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Nietzsche, Psychohistory, and the Birth of Christianity

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by Morgan Rempel

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December 2002

Praeger

Pages 168
Volumes 1
Size 5 1/2x8 1/4
Topics The Arts/General
Description

Despite characterizing himself as the antichrist, Nietzsche had great respect for Jesus and his message and often identified with his life. His opinion of early Christianity—and particularly of St. Paul, the single most hated figure in Nietzsche's passionate career—however, was very different. This volume brings order to Nietzsche's scattered reflections on Jesus, St. Paul, and the birth of Christianity by tracing the development of his ideas and examining the intellectual reality behind his deliberately confrontational remarks concerning early Christianity's key players. By analyzing exactly what it is that Nietzsche celebrates and identifies with in the life and message of Jesus, and criticizes so harshly in the case of St. Paul, the author provides fresh insight into the mind and the philosophy of one of the 19th century's most original thinkers.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Early Psychological Observation: Pre-Antichrist Reflection on Jesus
The Psychology of the Redeemer: The Antichrist's Jesus
The Death of Jesus: Zarathustra and the Antichrist
The Road to Damascus
Christian Misunderstandings
The Genius of Paul
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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Reviews

Rempel is among a growing number of philosophers who take seriously Nietzsche's declaration in Ecce Homo that a psychologist without equal speaks from my writings. And in this exemplary study, Rempel elucidates quite well how Nietzsche used his distinctive method of genealogical analysis--here conceptualized as psychohistory--to trace the birth of Christianity to the subterranean fears and desires that animated both the psyches and outward behavior of Jesus, Saint Paul, and the first Christians....Highly recommended for all academic libraries. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty.—Choice

Sympathetic to Nietzsche's project, Morgan Rempel has provided Nietzsche scholars with a detailed monograph on Nietzsche's psychological history of Christianity, whose chief value, I suspect lies particularly in its extended exposition and treatment of Nietzsche's analyses of St. Paul, certainly a much neglected area in the Nietzsche literature ^INietzsche, Psychohistory, and the Birth of Christianity^R admirably fills this lacuna and therefore must be recommended to Nietzsche scholars working in the area of Nietzsche and Christianity, and indeed more generally to scholars in the area of Nietzsche, psychology and religion.—Studies in Religion

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