Nietzsche and the Death of God Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote “God is dead” first appears in “The Gay Science.” As Kaufmann points out, the significance of this excerpt is so profound that it influenced a movement, though a short-lived one, in Christian theology in the United States ( Nietzche 167). Taken out of context, Nietzsche can and has been interpreted as immoral, an advocate of atheism, and a proponent of nihilism. However, when read in light of the other sections in which it appears, Nietzsche’s declaration has a more profound significance. Kaufmann notes that along with its appearances in “The Gay Science,” there are seven important passages in “Thus spoke Zarathustra” that contribute to the meaning of Nietzsche’s idea that...The end:
.....he whole of our European morality” (Nietzsche 279). Certainly, the idea of religion has become synonymous with morality. One cannot exist without the other. In essence, Nietzsche points out that this association is an artificially constructed relationship manufactured by the proponents of religion. In Nietzsche’s perspective then morality is independent from religion; one can be godless and virtuous at the same time. Nietzsche’s assertion that “God is dead” does not render him irreligious, a nihilist or immoral. His ideas are merely his observation of the declining belief in the Christian god, and the complex relationship between religion and science and morality. Works Cited Nietzsche, Friedrich. “The Gay Science.” New York: Vintage, 1974.