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What is Friedrich Nietzsche's critique of Christian morality in On the Genealogy of Morals?

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Nietzsche characterized Christianity as, in its essence, a "slave" morality. It was born, as one scholar has written, in the "bottled up resentment that the oppressed feels towards their oppressor." For Nietzsche, Christianity imparts in people a spirit of asceticism, in which people practice self-denial and spurn creativity out of a belief that these things are sinful—and in Christianity it is sin, after all, that justifies God's judgment on people. Therefore, it causes the oppressed to blame themselves for their own oppression and demands that they solemnly accept their situation. The effect of this, Nietzsche argues, is mediocrity and a general fear on the part of people to...

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