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Single Idea 20245

[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity]

Full Idea

You can say what you like: Christianity wanted to liberate humanity from the burden of the demands of morality by pointing out a shorter way to perfection, or so it believed.

Gist of Idea

Christianity hoped for a short cut to perfection, that skipped the hard labour of morality


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 059)

A Reaction

This conjures up Graham Greene's Catholic heroes, who wallow in sin, but hope for salvation at the last moment.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.43