Nietzsche’s atheism

July 29, 2016 by Dr. Geyser

“God,” “immortality of the soul,” “redemption,” “beyond”—without exceptions, concepts to which I never devoted any attention, or time; not even as a child. Perhaps I have never been child-like enough for them?

I do not by any means know atheism as a result; even less as an event: it is a matter of course with me, from instinct. I am too inquisitive, too questionable, too exuberant to stand for any gross answer.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, section 1, “Why I Am So Clever,” in Ecco Homo (1888). Trans. by Walter Kaufmann.

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