Atheism: Nietzsche and Palahniuk Illustration of God

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It extends into what He values, what He believes, and even to what He loves. However, these seemingly complex questions are redundant. The answers to all these questions revolve around one thing: us. We create who He is. We determine what He values. We determine what He believes. We determine whom He loves. We created God. What we should truly be asking is: Does one need God? The necessity of God is discussed at length in Friedrich Nietzsche’s book, “On the Genealogy of Morals,” wherein he states that since we create morals our own morals, God is too a social construct, who is different for every person. Because standards for morality vary by person, the enforcement of a single, divinely ordained law or code or set of values over all humans generalizes and subsequently overlooks individual experiences. Subsequently, we do not need Him, because we are using God as a figurehead to pass judgment upon ourselves. Nietzsche claims that we use God as a social crutch in order to give ourselves purpose in this world because we fear having a meaningless life. Nietzsche’s ideas are a constant theme throughout Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, “Fight Club,” wherein we witness the transition of God from being one’s father to the character Tyler Durden. This anthropomorphized God causes destruction and discontent and illustrates the struggle people have with living a meaningless life. Both Nietzsche and Palahniuk argue and illustrate that since God…
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