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25 December 2004 @ 03:29 am
An interesting thought....  

It says here:

When Nietzsche lost his faith, he concluded that God is dead. This is not critical thinking. This is narcissism. I understand the idea that if God exists, then you must believe in Him. I do not understand the idea that if you do not believe in Him, then God must not exist.
—Leon Wieseltier, Kaddish, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1999, page 123.

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   .numbat on December 25th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Knopf doesn't sound very bright does he?
Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on December 25th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
It makes perfect sense to me. If you don't believe in God he doesn't exist for you in your reality.
Skylarkerskylarker on December 25th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
When I talk to atheists I get the sense that what we have is a problem in defining our terms. God as conceptualized by some people may not exist - at least in the same sehse as God the way I conceptualize God.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on December 25th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
"When Nietzsche lost his faith, he concluded that God is dead."

That's a bit of an unfair characterization, phrased precisely to make his point.

Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 29th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)

Ahh, I should have suspected as much. Wieseltier does seem a bit, uh, clever and in love with his own aphorisms. I take it then that Nietzche had a more rigorous proof of the non-existence of God?

Still … I think it does speak to some of the folks on the "there is no God" bandwagon.

dd-bdd_b on December 25th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's a lovely slam, and I admire it. But I'm not too shocked to discover that it's based on misquoting Nietzsche.

And, um, Knopf is the publisher.