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 +====== FN.-AC. §61 ======
 +===== The Antichrist. =====
 +<​tab>​Here it becomes necessary to call up a memory that must be a hundred times more painful to Germans. The Germans have destroyed for Europe the last great harvest of civilization that Europe was ever to reap–the //​Renaissance//​. Is it understood at last, //will// it ever be understood, //what// the Renaissance was? //The transvaluation of Christian values//,​–an attempt with all available means, all instincts and all the resources of genius to bring about a triumph of the //​opposite//​ values, the more //noble// values.... This has been the one great war of the past; there has never been a more critical question than that of the Renaissance–it is //my// question too–; there has never been a form of //attack// more fundamental,​ more direct, or more violently delivered by a whole front upon the center of the enemy! To attack at the critical place, at the very seat of Christianity,​ and there enthrone the more noble values–that is to say, to //​insinuate//​ them into the instincts, into the most fundamental needs and appetites of those sitting there.... I see before me the //​possibility//​ of a perfectly heavenly enchantment and spectacle:​–it seems to me to scintillate with all the vibrations of a fine and delicate beauty, and within it there is an art so divine, so infernally divine, that one might search in vain for thousands of years for another such possibility;​ I see a spectacle so rich in significance and at the same time so wonderfully full of paradox that it should arouse all the gods on Olympus to immortal laughter–//​Caesar Borgia as pope!//... Am I understood?​... Well then, //that// would have been the sort of triumph that //I// alone am longing for today–: by it Chrstianity [Christianity] would have been //swept away//​!–What happened? A German monk, Luther, came to Rome. This monk, with all the vengeful instincts of an unsuccessful priest in him, raised a rebellion //against// the Renaissance in Rome.... Instead of grasping, with profound thanksgiving,​ the miracle that had taken place: the conquest of Christianity at its //​capital//​–instead of this, his hatred was stimulated by the spectacle. A religious man thinks only of himself.–Luther saw only the //​depravity//​ of the papacy at the very moment when the opposite was becoming apparent: the old corruption, the //peccatum originale//,​ Christianity itself, no longer occupied the papal chair! Instead there was life! Instead there was the triumph of life! Instead there was a great yea to all lofty, beautiful and daring things!... And Luther //restored the church//: he attacked it.... The Renaissance–an event without meaning, a great futility!–Ah,​ these Germans, what they have not cost us! //​Futility//​–that has always been the work of the Germans.–The Reformation;​ Liebnitz. [Leibnitz]; Kant and so-called German philosophy; the war of “liberation”;​ the empire–every time a futile substitute for something that once existed, for something //​irrecoverable//​.... These Germans, I confess, are my enemies: I despise all their uncleanliness in concept and valuation, their cowardice before every honest yea and nay. For nearly a thousand years they have tangled and confused everything their fingers have touched; they have on their conscience all the half-way measures, all the three-eighths-way measures, that Europe is sick of,–they also have on their conscience the uncleanest variety of Christianity that exists, and the most incurable and indestructible–Protestantism.... If mankind never manages to get rid of Christianity the //Germans// will be to blame....
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by Nietzsche =====
 +===== Similarities to aphorisms by others =====
 +===== Academic interpretations =====
 +===== Other connections =====
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