After the death of God: The implications of Nietzsche’s proclimation


Thrown into the world

The idea of obtaining meaning in the world through God or supernatural entities is synonymous with humanity, which predates history and possibly goes as far back as the Middle Paleolithic era (300-500 thousand years ago), in which occurs the earliest evidential piece for ritualistic behaivour, which was the burial of the dead (Greenspan 2006). Although 300-500 thousand years ago could well be an exaggeration to the true reflection of human prehistory in regards to religious thought, the idea of having the middle Paleolithic era as a potential benchmark for religious thought signifies the closely knit relationship between superstition with humanity.

Despite this almost innate tendency as a human to believe in a God or gods that gives meaning to our lives for several millennia, it was only in the 19th century in which Nietzsche famously declared that “God is dead” (2001), and in doing so he declared that finding…

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