Potemkin wrote:Precisely right, I think. And what the American Christians refuse to understand about themselves is that they are not Christians. After all, to be a Christian is to be a follower of Christ. And what did Christ say to people who wanted to follow him? “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” (Luke 18:22) To follow Christ - to be a Christian - means renouncing worldly possessions and everything the world calls ‘success’. Instead, the American ‘Christians’ preach the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and their Evangelical preachers live in mansions and own fleets of yachts and cars, paid for by their followers’ donations. They are spitting in Christ’s face.
Well, they are. And this is the mark of the arrow shot at the far bank, so to speak. Secularized West does not end in some high science technological atheist utopia but in an exceedingly
stupid and dissolute worldliness and crass materialism, complete with seedy sex and drugs and rock and roll covered with a patina of meaningless religious cant and stock phrases.
The untranslatable Russian phrase "Poshlost", familiar to readers of Nabokov and other writers, comes to mind.
Clown World, where all greatness has been exiled from history. Dostoevsky's insight into the Devil, in " Brothers Karamazov", that the Devil is terribly banal and rather stupid in a way.
But then look at Judas Iscariot in the Garden, possessed by Satan, when he kisses Jesus... it recalls the Psalmist: " Kiss the Son, lest He be angry....". Betraying the Son of Man for a measly 30 pieces of silver.
Western Liberals who don't understand Trump (all of them) need to watch Professional Wrestling (read up on the concept of Keyfabe!) and Kenneth Copeland. Or spend time in an intimate examination of a Casino, a Flea Market, or a Circus, or Strip Joint.
For this is the truth about the modern world.
There is every reason to believe that Nietzsche turned away from Christianity because the Christians, taught by Aristotle and the Stoics, completely forgot the primordial jubere and remembered only the parere which follows it.