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By Ge Ling Shang

During this e-book, writer Ge Ling Shang presents a scientific comparability of unique texts by way of Zhuangzi (fourth century BCE) and Nietzsche (1846–1900), less than the rubric of religiosity, to problem those that have in most cases relegated either thinkers to relativism, nihilism, escapism, pessimism, or anti-religion. Shang heavily examines Zhuangzi’s and Nietzsche’s respective opinions of metaphysics, morals, language, wisdom, and humanity as a rule and proposes a belief of the philosophical outlooks of Zhuangzi and Nietzsche as complementary. within the inventive and very important spirit of Nietzsche, as within the tranquil and inward spirit of Zhuangzi, Shang argues unusually related imaginative and prescient and aspiration towards human liberation and freedom exists—one during which religious transformation is feasible via religiously putting forward lifestyles during this international as sacred and divine.

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Prov 29:10) From the very beginning, the pattern of salvation-history reflects the fact that the foolish hate those who reflect the righteous wisdom from God. SUMMARY This chapter has demonstrated that sin is foolishness. This summary statement does not capture all that sin is, but foolishness is one major element of it. To be clear, it is not mere foolishness as though it were a trivial thing; rather, it is deadly serious. An examination of selected texts from Genesis established that foolishness is an important theological category for describing sin and its power.

1007/978-3-319-48270-5_3 27 28 JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION BEATINGS AND THE BOOK OF PROVERBS reference the power of words to function like physical blows. The theme is also limited to those instances where the object of the blows is a fool or might be a fool. The clearest examples of this theme include On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. (Prov 10:13) By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

The foolishness to which Paul identifies all people as possessing is not benign. In fact, it is a foolishness that is violent and its end is death. The shed blood of Abel is the beginning of a pattern of wicked foolishness that is opposed to the righteous wisdom of God throughout salvation-history. Foolish wickedness stands in opposition to the word and wisdom of God. Jesus strongly condemned the Pharisees by calling them “fools” (aphrōn) who are “full of greed and wickedness” (Lk 11:39–40). God’s response to such wicked foolishness is to send forth his word through his prophets: Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,” so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.

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