Dismal theology tweet for the day, Smell-the-sickness edition


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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
II: Criticism of Morality

§286   Let us not deceive ourselves! When a man hears the whisper of the moral imperative in his breast, as altruism would have him hear it, he shows thereby that he belongs to the herd. When a man is conscious of the opposite feelings, that is to say, when he sees his danger and his undoing in disinterested and unselfish actions, then he does not belong to the herd.

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Theology quote for the day

You clearly imagine a cruel and demanding god. Why worship it?

P.Z. Myers

Yup. If you daughter dated a guy who treated her as Our Heavenly Father Who Loves Us treats humanity, you’d probably go after the slug with a baseball bat. You certainly wouldn’t daydream about spending eternity with the sociopath.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
II: Criticism of Morality

§285   My teaching is this, that the herd seeks to maintain and preserve one type of man, and that it defends itself on two sides; that is to say, against those who are decadents from its ranks (criminals, etc), and against those who rise superior to its dead level. The instincts of the herd tend to a stationary state of society; they merely preserve. They have no creative power.

The pleasant feelings of goodness and benevolence with which the just man fills us (as opposed to the suspense and the fear to which the great innovating man gives rise) are our own sensations of personal security and equality: in this way the herd animal glorifies the herd nature and then begins to feel at ease. This judgment on the part of the “comfortable” ones rigs itself out in the most beautiful words, and thus “morality” is born. Let anyone observe, however, the hatred of the herd for all truthful men.

Those readers who are from the American south will not be surprised to learn that Nietzsche’s earliest American sympathizers were from the Bible Belt.

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Theology-related quote for the day

Finally, if someone advocates an action that sounds a little bizarre take two steps. Look to see if such actions are advocated or demonstrated on a routine basis in the Bible. Secondly, if it sounds weird, it is most likely weird. Trust yourself a bit more.

Dee, at the Wartburg Watch

Seriously: “Trust yourself a bit more” deserves some kind of prize for clear-headed common-sense; it would shut down the predatory side of religion overnight, which is too often about exploiting insecurities for the pastor’s gain.

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