more D'Souza distortions

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Dinesh D’Souza is at it again. He is now asking, in apparent seriousness, “Do Atheists Disbelieve in God, Or Do They Hate Him?” He opens his piece with this:

Even if God's existence could be proven, Nietzsche writes in The Antichrist, we would still refuse to accept him.

In §47 of The Anti-Christ, Nietzsche does indeed say the following:

The thing that sets us apart is not that we are unable to find God, either in history, or in nature, or behind nature—but that we regard what has been honoured as God, not as “divine,” but as pitiable, as absurd, as injurious; not as a mere error, but as a crime against life.... We deny that God is God.... If any one were to show us this Christian God, we’d be still less inclined to believe in him.—In a formula: deus, qualem Paulus creavit, dei negatio.

(H.L. Mencken’s translation, from Project Gutenberg)

For those not well-versed in Latin, the phrase deus, qualem Paulus creavit, dei negation roughly translates as “God, as Paul created him, is a negation of God.” Nietzsche views the Pauline influence on Christianity as an additional layer of corruption and obfuscation. D’Souza attempts to make Nietzsche seem contradictory, but the error lies in D’Souza’s oversimplification. Nietzsche is pointing out the contradiction at the heart of Christianity: The petulant, vain, and needy brat of a deity who is alleged to be omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.

Additionally, D’Souza’s title question is nonsensical; atheists—by definition—are without belief in a deity. We can scarcely hate something that does not exist.

Elsewhere, D’Souza attacks Onfray’s Atheist Manifesto, and restates his misinterpretation of Nietzsche; I look forward to reading Onfray to discover more examples of D’Souza’s distortions and dishonest argumentation.

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