Title: A Critique on Nietzsche’s Critique on Christian Morality
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Fernando Lopena Jr., City College of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Donna Jane Consul, City College of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
In the beginning of the Christian story, before Adam and Eve committed the original sin, they did not know what is good and what is evil. After disobeying God’s command "not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil", they had a distorted knowledge of what is good and what is evil. What is really good and what is really evil? In this paper, the answer to that question coming from the history of Christian morality will be articulated. Specifically, it will differentiate the Christian morality coming from the perspective of Council of Trent (1545-63) and the Christian morality coming from the perspective of Vatican II (1962-65). After that, the paper will articulate the critique of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) on Christian morality coming from two of his main works which are "Beyond Good and Evil" and "The Genealogy of Morals". The paper will conclude giving a critique on the critique of Nietzsche on Christian morality. Specifically, the paper will show that the critique of Nietzsche holds a lot of truth but the Christian morality that he critiqued is the Christian morality before Vatican II. It is even possible that Nietzsche will like the Christian morality of Vatican II although most probably, he would have reservations.
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