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 +====== FN.-AC. §56 ======
 +===== The Antichrist. =====
 +<​tab>​–In the last analysis it comes to this: what is the //end// of lying? The fact that, in Christianity,​ “holy” ends are not visible is //my// objection to the means it employs. Only //bad// ends appear: the poisoning, the calumniation,​ the denial of life, the despising of the body, the degradation and self-contamination of man by the concept of sin–//​therefore//,​ its means are also bad.–I have a contrary feeling when I read the Code of Manu, an incomparably more intellectual and superior work, which it would be a sin against the //​intelligence//​ to so much as //name// in the same breath with the Bible. It is easy to see why: there is a genuine philosophy behind it, //in// it, not merely an evil-smelling mess of Jewish rabbinism and superstition,​–it gives even the most fastidious psychologist something to sink his teeth into. And, //not// to forget what is most important, it differs fundamentally from every kind of Bible: by means of it the //nobles//, the philosophers and the warriors keep the whip-hand over the majority; it is full of noble valuations, it shows a feeling of perfection, an acceptance of life, and triumphant feeling toward self and life–the //sun// shines upon the whole book.–All the things on which Christianity vents its fathomless vulgarity–for example, procreation,​ women and marriage–are here handled earnestly, with reverence and with love and confidence. How can any one really put into the hands of children and ladies a book which contains such vile things as this: “to avoid fornication,​ let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband; ... it is better to marry than to burn”?​((I. [1] Corinthians vii, 2, 9.[--Ed.])) And is it //​possible//​ to be a Christian so long as the origin of man is Christianized,​ which is to say, //​befouled//,​ by the doctrine of the //​immaculata conceptio//?​... I know of no book in which so many delicate and kindly things are said of women as in the Code of Manu; these old grey-beards and saints have a way of being gallant to women that it would be impossible, perhaps, to surpass. “The mouth of a woman,” it says in one place, “the breasts of a maiden, the prayer of a child and the smoke of sacrifice are always pure.” In another place: “there is nothing purer than the light of the sun, the shadow cast by a cow, air, water, fire and the breath of a maiden.” Finally, in still another place–perhaps this is also a holy lie–: “all the orifices of the body above the navel are pure, and all below are impure. Only in the maiden is the whole body pure.”
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by Nietzsche =====
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by others =====
 +===== Academic interpretations =====
 +===== Other connections =====
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