Zen and Nietzsche
Nietzsche says: ‘God is a sacred lie (eine heilige Lüge).’1 He is not saying that ‘God is a lie’ as many atheists and anti-religionists do. Rather, he affirms that God is ‘the sacred’. In that respect, Nietzsche is in agreement with religionists who believe in God. But, Nietzsche does not stop there. He in effect says: ‘God is sacred. And yet, God is a lie precisely in being sacred.’ Nietzsche’s statement should be understood in this fashion.
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- 17.Heidegger: Holzwege, (Frankfurt a. M. 1950) p. 199.Google Scholar