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Single Idea 20247

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

Full Idea

Not what is Christian in it, rather the universal heathenism of its rituals is the reason for the propogation of this world religion.

Gist of Idea

Christianity was successful because of its heathen rituals


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 070)

A Reaction

I'm afraid I think this is right. I grew up bewildered by the lack of content in the rituals of church services. Even austere protestants manage to sing and recite. Maybe philosophies should do this - wanted: new Cartesian and Kantian rituals!

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.51