In my book I explicitly stated the obvious – one of my specialities – by insisting that it, and as a natural consequence this blog, makes no claim to be original.  I have admitted that much, if not most, of it has been said before.  I do hope however that at least sometimes I put old wine into new bottles, and offer a different, personalized expression of why I am an atheist and why I consider religion ridiculous.

A recent Reflection is a good example of all this.  I confess that I have never read any of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche’s books.  But like so many others, I am aware of some of his ideas and even quotations.  The piece on alcohol, addiction and religion (“State of Denial”) is a case in point.  (The allusion to Marx is too obvious, even for me, to deserve comment.)  I wrote it before I discovered what the great philosopher had written on the subject.  I have never opened his book The Anti-Christ, but I did discover on the Net the following quotation from it :  “Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity”.  That’s it.  That’s all I know (so far) about what he wrote on the subject.  His development of it is no doubt more pertinent and penetrating than my poor Reflection.  I’m no Nietzsche, but I don’t think anyone will accuse me of plagiarizing his ideas.

I did discover on the same site another quotation from Herr Nietzsche, this one from his other famous work which I have not read either, Thus Spake Zarathustra.  It provides, post factum, a sort of justification for my sometimes criticized tongue-in-cheek, ticklers-and-teasers approach to ridiculing religion : “One does not kill by anger but by laughter.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.