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 +====== FN.-AC. §39 ======
 +===== The Antichrist. =====
 +<​tab>​–I shall go back a bit, and tell you the //​authentic//​ history of Christianity.–The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding–at bottom there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross. The “Gospels” //died// on the cross. What, from that moment onward, was called the “Gospels” was the very reverse of what //he// had lived: “bad tidings,” a //​Dysangelium//​.((So in the text. One of Nietzsche’s numerous coinages, obviously suggested by //​Evangelium//,​ the German for //​gospel//​.[--Ed.])) It is an error amounting to nonsensicality to see in “faith,​” and particularly in faith in salvation through Christ, the distinguishing mark of the Christian: only the Christian //way of life//, the life //lived// by him who died on the cross, is Christian.... To this day //such// a life is still possible, and for //certain// men even necessary: genuine, primitive Christianity will remain possible in all ages.... //Not// faith, but acts; above all, an //​avoidance//​ of acts, a different //state of being//.... States of consciousness,​ faith of a sort, the acceptance, for example, of anything as true–as every psychologist knows, the value of these things is perfectly indifferent and fifth-rate compared to that of the instincts: strictly speaking, the whole concept of intellectual causality is false. To reduce being a Christian, the state of Christianity,​ to an acceptance of truth, to a mere phenomenon of consciousness,​ is to formulate the negation of Christianity. //In fact, there are no Christians.//​ The “Christian”–he who for two thousand years has passed as a Christian–is simply a psychological self-delusion. Closely examined, it appears that, //despite// all his “faith,​” he has been ruled //only// by his instincts–and //what instincts//​!–In all ages–for example, in the case of Luther–”faith” has been no more than a cloak, a pretense, a //curtain// behind which the instincts have played their game–a shrewd //​blindness//​ to the domination of //certain// of the instincts.... I have already called “faith” the specially Christian form of //​shrewdness//​–people always //talk// of their “faith” and //act// according to their instincts.... In the world of ideas of the Christian there is nothing that so much as touches reality: on the contrary, one recognizes an instinctive //hatred// of reality as the motive power, the only motive power at the bottom of Christianity. What follows therefrom? That even here, in //​psychologicis//,​ there is a radical error, which is to say one conditioning fundamentals,​ which is to say, one in //​substance//​. Take away one idea and put a genuine reality in its place–and the whole of Christianity crumbles to nothingness!–Viewed calmly, this strangest of all phenomena, a religion not only depending on errors, but inventive and ingenious //only// in devising injurious errors, poisonous to life and to the heart–this remains a //spectacle for the gods//​–for those gods who are also philosophers,​ and whom I have encountered,​ for example, in the celebrated dialogues at Naxos. At the moment when their //disgust// leaves them (–and us!) they will be thankful for the spectacle afforded by the Christians: perhaps because of //this// curious exhibition alone the wretched little planet called the earth deserves a glance from omnipotence,​ a show of divine interest.... Therefore, let us not underestimate the Christians: the Christian, false //to the point of innocence//,​ is far above the ape–in its application to the Christians a well-known theory of descent becomes a mere piece of politeness....
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by Nietzsche =====
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by others =====
 +===== Academic interpretations =====
 +===== Other connections =====
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