Re: Zoroaster and Nietzsche
The Stanford Philosophy Department has courses on Descartes, Kant, Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Hegel, and Wittgenstein, but no mention of Nietzsche. He, not God, is dead. If you talk about the author of Thus spoke Zoroaster, you must have heard of Zoroaster.
Christopher Jones comments: I have never heard of Zoroaster outside of discussions of Nietzsche's work Thus spake Zarathustra or in WAIS discussions that accord him an importance that does not correspond to present day reality. As for the Stanford philosophy department, it should add Nietzsche, to its paltry lineup. Americans could use some brain exercise instead of sitting in front of the TV. Regarding the Cathars, The Cathars also had a very unique approach to Jesus. They made a distinction between Jesus of Nazareth who was the Jewish messiah and Jesus Christ who was not Jewish. For them Jesus of Nazareth was a sort of heretical Jewish bolshevik who tried to destroy ancient Israel and erect a new Israel in its place. For them a Christ from the house of a murdering and adulterous David was a contradiction. Because God cannot die, they rejected the death on the cross. The Jews according to them, committed an error by sending Jesus to die on the cross. The Christian faith could only be born after his death. It was Paul who reinforced this by declaring that "the Christ the king" was not of this world.
RH: The insulting reference to the Stanford Philosophy Department is quite uncalled for. Among its famous faculty are the University Provost John Etchemendy and the eminent WAISer Pat Suppes. It is also the home of the important online Encyclopedia of Philosophy. What Peter says about PAal tells you more about Peter than about Paul.