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The Essence of Christianity

The Essence of Christianity


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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108040310

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  • Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–72), the German philosopher and a founding member of the Young Hegelians, a group of radical thinkers influenced by G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831), was an outspoken critic of religion, and the 1841 publication of this work established his reputation. In the first part of the book he examines what he calls the 'anthropological essence' of religion, and in the second he looks at its 'false or theological essence', arguing that the idea of God is a manifestation of human consciousness. These ideas provoked strong reactions in Germany, and soon other European intellectuals wanted to read Feuerbach's book. The 1843 second edition was translated by Marian Evans (1819–80) - who would become better known by her pen name of George Eliot - and published in Britain in 1854. Evans was influenced by Feuerbach's work, and many of his humanist ideas about religion are reflected in her novels.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108040310
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 141 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    1. Introduction
    Part I. The True or Anthropological Essence of Religion:
    2. God as a being of the understanding
    3. God as a moral being, or law
    4. The mystery of the incarnation
    or, God as love, as a being of the heart
    5. The mystery of the suffering God
    6. The mystery of the Trinity and the Mother of God
    7. The mystery of the logos and divine image
    8. The mystery of the cosmogonical principle in God
    9. The mystery of mysticism, or nature in God
    10. The mystery of providence and creation out of nothing
    11. The significance of the creation in Judaism
    12. The omnipotence of feeling, or the mystery of prayer
    13. The mystery of faith - the mystery of miracle
    14. The mystery of the resurrection and of the miraculous conception
    15. The mystery of the Christian Christ, or the personal God
    16. The distinction between Christianity and heathenism
    17. The significance of voluntary celibacy and monachism
    18. The Christian heaven, or personal immortality
    Part II. The False or Theological Essence of Religion:
    19. The essential stand-point of religion
    20. The contradiction in the existence of God
    21. The contradiction in the revelation of God
    22. The contradiction in the nature of God in general
    23. The contradiction in the speculative doctrine of God
    24. The contradiction in the Trinity
    25. The contradiction in the sacraments
    26. The contradiction of faith and love
    27. Concluding application
    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.

  • Author

    Ludwig Feuerbach


    Marian Evans [George Eliot]

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