God is Dead , we have killed him

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The death of God didn’t strike Nietzsche as an entirely good thing. Without a God, the basic belief system of Western Europe was in jeopardy.


It’s been 134 years since Friedrich Nietzsche declared: “God is Dead” (or Gott ist tot, in German), giving philosophy students a collective headache that’s lasted from the 19th century until today. It is, perhaps, one of the best known statements in all of philosophy, well known even to those who have never picked up a copy of The Gay Science, the book from which it originates. But do we know exactly what he meant? Or perhaps more importantly, what it means for us?

Nietzsche was an atheist for his adult life and didn’t mean that there was a God who had actually died, rather that our idea of one had. After the Enlightenment, the idea of a universe that was governed by physical laws and not by divine providence was now reality. Philosophy had shown that governments no longer needed to be organized around the idea of divine right to be legitimate, but rather by the consent or rationality of the governed — that large and consistent moral theories could exist without reference to God. This was a tremendous event. Europe no longer needed God as the source for all morality, value, or order in the universe; philosophy and science were capable of doing that for us. This increasing secularization of thought in the West led the philosopher to realize that not only was God dead but that human beings had killed him with their scientific revolution, their desire to better understand the world.

The death of God didn’t strike Nietzsche as an entirely good thing. Without a God, the basic belief system of Western Europe was in jeopardy, as he put it in Twilight of the Idols: “When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident… Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole.”


Nietzsche thought this could be a good thing for some people, saying: “... at hearing the news that 'the old god is dead', we philosophers and 'free spirits' feel illuminated by a new dawn.” A bright morning had arrived. With the old system of meaning gone a new one could be created, but it came with risks—ones that could bring out the worst in human nature. Nietzsche believed that the removal of this system put most people at the risk of despair or meaninglessness. What could the point of life be without a God? Even if there was one, the Western world now knew that he hadn’t placed us at the centre of the universe, and it was learning of the lowly origin from which man had evolved. We finally saw the true world. The universe wasn’t made solely for human existence anymore. Nietzsche feared that this understanding of the world would lead to pessimism, “a will to nothingness” that was antithetical to the life-affirming philosophy Nietzsche prompted.

"God Is Dead": What Nietzsche Really Meant
i am not for atheism i am for a secular society believe in any god you want, or no god, just dont push your trip in me man

"God Is Dead": What Nietzsche Really Meant

 
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What is so good about Christian morality?
That is a good question
Luke 6:31
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Do to others as you would have them do to you.

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Love Your Enemies
…30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would havethem do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.…

however 90% of the bible is total bullshit , parts are a total nightmare.. but to be fair theres some good shit there too​
 
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That is a good question
Luke 6:31
SUM PIC XRF DEV STU
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Study Bible
Love Your Enemies
…30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would havethem do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.…

however 90% of the bible is total bullshit , parts are a total nightmare.. but to be fair theres some good shit there too​
"…30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would havethem do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.…"

No one believes in those things.
 
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The death of God didn’t strike Nietzsche as an entirely good thing. Without a God, the basic belief system of Western Europe was in jeopardy.....
First, I think Nietzsche, an atheist, lifted the idea from a Buddhist philosophy of "If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him!". Those who know anything about Buddhism know what it means; the freeing of one's mind which is exactly what Nietzsche was pushing. Along with the Ubermensch, Nietzsche advocated discarding Christian morality. It's easy to see why the Third Reich loved Nietzsche so much since it allowed them to commit genocide of homosexuals, mental defectives, Gypsies, Jews and others without penalty of religious morality.

Second, it's easy to see why atheists latch onto Nietzsche for the same reasons. They can advocate a "logical" solution to social problems just like 1930s Germany did with machine efficiency.
 
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