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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Luther's most important achievement is the suspicion which he awakened against the saints and the entire Christian vita contemplativa; only since his time has an unchristian vita contemplativa again become possible in Europe only since then has a limit been set to contempt for laymen and worldly activity.  Luther continued to be an honest miner's son even after he had been shut up in a monastery and there for lack of other depths and "shafts" he descended into himself and dug terrifying and dark passages through his own depths—finally coming to recognise that an introspective and saintly life was impossible to him and that his innate "activity "in body and soul would prove to be his destruction.  For a long time too long indeed he endeavoured to find the way to holiness through castigations; but at length he made up his mind and said to himself: "There is no real vita contemplativa!  We have been deceived.  The saints were no better than the rest of us".  This was a truly rustic way of making one’s point but for the Germans of that period it was the only and proper way.  How edified they felt when they could read in their Lutheran catechism: "Apart from the Ten Commandments there is no work which could find favour in the eyes of God—the celebrated spiritual works of the saints are purely imaginary"!  
 

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