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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The Christian Church is an encyclopaedia of primitive cults and concepts of the most varied origin and is in consequence well adapted to missionary work: in former times she could—and still does—go wherever she would and in doing so always found something resembling herself which she could assimilate and gradually impose herself.  It is not to what is Christian in ideas but rather what is universally pagan in usage that we have to attribute the spread of this universal religion.  Her thoughts which have their origin at once in the Judaic and in the Hellenic spirit were able from the very beginning to raise themselves above the singularity and subtleties of races and nations as above mere prejudice.  Although we may admire the power which makes even the most difficult things coalesce we must nevertheless not overlook the contemptible aspects of this power—the astonishing coarseness and narrowness of the Church's intellect when it was in process of formation a coarseness which permitted it to accommodate itself to any diet and to digest contradictions like pebbles.  

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