Sky-gods and scapegoats: how blame of 'the other' shapes history

Nietzsche denounced Christianity as too soft-hearted. He was dead wrong, says Andy Martin. Like those other patriarchal sky-god religions Judaism and Islam, its binary ‘us and them’, ‘believer and heathen’, ‘saved and damned’ narrative creates a corrosive scapegoat mentality that lies at the heart of humanity’s past – and is the mother of its present

The past is a foreign country

Andy Martin returns to the eastern Cape in search of a long-lost friend. The intervening years have not been kind, and the man he remembered fondly as his guru and guardian is now a fallen angel