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Throughout the course of European history the progress of the continent has come largely from an evolution of not only people but an evolution of ideologies From Hegals idea of synthesis to the Enlightenment philisophes the ideological history of Europe has not been insignificant One of the major periods of advancement in this field was the late 19th century One such thinker to arise in this period is Friedrich Nietzsche Greatly controversial Nietzsches work was perhaps the some of the most fundamentally non-Christian opinion ever While Nietzsches beliefs toward Christianity did equate with his own personal doctrine I do believe that his view on Christianity was greatly unfounded and lacking of true Christian understanding To really understand Nietzsches opposition to Christianity one must really understand his entire doctrine of hierarchy At the core of his theory he thought mans quest in life was the enhancement of powerPerry p272 He thought that one should follow chaotic passions and to assert his own personal will over all Perry p272 He theorized life as a constant quest for advancement in power and minimized anything less saying what determines your rank is the quantum of the power you are the rest is cowardice In this Nietzsche imagines that society should reward a sort of superman or overman this man being higher in power than the masses Perry p275 He thought society must be dominated by this sort of person At the heart of the whole theory is a basic belief in an inequality of people This inequality leads Nietzsche to be thoroughly opposed to suffrage universel Socialism as well as European democracies Perhaps the most important opposition of Nietzsches though was his opposition to the idea that mankind is equal before God and understandably so considering his basic doctrine Perry p 274 This of course sets the stage for a massive conflict between the teachings of the Church and Nietzsches Antichrist theory At the heart of all
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