God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, I’m a book Yoda not a worm shirt the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? Nietzsche, The Gay Science section The Madman What Nietzsche is expressing this passage and the two subsequent declarations of God’s death in Thus Spoke Zarathustra is not his belief in the actual death of an actual deity my understanding is that despite his Lutheran upbringing he was an atheist); rather, he is expressing lament and fear that the world is turning away from an objective foundation for morality.
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Since, he argues, people no longer I’m a book Yoda not a worm shirt believe in God they can no longer recognize absolutes with respect to morality. Of course, he was not a moral relativist, he is not arguing there are no absolutes with respect to morality. He is railing against the rise of moral relativism and nihilism. Nietzsche’s realization that faith in God could not survive as the basis for morality and his fear that the loss of faith would lead to widespread nihilism is what pushed him to search for a more reliable, fundamental, basis for objective morality, which he eventually developed into his theories on the will to power.