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Nietzsche’s Pilate

The cultivated distaste for the absolute existed back then just as it does in our time. Jesus doesn’t respond to Pilate’s question because the question has no answer, at least not a discursive one. Sophisticates such as Pilate can laugh or shrug away any reply. There is no end to their irony. It can be halted only by forces deeper than words: devotion, conviction, sacrifice.