I don't mean to be obtuse here but how do you reconcile Nietzsche and nihilism with having any kind of spiritual or moral belief? I just don't understand this.
If you read the will to power, nietzsche's ideas on belief, and the positive connection with culture, are rampant in the first section. He never criticises belief, per say (simply the consequences of bad belefes). NIETzSCHE IS NOT CONCERNED WITH THE TRUTH OR FALISTY OF A BELIEF! Our scientist society is, though (ironically a product of chritianity's insitance on the logos/word), and this has led to nihilism. Nietzsche wants to OVERCOME nihilism. If this is dones with spiritual or moral beliefs, so be it.
This quote says it all:
"The "predominance of suffering over pleasure" or the opposite (hedonism): these two doctrines are already signposts to nihilism. For in both of these cases no ultimate meaning is posited except the appearance of pleasure or displeasure. But that is how a kind of man speaks that no longer dares to posit a will, a purpose, a meaning: for any healthier kind of man the value of life is certainly not measured by the standard of these trifles. And suffering might predominate, and in spite of that a powerful will might exist, a Yes to life, a need for this predominance."
Hmm, I just don't see how he was ever advocating blind ideology/morality/belief. To my mind, in that quote, he's simply saying that a life spent chasing pleasure in hedonistic fashion is as equally deluded and non-developmental as a life spent avoiding pleasure in ascetic fashion.
He's saying that we need to stop worrying about silly moral question like "do I have enough pleasure in my life? am I being good to my self?" or "do I have too much pleasure in my life? am I being a good person?"
He's saying that these questions are actually just selfish and egotistical and immoral either way, that if we want to live a pleasurable and moral life, we should see things from a perspective totally above and beyond them, and that we should live higher, more feral, more direct, more real, more meaningful, more willful lives.
But, yeah, I would definitely say that Nietzsche WAS concerned with discernment between true and false beliefs. Why? Well, because merely reverting back to false beliefs is only a temporary fix, and will eventually lead to nihilism yet again...