Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad."

". . . the hatred of the senses, of the delights of the senses, of all delight, is Christian . . ."

"Christianity desires to become master of beasts of prey; its expedient is to make them sick—weakening is the Christian recipe for taming, for 'civilization.'"

"Decadence, for the class of men who aspired to power in Judaism and Christianity (a priestly class) is but a means; this class of men has a vital interest in making mankind sick, and in reversing the concepts 'good' and 'bad,' 'true' and 'false' into mortally dangerous and world-calumniating signification."

". . . the history of Christianity . . . is the history of the gradually grosser and grosser misunderstanding of an original symbolism. With every extension of Christianity over still broader, still ruder masses in whom the pre-requisites out of which it was born were more and more lacking, it became more necessary to vulgarize, to barbarize Christianity,—it has taken into itself doctrines and rites from all subterranean cults of the imperium Romanum, and the absurdity of all kinds of sickly reason. The fate of Christianity lay in the necessity that its faith itself had to become as sickly, as low and vulgar as the needs were sickly, low, and vulgar which had to be gratified by it."