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This chapter looks at the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and the way he lures his readers with promises of salvation only to dash those hopes. The purpose of this maneuver, I argue, is to bring out our deepest hope for salvation (a hope that for Nietzsche is a form of self-hatred and nihilism) and then show that there is not going to be a rescue, leaving the reader bereft and on her own. He engineers prophets and messiahs (Zarathustra and the overman, respectively) who arrive and refuse to save us, thus ruining messianism itself as a site for our possible...

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