Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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Those earnest able and just men of profound feelings that are still Christians at heart owe it to themselves to make one attempt to live for a certain period of time without Christianity!  They owe it to their faith that they should thus for once live "in the wilderness"—if for no other reason than to have a right to pronounce on the question as to whether Christianity is needful.  So far however they have confined themselves to their own narrow domain and insulted everyone who happened to be outside of it: indeed they even become rather agitated when it is suggested to them that beyond this little domain of theirs lies the great world and that Christianity is after all only a corner of it!  No; your opinion on the question will be valueless until you have lived year after year without Christianity and with the inmost desire to continue to exist without it: until indeed you have withdrawn far far away from it.  It is not when nostalgia urges you to return but when your judgment based on a strict comparison drives you back that your homecoming has any significance!  Men of the future will deal in this manner with all the evaluations of the past; they must be voluntarily lived over again together with their antitheses in order that such men may finally acquire the right of evaluating them.  

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