This is an extract taken from a speech given by Terry Eagleton at a Theos event in October 2016.
What Nietzsche was the first to see was not only that God was dead on his feet, but that it was the stout bourgeois himself, not some bunch of long-haired leftie atheists, who had done him in. It was the inherently rationalist, pragmatist, utilitarian logic of the marketplace that had rendered such high-sounding notions implausible—which is to say, in an arresting irony, that the material base of middle-class society was busy undermining its own ideological superstructure.
ANIMAL RIGHTS: A DANGEROUS ASPECT OF OUR NEW SECULAR RELIGION: I wonder if Nietzsche knew that having killed God, man would simply begin to substitute one religion with another?
In 1882, sensing an emerging age of secularism, Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote, "God is dead." History proved him wrong, but although God is not yet dead, something else sure as hell is: Privacy.
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