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Nietzsche Versus Paul$
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Abed Azzam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169318

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169318.001.0001

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Jesus-Christ and the Two Worlds of Early Christianity

Jesus-Christ and the Two Worlds of Early Christianity

(p.52) 3. Jesus-Christ and the Two Worlds of Early Christianity
Nietzsche Versus Paul

Abed Azzam

Columbia University Press

This chapter traces the Greek and the Jewish paths to Christianity until the moment when the development of both paths rendered the Christian faith a demand. Nietzsche claims that the downfall of Greek philosophy reached its high point in the Buddhism of Pyrrho. Within this setting, Buddhism became the high point of three cultures: Greek Antiquity (Pyrrho), Judaism (Jesus), and Modernity (Schopenhauer). The chapter then advances three claims: Firstly, Nietzsche reads into Buddhism that kind of nihilism which characterizes the end of culture. Secondly, this kind of Buddhism forms the basis for the emergence of a new beginning. Finally, Paul’s overcoming of the dead ends that resulted from the Greek and the Jewish paths have become Nietzsche’s model for the overcoming of modern Buddhism.

Keywords:   Christian faith, Pyrrhonian Buddhism, Greek Antiquity, Judaism, Modernity, nihilism, Paul, Nietzsche

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