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Sick Souls Hoping in the Suffering Servant

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Christianity is for the weak and oppressed. On that score, Nietzsche and his disciples were correct.

The Christian movement is a degeneracy movement composed of reject and refuse elements of every kind.... It is therefore not only national, not racially conditioned; it appeals to the disinherited everywhere; it is founded on a rancor against everything well-constituted and domi-nant: it needs a symbol that represents a curse on the well-constituted and dominant-It also stands in opposition to every spiritual movement, to all philosophy: it takes the side of idiots and utters a curse on the spirit. Rancor against the gifted, learned, spiritually independent: it detects in them the well-constituted, the masterful.
-Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power (1)

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1 [ Back ] Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, trans. Walter Kaufmann and R. J. Hollingdale (New York: Vintage, 1967), 96.
2 [ Back ] Reported in World, November 14, 1998, 33.
3 [ Back ] Garry Wills, Reagan's America (New York: Penguin, 1988), 235.
4 [ Back ] Cornel West, Prophetic Fragments (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988).
5 [ Back ] Lyle Schaller, Worship Leader, April-May 1993, 7.
6 [ Back ] Karl Barth, The Gottingen Dogmatics: Instruction in the Christian Religion, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990), 33.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "A Vale of Tears: Suffering as a Mark of This Age" March/April 1999 Vol. 8 No. 2 Page number(s): 5-10

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