‘The Antichrist’ sees Nietzsche beam his searchlight on Christianity in an effort to expose its decadent values. The attack on Christianity is part of Nietzsche’s overall aim of forcing a radical reevaluation of values where we begin to see things differently and develop a more life-affirming morality
‘The Antichrist’ explores a range of themes that were presented with an equally varied array of stylistic choices. We take a look at some of the most important themes in the Antichrist.
Some of the most enduring quotes from ‘The Antichrist’ address in short succinct sentences Nietzsche’s issues with the historical falsification and intellectual dishonesty inherent in Christianity.
Nietzsche’s strong condemnation of Christianity in “The Antichrist” has attracted diverse reactions from people over the years. His work was condemned by the Christian church, by Western allies during the world wars who thought Nietzsche’s work emphasized “might is right” ideals; by historians and Christian apologetics who were not satisfied with Nietzsche’s reconstruction of Christian history and many other groups with other bones to pick.
Nietzsche wrote “The Antichrist” to be first among a proposed gigantic work concerning the re-evaluation of all values. Through the contents of the book, we see that the first of those values which he wants to extinguish had strong ties to Christianity, either as an expression of its direct doctrines or in disguised forms within the philosophy of supposedly secular philosophers.