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Article about the Apostle Paul
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A review of Garry Wills' What Paul Meant.

I still stand with Nietzsche on this issue:
The Jews are the very opposite of decadents: they have simply been forced into appearing in that guise, and with a degree of skill approaching the non plus ultra of histrionic genius they have managed to put themselves at the head of all decadent movements (--for example, the Christianity of Paul--), and so make of them something stronger than any party frankly saying Yes to life.
Nietzsche really liked Jews -- there's a misconception about this. And:
St. Paul, with that rabbinical impudence which shows itself in all his doings, gave a logical quality to that conception, that indecent conception, in this way: "If Christ did not rise from the dead, then all our faith is in vain!"--And at once there sprang from the Gospels the most contemptible of all unfulfillable promises, the shameless doctrine of personal immortality. . . Paul even preached it as a reward . . .
And, even more strongly, with a reference to Buddhism:
One now begins to see just what it was that came to an end with the death on the cross: a new and thoroughly original effort to found a Buddhistic peace movement, and so establish happiness on earth--real, not merely promised. For this remains--as I have already pointed out--the essential difference between the two religions of decadence: Buddhism promises nothing, but actually fulfills; Christianity promises everything, but fulfills nothing.--Hard upon the heels of the "glad tidings" came the worst imaginable: those of Paul. In Paul is incarnated the very opposite of the "bearer of glad tidings"; he represents the genius for hatred, the vision of hatred, the relentless logic of hatred. What, indeed, has not this dysangelist sacrificed to hatred! Above all, the Saviour: he nailed him to his own cross. The life, the example, the teaching, the death of Christ, the meaning and the law of the whole gospels--nothing was left of all this after that counterfeiter in hatred had reduced it to his uses. Surely not reality; surely not historical truth! . . . Once more the priestly instinct of the Jew perpetrated the same old master crime against history--he simply struck out the yesterday and the day before yesterday of Christianity, and invented his own history of Christian beginnings.
And:
What he wanted was power; in Paul the priest once more reached out for power--he had use only for such concepts, teachings and symbols as served the purpose of tyrannizing over the masses and organizing mobs. What was the only part of Christianity that Mohammed borrowed later on? Paul's invention, his device for establishing priestly tyranny and organizing the mob: the belief in the immortality of the soul--that is to say, the doctrine of "judgment".

And:
Paul was the greatest of all apostles of revenge. . . .
The reason I am not a Christian, and can never be one, despite eighteen years of training in the religion, is not because of Jesus, who had something to say, but because of the farcical metaphysics of Pauline Philosophy, the most disreputable perpetration of malignancy upon a religion and a culture and a civilization -- there's no comparison! Paul's is a philosophy of hate grafted onto a Jesuit vision of peace and understanding. The apostle Paul wishes to make your decisions, from 2,000 years in the past. And many still heed him.

May we abide by the spirit, not the letter, of law.

*All quotes taken from Nietzsche's The Antichrist.
*Note: I'm not angry today; this issue has angered me since my renunciation of Christianity in 1996. Religion lied to me.
 
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