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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How little Christianity cultivates the sense of honesty can be inferred from the character of the writings of its scholars.  They set out their conjectures as audaciously as if they were dogmas and seldom find any difficulty in the interpretation of Scripture.  Their continual cry is: "I am right for it is written "— and then follows an explanation so shameless and capricious that a philologist when he hears it is caught between anger and laughter asking himself again and again: Is it possible?  Is it honest?  Is it even decent?  It is only those who never—or always—attend church that underestimate the dishonesty with which this subject is still dealt in Protestant pulpits; in what a clumsy fashion the preacher takes advantage of the his security from interruption; how the Bible is punched and pummelled and how the people are treated to every form of the art of false reading.  All considered however what more can be expected of a religion which in its formative centuries perpetrated an unprecedented philological farce concerning the Old Testament?  I refer to that attempt to tear the Old Testament from the hands of the Jews under the pretext that it contained only Christian doctrines and belonged to the Christians as the true people of Israel while the Jews had merely taken it for their own without authority.  This was followed by a fury of so-called interpretation and falsification which could not under any circumstances have been done with a good conscience.  However strongly Jewish scholars protested it was everywhere zealously asserted that the Old Testament alluded in many places to Christ and nothing but Christ more especially His Cross and thus wherever reference was made to wood a rod a ladder a twig a tree a willow or a staff such a reference had to be a prophecy relating to the wood of the Cross: even the one horned beast and the Brazen Serpent even Moses stretching forth his hands in prayer—even the very spits on which the Easter Iambs were roasted: all these were allusions to the Cross and as it were preludes to it!  Did anyone who made these assertions ever believe in them?  Let it not be forgotten that the Church did not shrink from enriching the text of the Septuagint (e.  g.  Psalm 96 verse!  0) in order that she might later on make use of these modified passages as Christian prophecies.  They were engaged in a war and were more concerned with their enemies rather than with honesty.  
 

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