Nietzsche’s bold belief in God’s death grew out of his firm resolution that Christianity was a negative force. Christianity’s stress on the virtue of such things as meekness and poverty did not inspire people to better themselves; it simply made laziness and lack-of-progress appear to be acceptable if not recommended (De Botton 237). In addition to harmfully encouraging mediocrity, Christianity (according to Nietzsche) dangerously denied the importance of the individual by proposing predefined paths to supposed greatness. Christianity, therefore, robbed humanity of the personal vitality of living. According to Nietzsche’s belief in the neces...
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...g that Christianity evolved to a point where it only ostensibly held real meaning concerning God, Nietzsche and the death of God theologians in effect asserted that Christian thought became a matter of nominalism. The name and concept of God only held import within the parameters of a society’s own thoughts, and God was meaningless in the context of contemporary America. The religious incorporation of secularization appeared in such contexts as the stress by Hamilton and others on Jesus Christ’s importance. According to both the ideas of the 1960s and Nietzsche, Christianity needed to adapt in order to survive. The history of America brought the nation to a position where spiritual ideas could only exist as a part of the secular world; and in asserting that God was dead, Nietzsche and the thinkers of the death of God theology acknowledged this condition of society.
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