Introduction Gabriel Vahanian: From the Death of God to Wording and Worlding
When Zarathustra was alone he said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not heard of it, that God is dead!”
Thus Spake Zarathustra
To kill God is to become god oneself; it is to realize already on this earth the eternal life of which the Gospel speaks.
The Myth of Sisyphus
The god that can be pointed out is an idol, and the religiosity that makes an outward show is an imperfect form of religiosity.
Concluding Unscientific Postscript
The most dreadful sort of blasphemy is that of which “Christendom” is guilty: transforming the God of Spirit into… ludicrous twaddle. And the stupidest divine worship, more stupid than anything that is or was to be found in paganism, more stupid than worshipping a stone, an ox, an insect, more stupid that all that is—to worship under the name of God … a twaddler.
Attack Upon Christendom
KeywordsRadical Mutation Christian Faith Natural Theology Christian Tradition Ultimate Concern
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