Friedrich Nietzsche on Religion

Friedrich Nietzsche, son of a religious leader, went on to invoke a evolved era of thinking about relationship between humanity and religion – indeed, quite inwardly and without god. One of his more prominant quotes, written in a letter for his sister, Lisbeth, tells a great deal.

Short quote from YouTube Documentary (BBC):

Every true faith is infallible – it performs what the believing person hopes to find in it. But it does not offer the least support for the establishing of an objective truth. Here, the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, have faith. If you want to be a disciple of truth, then search.

Source: Ep 1 Human, All Too Human Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil (BCB Documentary)



Full quote from literary source of the period:

I write this to you, dear Lisbeth, only in order to counter the most usual proofs of believing people, who invoke the evidence of their inner experiences and deduce from it the infallibility of their faith. Every true faith is indeed infallible; it performs what the believing person hopes to find in it, but it does not offer the least support for the establishing of an objective truth.

Here the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, then have faith; if you want to be a disciple of truth, then search.

Between, there are many halfway positions. But it all depends on the principle aim.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ah2q8f5 (Google Books; majority of quote located at bottom of page 7)