Nietzsche’s Coming God or the Redemption of the Divine
Review by Gwendolyn Taunton
Author: Abir Taha
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd (April 25, 2013)
Author Abir Taha takes on one of the thorniest and most difficult aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophy – the religious dimension of his work concerning Nietzsche’s attitude towards Christianity, Judaism and Hellenic Paganism. The end result of this is a fascinating exegesis of Nietzsche’s writing that challenges popular notions of his philosophy on a number of levels. Hurling down the gauntlet, Abir Taha claims that the ultimate goal of the “Death of God” is not one of atheism or nihilism, but rather the transformative act Nietzsche refers to as the “Reevaluation of All Values”. It is from this event that the Lebensphilosophie and the Ubermensch are created.
Beginning with the first chapter, the author asserts that instead of being strictly atheist, Nietzsche instead held a pantheistic vision, and that it is for this reason that his ideas come into conflict with the Christian Tradition. According to Taha, the old God has to ‘die’ so the values of society can be reshaped. Nietzsche is described as bringing the Judeo-Christian Tradition into contrast with the Traditions of Rome and archaic Greece to create a cultural rift betwixt the Middle Eastern Traditions and those of Indo-Europe.
Taha however, claims that instead of being ‘Anti-Christian’ Nietzsche found the actions of Christ exemplary; Christ – he believes, was a true Christian. According to Taha it is the work of Christians who came after Christ that appear decadent to him, and as a “grotesque distortion of Christ’s original vision and message.” Taha states that Nietzsche believed Paul to be a key figure in transforming Christianity into a “ritualistic, superstitious and transcendental dogma”. Nietzsche’s attack on Christianity stems from its adoption of sentiments which Christ himself would reject – in this way it is claimed that modern Christianity,is in fact “Anti-Christian”. This gradual decline from its original values led to its “victory over homo vulgaris” (the common man) instead of becoming a Tradition for the ‘Master Morality’. In this way modern liberal Christianity turns against the strong, inverting the value of strength and directing its appeal to enslave the others through dispersion of ressentiment strategies. The “Death of God”, therefore becomes a nihilistic act of murder in the Parable of the Madman because the “Death of God” is not Nietzsche’s true aim; rather it is that a new God is to be born.