The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach The Essence of Christianity
by Ludwig Feuerbach

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German philosopher and anthropologist LUDWIG ANDREAS VON FEUERBACH (1804-1872) was a powerful influence on Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Feuerbach's atheism is reflected in their socialist philosophies, and that humanized theology-essentially, a rational approach to understanding concepts of God and Christianity-gets its greatest exploration here. In The Essence of Christianity-this is the classic 1853 translation of the 1841 German original-Feuerbach discusses the "true or anthropological" root of religion, exploring how everything from the nature of God to the mysteries of mysticism and prayer can be viewed through such a prism. He goes on to examine the "false" essences of religion, including contradictions in ideas of the existence of a deity, and then how God and religion are merely expressions of human emotion. This is essential background reading for understanding everything from Marx's Communist Manifesto to modern apolitical philosophies of atheism.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-60520-443-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60520-443-7
  • Sales Rank #2701442
  • Published on: December 01, 2008
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 364 pages

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