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Morality As Anti Nature Essay

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ENG 104 Paper 2
In “Morality as Anti-Nature,” Nietzsche’s argument against Christianity is a combination of both right and wrong. He was right about natural desires having a double standard in the eyes of Christian believers. Christianity forbids behavior, unless it benefits the church. He was also right that feelings like guilt do not come from priests after a person has sinned. He explains how feelings are from a person’s inner conscience. Although his argument was valid in some parts, I didn't believe some of his statements. He was wrong that people should live without religious influence and rules. Nietzsche was also wrong when he said all priest and religious men are arrogant. In his ...view middle of the document...

He uses the term “anti-natural morality” to describe the rules of the church because these rules are going against the grain of nature. The laws given to Christians are examples of what not to do. In this type of system it is impossible not to break the rules. Nietzsche said, “The saint in whom God delights is the ideal eunuch” (p. 3). He considered God to be against human life, therefor, he thinks the church’s perfect Christian is one who is worthless. The type of person that does not fight the authorities, are quick to conform, and are believe anything the priests tell them. Nietzsche’s main complaint is against the Christian priests.
I think Nietzsche was correct in his clarification that feelings are not caused from priests and God as a result of sin. He explains that they are from within a person’s body. When a person is feeling guilty for something they’ve done it is not because their religion controls how they feel depending on the thing they’ve done, but are caused from their inner conscience. I think Nietzsche was correct on this idea especially in saying priests have no control over human emotions. Nietzsche believes that God doesn't give people these feelings either; I think God might be indirectly involved in causing feelings of guilt if He gave human’s their consciences. Nietzsche uses the fallacy of a weak analogy in this portion of this argument which weakens his point; because he does not believe in God, he compares God to the priests, assuming if one is not responsible for guilt the other one must not be either. A priest and God is completely different things; just because he thinks they are both fake does not give the right to say God has absolutely nothing to do with a person’s feelings. This part weakens his argument; however, I still think he is right that priests do not give people guilt if they have sinned. Another part of Nietzsche essay he was correct about was when he pointed out the double standard of sins.
Nietzsche presents the argument that human desires are considered bad but if the desire will some how benefit the church they become acceptable. He shows how temptations such as hostility and sexuality are viewed positively through practices of the church. Adultery is banned in the Bible but in marriage it is acceptable. If it is the same temptation how is it suddenly acceptable? Does a marriage license really change the situation enough for the desire to turn from prohibited to promote? This is a classic example of a double standard set up by the church. Another way they set this double standard is with the temptation of hostility. Even thinking about hurting another person is banned in the Ten Commandments, but in the Bible there was lots of deaths. When someone disobeys God they were instructed to not only kill the offender but their entire family. If a religion is going to ban a person’s natural desires I think there shouldn't be exceptions to the rules in order to benefit the religion; just because...

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