Friedrich Nietzsche, The AntiChrist

Der Antichrist (also could be translated as The Anti-Christian).  Written in 1888 and first published in 1895.

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As to whether he himself was conscious of this contradiction whether, in fact, this was the only contradiction he was cognizant of that is quite another question.  Here, for the first time, I touch upon the problem of the psychology of the Saviour .  I confess, to begin with, that there are very few books which offer me harder reading than the Gospels.  My difficulties are quite different from those which enabled the learned curiosity of the German mind to achieve one of its most unforgettable triumphs.  It is a long while since I, like all other young scholars, enjoyed with all the sapient laboriousness of a fastidious philologist the work of the incomparable Strauss.  At that time I was twenty years old: now I am too serious for that sort of thing.  What do I care for the contradictions of "tradition"?  How can any one call pious legends "traditions"?  The histories of saints present the most dubious variety of literature in existence; to examine them by the scientific method, in the entire absence of corroborative documents , seems to me to condemn the whole inquiry from the start it is simply learned idling.  
 

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