This book reconstructs the cornerstones of Jesus's moral teachings about how to lead a good, even exemplary, human life. It does so in a way that is compatible with the most prominent, competing versions of the historical Jesus. The work also contrast Jesus' understanding of the best way to lead our lives with that of Friedrich Nietzsche. Both Jesus and Nietzsche were self-consciously moral revolutionaries. Jesus refashioned the imperatives of Jewish law to conform to what he was firmly convinced was the divine will. Nietzsche aspired to transvalue the dominant values of his time -which themselves were influenced greatly by Christianity- in service of what he took to be a higher vision. The interplay of these radical versions of the good human life, seasoned with critical commentary emerging from modern findings in the sciences and humanities, opens possibilities and lines of inquiry that can inform our choices in answering that enduring, paramount question, "How should we live our lives?"
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
A subtle interpreter of both Jesus and Nietzsche. ... Belliotti writes well and with conviction, and it is a refreshing to see a commentator who, where appropriate, confronts and criticizes not just Nietzsche but also Jesus forthrightly. ... recommended to both Nietzsche scholars and theologians, as well as a wider range of readers who simply seek to improve their lives.
Religious Studies. Volume 50 (2014)