I've picked up a copy of Will to Power, The Birth of Tragedy, Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols; finished reading Crane Brinton's "Nietzsche," which was enlightening. Brinton is not altogether in agreement with Nietzsche but he does him justice. He defends Nietzsche against those who try to associate his philosophy with Nazism and anti-Semiticism, I'm plowing through "The Anti-Christ," right now, and I find the writing more coherent and easy reading than "Beyond Good and Evil." This must sound strange, or even false, coming from someone who professes to be a Christian (note that I say 'profess' to be a Christian--by which I mean someone who believes Christ and his teaching) but I'm enjoying "The Anti-Christ." I couldn't give a hoot what other Christians might have to say about it. Nietzsche is right. There are no Christians in the true sense. The only real one died on the cross. Those who profess to be Christians are poor imitators that usually only give Christ a bad report. Unfortunately, Nietzsche, the hammer, lacks the power to smash my faith and belief and understanding in Christ. I see no signs of any mental illness in "The Anti-Christ." It compares in certain respects to Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion," which I also enjoyed reading. I however, disagreed with many of Dawkins's arguments, just as I do with Nietzsche, but I give the upper hand for persuasive arguments against Christianity to Nietzsche.
Perhaps my disbelief in organized religion helps me keep with an open mind willing to entertain what some would call heresy. I profess no allegiance to any organized religion and see much more value in philosophy, including those philosophies I disagree with, than any organized form of religion.
This post might sound like a complete turnaround to what I've posted above. But then, this is the first time I've read "The Anti-Christ." I still think "The Will to Power" and "Beyond Good and Evil," read more like preparatory exercises, and notes, that point to the way to some uncompleted work that Nietzsche might have had in mind, but just couldn't get around to. I have to push myself to plow through them. I'm reading "The Anti-Christ" with the same speed with which I read Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." Have to get back to it.