The Antichrist

Suppressed passages

The word idiot

§ 29 contains three words that were suppressed by Nietzsche's sister in 1895. The words are: "the word idiot (das Wort Idiot)." H.L. Mencken's English translation does not contain these words. However, in 1931, the words were reinstated by Josef Hofmiller. The English translations of Walter Kaufmann and R.J. Hollingdale contain them. According to Kaufmann, Nietzsche was referring to Dostoevsky's book The Idiot and its naïve protagonist.

Christ's words to the thief on the cross

In §35, Nietzsche wanted to convey the idea that, to Christ, Heaven is a subjective state of mind.[71] In order to accomplish this goal, Nietzsche parodied a passage from the New Testament, which the Nietzsche-Archiv, headed by Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, decided to suppress so that there would be no doubt as to the strict correctness of Nietzsche's use of the Bible.[72] According to Nietzsche,[73] one of the thieves, who was also being crucified, said, "This was truly a divine man, a child of God!" Nietzsche had Christ reply, "If you feel this, you are in Paradise, you are a child of God."[74] In the Bible, only Luke related a dialogue between Christ and the thief in which the thief said, "This man has done nothing wrong" to which, Christ replied, "Today I tell you, you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23: 39-43) Nietzsche had the thief speaking the words that the centurion later spoke in Luke 23: 47, Matthew 27: 54, and Mark 15: 39. In these passages, Christ was called the Son of God by the soldier. The Nietzsche Archives' suppression was lifted in later editions and now appears exactly as Nietzsche wrote.[69][75]

A young prince

In § 38, there is a reference to a young prince who professes to be a Christian but acts in a very worldly manner. The passage about this "junger Fürst, an der Spitze seiner Regimenter" [young prince at the head of his regiments] was suppressed in order to avoid comparison to Wilhelm II.

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Nietzsche, in § 62, criticized the reckoning of time from Christ's birth (anno Domini). "...one calculates time from the unlucky day on which this fatality arose -- from the first day of Christianity!" This passage was judged by Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz to be unworthy of publication.

Decree

Nietzsche's "Decree against Christianity" was also suppressed. This consists of seven propositions:

  • First proposition:— Every type of anti-nature is depraved (e.g. Original sin)
  • Second proposition:— Participation in religion is an assassination attempt on public morality (e.g. Just war theory)
  • Third proposition:— Sacred (earthly) things which Christianity has deified should be eradicated (e.g. Sacred sites and rituals )
  • Fourth proposition:— The Christian teaching on chastity is a public instigation to anti-nature (e.g. Christian modesty)
  • Fifth proposition:— The Christian priest is a chandala — he should be ostracized, starved for preferring discourse and declining food at a banquet (e.g. the sacrifice of fasting)
  • Sixth proposition: This is the transvaluation of values in which the divine becomes criminal, etc.
  • Seventh proposition: Christianity (as religion rather than as a philosophy) is the ultimate evil: (as explained in this article).

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