wish I had liked this better but it's too full of crazy name-calling and smug self congratulating and angry bellowing, leaving about only 1/3 of the book to explain his ideas. Which I can't say are super crazy, I mean, when it boils down to it, he says Catholicism is the anti-christ because it never understood Jesus's real message, which was to live naturally and in a sort of live-and-let-live(or die) way, and instead perverted the message and turned it into shenanigans about he ...more
Kevin Shepherd
"What does a priest care about science! He stands too high for that! And until now the priest has ruled! He it was who determined the concept "true and false."" (pg 11)

Nietzsche comes down so hard on christianity that he makes Christopher Hitchens look positively Presbyterian.

"This book belongs to the very few." ~FN

Nietzsche presupposes that this publication will not go over well with everyone. He states that only a person of sound intellect, one who is above "the wretched gabble of politics and
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Mochizuki
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unlike many other people who have reviewed this book, I do not believe that Nietzsche was an idiot. It is extremely obvious in The Antichrist, that Nietzsche was strongly right-wing, and therefore had a strongly right-wing outlook on life. This is NOT a book for someone who is NOT right-wing themself, and also CLOSED-MINDED TOWARD OTHER WAYS OF THINKING.
Its true, Nietzsche's beliefs are not democratic. He did not believe that all men were created equal. He believed that strength was good, that
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Mike

Wikipedia says that the German Der Antichrist could conceivably be translated into English as either The Anti-Christ or The Anti-Christian; but translator Walter Kaufmann (a name that brings me back to college philosophy classes; it always seemed like that guy had translated just about everything) opted for The Antichrist, no hyphen, noting that "a translation of the title as The Antichristian overlooks that Nietzsche plainly means to be as provocative as possible." Good old Nietzsche obviously
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Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Let me see now, in this book Nietzsche is against equality, wants a return to the older values, and believes in a special privileged class. That is the exact same components that make up American Fascist or American First Members or what I prefer to call Trumpites. The book ‘Behold, America’ by Churchwell pretty much framed her narrative around those three components.

In addition to those components necessary for Trumpism, Nietzsche added one more, let your feeling be your guide and trust in you
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Shradhanjali  Lama
I Give this one a 5 star based not merely on his merits of writing but because of his radical ideas. I will not, however, review the book. I am just flabbergasted at his ideas and how his psyche worked. I loved this book not just because I am an atheist but because some of the points that he makes are actually true. Oh! and the dry sarcasm that surfaces every now and then were as wonderful as his ideas.

"I dont know either the way out or the way in; I am whatever doesn't know the way out

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Muhammad Arqum
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Phew!
Nietzsche shows no mercy! Nietzsche takes no prisoners! He goes all cut throat, guns blazing, shrapnel flying all bad ass against Christianity and the Christian God. Nietzsche is what the modern day junior-level atheists like Dawkins and what not want to be like but obviously can't, for they lack the "madness" Nietzsche had! Oh when that sinks in it gives you shudders.
Religion requires reformers every now and then. The world requires people like Nietzsche to pull their shit together. His a
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Sidharth Vardhan
I had a liberal access to internet only when I was already in college. And I developed a very quick obsession for Wikipedia and Wikiquote surfing. When I tumbled about Nietzsche's Wikiquote fan, I became a fan. But reading 'beyond good and evil' was a disappointment. All the good parts of it I had already read on his Wikiquote experience. It is as if his best always comes in aphorisms - you read Wikiquote, you can say you have read Nietzsche, well the good parts. (I felt same thing with Oscar Wi ...more
Omnipotent Dystopian Now
"Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity."

If that pissed you off, then this book IS NOT for you. However, if it has sparked your curiosity-if you have always been a bit suspicious about the fact that all religion was created by man and not God-this book IS for you. Nietzsche suggests that religion (specifically Christianity) promotes ignorance and arrogance, that "faith vetoes science" while the intellectual mind is frowned upon, and that the creators of our religiou
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Mεδ Rεδħα
"Antichrist" is an insolent charge against Christianity, or more precisely against what became Christian morality in Nietzsche's time. In particular, he accuses the priests of having perverted the original message of Christ, of constituting in ideal the negation of life and of leaving the real world to take refuge in an imaginary and false world.
I started reading this book a little too early: I had read only "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", one of the first books of Nietzsche, and "The Antichrist" is o
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David
In this book, Nietzsche scrutinizes the Christian religion. He uses his familiar weapons - his logic, sharp wit, and bold satire - to present a case to the reader for growing out of this old belief system. There is no doubt Nietzsche tries to provoke those sympathetic to Christianity and those readers might perhaps find his rhetoric bullying at times. And, I would be quite surprised if a fundamentalist Christian made it past the first few pages. However, this work is not a series of mean potshot ...more
Jonah Swan
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Nietzsche's most incisive criticism is that Judeo-Christian morals invert the truly noble human virtues (honor, pride, beauty, and power), replacing them with diminutive human qualities such as pity, humility, meekness, and submissiveness. In Nietzsche's opinion, only a slave class would extol the virtues of humility and submissiveness and pity. Only a slave class would resent strength and power and beauty. Nietzsche believes that the values of meekness, humility, and pity constitute a resentmen ...more
Dario
Mar 29, 2020 added it
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What a fascinating and intriguing little book this is, much more complex and challenging than it's title perhaps suggests. Anyone familiar with Nietzsche's work will have encountered his hostility to Christianity. His opposition to Christianity is not insignificant; in fact, it is key to understanding some of his most fundamental positions. It is in Christianity that Nietzsche identifies the antithesis of all that he finds beautiful and inspiring in life. Towards his later works in particular he ...more
Thrasymachus
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, philosophy
A wild rant against Christianity, in which the Roman Empire is imagined as Plato's Republic, St. Paul becomes the villain of history, and Jesus is somehow transfigured into a prototype for Camus' "Stranger".
Marc
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, religion
Read in Dutch. Many clever insights that have become common place in the meantime. Yet in his criticism on religion Nietzsche focusses on secondary issues.
Chris Huff
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'd give it zero stars if I could.

In the preface alone, it's clear that Ni­et­zsche suffered from delusions of grandeur. In his opinion, to understand him takes one who has "in­tel­lec­tual in­tegrity to the verge of hard­ness." I don't doubt that it takes a hard heart toward God to accept his arguments, but to say that only the most intellectual of people will even understand him is pretty much the height of egotism.

I will quote many things written in this work, not because they are with repeat
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Madalin Boboc
I liked the passion that his writing style managed to convey,I haven't read other philosophy book whit such intensity as this,it was a rush of blood from the guts to the head.
There where some really good arguments about how Christianity weakness the active and creative power in people and how the same goes for Schopenhauer's pessimism and Buddhism.Still,he regarded Buddhism above church Christianity,because Buddha talked against something real:suffering, and not an invented concept like sin,an
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George
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book provides you all the arsenal you will need to "fight" on discussions around religion and blind faith. I would call it a foundation book on soul and beliefs searching. Where all your beliefs are based on? How the superstitions play a roll in your life? How do you fight the voices of good and bad within your mind? Where is your faith placed upon?
Nietzsche is strongly fighting against Christianity but I kept more his lessons of how we should create our own beliefs, of how we control our
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Frederik Vandelannoote
I don't think this work will convince any Catholics. Much of his arguments can also be found in other of his works - but as always with Nietzsche, his literary style is unsurpassed.
Filip Boberić
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I despise Christianity as well, but this is just a bunch of rants, contradictions, inaccuracies, false analogies, arrogant, hateful and meaningless statements.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life- ...more

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