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God is Dead My grasp of Nietzsches statement God is dead fluctuates between an almost enlightened comprehension of what he means to a virtual stupor of confusion However during my more lucid moments of understandingwhich I like to believe outweigh the moments of stuporhood I see his point on a variety of levels Nietzsches writings on the subject are loaded with meaning he purposely leaves his words wide open to interpretation Just how we absorb Nietzsches ideas on the subject of Gods death however are directly contingent on who or what we think God really is Nietzsche seems to approach God as a concept rather than a man This results in a somewhat paradoxical slur because concepts generally dont live in a tangible enough sense for them to also die Personally I see Nietzsches God as a personification of a concept This concept is not easily definable itself it can be either a somewhat broad religious conception of divinity or God can represent religious values and fundamentals themselves Nietzsches defense of his claim that God is dead operates on many planes It is this that compels me to describe not one but several of the reasons I extracted as to why exactly God is dead Religion for Nietzsche is a regimen of doctrines Religious practice observance and faith are facilitated by a set of rules The regulations imposed by religion are life-defining religion dictates how we should compose ourselves in life as well as what in life we perceive as important Straying from the boundaries of religious teaching is unholy and ultimately bad in that doing so defies holy instruction When God says Thou Shalt there are no options for an observant follower Within the structured laws of religion there is no room left to assert ones power to will freely Nietzsche illustrates this by presenting a conceptual dragon representative of this notion Thou shalt is the name of the dragon
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