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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

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

Abed Azzam

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169318.003.0003

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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