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-1 Garkay Wong SID: 18616594 ANTH 158 Assignment 1 Nietzsche’s proclamation of the death of God 1 in his 1882 book The Gay Science stunned the public, and since then, has been a source of much stimulation, debate, and discussion, among his readers for a number of years. Nietzsche creates a dialogue with his readers as he explores his inner-most reflections and thought processes, encouraging the reader to engage with this interchange of ideas and discover his text in a number of ways. Nietzsche begins Book Three of The Gay Science with a powerful revelation that “God is dead” 2 . What actually dies, in the context of our humanity, is the belief in the absolute power and authority of God. Prior to the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment in the 16 th century, God was the center of the universe, and He gave our existence meaning. The corruption of the Catholic church in the 16 th century and the aftermath of the Inquisition gave rise to a new religion called Protestantism. In Protestantism it was believed that one could have a direct
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