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Written over 100 years ago, The Antichrist by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is a thought-provoking piece of literature in which Nietzsche urges the listener to be honest and critical in regards to previously accepted thoughts of modern Christianity. He suggests that the current basis for what is right and wrong, happiness and sadness, and other essential concepts is completely backward. Instead, every end result can be measured based on what Nietzsche calls the "will to power".

Obtaining more power is what causes happiness, and power is behind what is foundationally right. Weakness is the lack of power and causes sadness, and is therefore wrong. The author urges society to turn away from the current hierarchy and return to instinct, that internal draw toward gaining power. Pity is considered a weakness and can lead to depression. Instead, the book argues, an individual should focus on only what makes the individual stronger.

Although Nietzsche takes a very antireligious viewpoint, the title The Antichrist is slightly misleading, and the listener should not think of the book as the opposite of Christ. While the work does question religion, the author does not mention devil worship. The book was originally written in German and translated to English.

Public Domain (P)2015 A.R.N. Publications

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Nietzche at his best

This short little book is the culmination of Nietzche's thoughts on Christianity. The passion with which he makes his case against what he sees as the greatest pathology of Western culture is as moving as if he were writing a love poem to the human spirit. In his rich depiction of Christ we see an admiration and awe for the raw essence of the Gospel, as opposed to the polluted and scornful message of the early Church that immediately eclipsed the effulgence of Christ's teachings, and has colored our understanding them to this day.

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If you had 10 stars I would have rated it 10

Consumed in one breath! Such an opus. All those remarks about this book and low ratings in Audible, Amazon and Goodreads coming from deeply religious people are just pathetic. Rock solid arguments of Friedrich drill ill ring fenced paradigms of those. There is nothing anti Semitic, fascistic in this book as they claim, rather just nicely designed thought provoking construct of thinking. I loved it.

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Do not be put off by the title. READ IT.

Although the narrator lacks expressiveness, (lack thereof may be intentional)
this book is invaluable in its concepts and very much worthwhile.

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