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Did God create man? Or did man create God? Famed German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach explores the answer in this, his most influential work, published in German in 1841 and translated by celebrated English novelist George Eliot. Using Biblical references, dialectics, and ideas from some of the world's greatest thinkers, he confronts believers with his cogent explanation.

Approaching religion from a humanistic perspective, Feuerbach explores the idea that divinity is an outward projection of our idealistic human nature. Asserting that nothing is higher than the perfection found in mankind, he proposes that a Supreme Being was created by man seeking comfort and relief from a hostile world, challenging tenets of Christianity from creation and the resurrection to faith and miracles. Feuerbach's critique of Hegelian idealism excited immediate international attention — influencing Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Friedrich Engels in particular. Thought-provoking and utterly compelling, this historically significant polemic is must reading for lifelong students of religion and philosophy.

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Asserting that religion and divinity are outward projections of inner human nature, this 1841 polemic excited immediate international attention and influenced the development of Marxist theory.

Synopsis:

The most important work of the famed German philosopher, this 1841 polemic asserts that religion and divinity are outward projections of inner human nature. Feuerbach's critique of Hegelian idealism excited immediate international attention — Marx and Engels were particularly influenced. This acclaimed translation is by the celebrated English novelist George Eliot.

Table of Contents

Preface by Ludwig Feuerbach

I. 1. The Essential Nature of Man

   2. The Essence of Religion Considered Generally

Part I.The True or Anthropological Essence of Religion

II. God as a Being of the Understanding

III. God as a Moral Being or Law

IV. The Mystery of the Incarnation; or, God as Love, as a Being of the Heart

V. The Mystery of the Suffering God

VI. The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mother of God

VII. The Mystery of the Logos and Divine Image

VIII. The Mystery of the Cosmogonical Principle in God

IX. The Mystery of Mysticism, or of Nature in God

X. The Mystery of Providence and Creation out of Nothing

XI. The Significance of the Creation in Judaism

XII. The Omnipotence of Feeling, or the Mystery of Prayer

XIII. The Mystery of Faith—The Mystery of Miracle

XIV. The Mystery of the Resurrection and of the Miraculous Conception

XV. The Mystery of the Christian Christ, or the Personal God

XVI. The Distinction between Christianity and Heathenism

XVII. The Significance of Voluntary Celibacy and Monachism

XVIII. The Christian Heaven, or Personal Immortality

Part II.The False or Theological Essence of Religion

XIX. The Essential Standpoint of Religion

XX. The Contradiction in the Existence of God

XXI. The Contradiction in the Revelation of God

XXII. The Contradiction in the Nature of God in General

XXIII. The Contradiction in the Speculative Doctrine of God

XXIV. The Contradiction in the Trinity

XXV. The Contradiction in the Sacraments

XXVI. The Contradiction of Faith and Love

XXVII. Concluding Application

Appendix

1.The Religious Emotions Purely Human

2.God is Feeling Released from Limits

3.God is the Highest Feeling of Self

4.Distinction between the Pantheistic and Personal God

5.Nature without Interest for Christians

6.In God Man is his Own Object

7.Christianity the Religion of Suffering

8.Mystery of the Trinity

9.Creation out of Nothing

10.Egoism of the Israelitish Religion

11.The Idea of Providence

12.Contradiction of Faith and Reason

13.The Resurrection of Christ

14.The Christian a Supermundane Being

15.The Celibate and Monachism

16.The Christian Heaven

17.What Faith Denies on Earth it Affirms in Heaven

18.Contradictions in the Sacraments

19.Contradiction of Faith and Love

20.Results of the Principle of Faith

21.Contradiction of the God-Man

22.Anthropology the Mystery of Theology

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486454214
Author:
Feuerbach, Ludwig
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Feuerbach, Lu
Author:
dwig
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
History & Surveys - 19th Century
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.64 lb

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Asserting that religion and divinity are outward projections of inner human nature, this 1841 polemic excited immediate international attention and influenced the development of Marxist theory.

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The most important work of the famed German philosopher, this 1841 polemic asserts that religion and divinity are outward projections of inner human nature. Feuerbach's critique of Hegelian idealism excited immediate international attention — Marx and Engels were particularly influenced. This acclaimed translation is by the celebrated English novelist George Eliot.

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