Quote: Heinrich Heine on Christianity


"Christianity – and this is its greatest merit – mitigated in a measure that brutal Germanic lust for war; it could not destroy it, however. Should that subduing talisman, the cross, be shattered some day: there will then burst forth again the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors; that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often. The talisman is decaying and the day will come when it shall woefully be torn asunder. The old stone gods will then rise from the long-forgotten ruins, rub the thousand-year-old dust from their eyes, and Thor, leaping to life, shall lay waste to the gothic cathedrals with his giant hammer....Do not smile at my advice – the advice of a dreamer who warns you against Kantians, Fichteans, and philosophers of nature. Do not smile at the visionary who anticipates the same revolution in the realm of the visible as has taken place in the spiritual. Thought precedes action as lightning precedes thunder. German thunder...comes rolling somewhat slowly, but...its crash...will be unlike anything before in the history of the world."


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