. . .neither Nietsche nor his heirs have actually overthrown Platonism and Idealism.  They have merely reversed its dichotomies and, therefore, continue to work within its ambit.  Nietzsche’s preference for symbols and eternal truths  over Christianity’s historically-based dogmas betrays the fact that he was the real Platonist.  If Christianity were truly “Christian,” he argued, it would join the Buddhist way of life: “it is a means to be happy.”  A god who died for our sins, redemption through faith, resurrection after death – all these are counterfeits of true Christianity for which that disastrous, wrong-headed fellow, Paul, must be held responsible.  The Reformation was the consummation of this hatred for everything noble, meritorious, and praiseworthy in humanity.

From: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), p. 76.

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