What Nietzsche Really Meant by ‘God is Dead’ and Why That Matters Today

by Ben Bartee
The Daily Bell

Most drive-by philosophers are familiar with Nietzsche’s now-infamous proclamation that “God is Dead” in the collective hearts and minds of Western civilization.

Fewer understand the full breadth of this bitter diagnosis. Even fewer see what it really portends: the death of the West and, ultimately, the dawn of a New Dark Age.

The flippant interpretation of Nietzsche’s remark — widely made by campaigning atheists and proponents of secular government in state-run media – is that he was merely making a surface-level observation on the decline of organized religion, specifically of the waning Lutheran establishment that dominated the spiritual lives of Germans in the mid-1800s.

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