What think ye of Nietzsche
A post from Jacob…
Among religious thinkers, as you would expect, Nietzsche has predictably been portrayed as a negative figure, a malevolent soul who inspired a kind of atheist renaissance in the 19th century. My philosophy teacher at BYU, however, suggested otherwise. What most people don’t realize is the kind of atmosphere Nietzsche was living in. Although a contemporary of Joseph Smith, he lived the duration of his life in a Europe where the decadence and corruption of prevailing religious practices was astounding and pervasive. From this vantage point, our teacher suggested that Nietzsche was, in fact, ACCURATELY seeing the surrounding cultural landscape for the “nauseaus” and heartbreaking reality it actually was. Rather than a deformed, demented man, we learned that Nietzsche may have been, in reality, a man of such enormous sensitivity that he couldn’t help coming to the conclusion he did based on what he was seeing. . . the proverbial canary in the cultural mine-gone-toxic.
Was European Christianity so apostate to justify Nietzsche’s statement that “God is dead?”