“‘The friendship of a blockhead shun,’
Said Israel’s monarch, David’s son.”*
Samuel Low, “The Fool’s Friendship” (c. 1800)
“And all that pity you are made your prey.”
Thomas Otway, The Orphan (1680)
It may strike some readers as odd that I so often quote or allude to the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, one of history’s more decidedly anti-Christian thinkers. Indeed, I most often quote The Antichrist, his most decidedly anti-Christian book. The Antichrist is, as they used to say, strong meat, but a Christian who has the stomach for strong meat may learn a good deal from it. Nietzsche himself believed he had diagnosed Christianity as the pathology of Western Man; I would say he has diagnosed morbid pity as the pathology of postmodern Christianity.
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