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    Ludwig Feuerbach(Author) George Eliot(Translator)

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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.

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.

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  • By kaitch on 17 May 2017

    It is said everyone has a book in them, this is the book I would have written. Clear well structured argument abounds, and it all makes sense, whether you are a believer or no this is an essential read. As it says on the cover- This is essential background reading for understanding everything from Marx's communist manifesto to modern apolitical philossophies of atheism.

  • By Hoogashacka on 28 June 2017

    Yes, it has a few but minor misspelling. but this version requires a careful read. Meaning that you must sometimes hold up and plot down on paper the steps and thoughts he does. Do this and you will be rewarded. This is more like an unabridged version and read it as you would read Hegel-slow and with care.Chapter two is not easy but important and I recommend to read the introduction, it helped a lot.Don't stop reading, when you arrive at chapter 5 and have paid the time (and of course, will continue), you start to see how he constructs his arguments and is now more comfortable with the language he uses.You have finished the book. Now, it will be hard to call yourself an atheist or a Christian for that matter, but you can damn call yourself a human!

  • By Benjibar on 4 March 2017

    This is not a criticism of Feuerbach's writing, but of this particular edition. It's full of spelling errors, which makes it pretty difficult to use as a reference for university work. I found 2 errors in one paragraph if this book. The other edition I have on kindle, which is this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KXZLYUG/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_1 has no such spelling mistakes.

  • By Svein Olav Nyberg on 31 July 2000

    I read this book in search of the philosophical roots of Max Stirner, author of The Ego and Its Own. For this purpose, the book is excellent; you can see where Max Stirner came from on a number of issues that had hitherto seemed a bit cloudy to me - both in what Stirner reacts to and what he has drawn on.The book is, however, a very compelling read in its own right as well. Feuerbach takes us through literally the whole catalogue of Christian belief, and shows us how each item of belief is explained at least as well - or perhaps even better - as an anthropomorphism rather than as a supernatural manifestation. It must be said, though, that each single one of his arguments on their own do not lead to such a conviction. Just like you are not convinced that the dice are loaded by getting 6 once or twice, you will not be convinced if anthropomorphism fits the bill of Christianity in a few single instances. However - analogously with the dice - when you strike 6 nearly every time, you will be convinced that the dice are loaded.If I have a criticism of Feuerbach, it is that after he has revealed the Essence of Christianity as being the worship of Man, he keeps the essence and only discards the accidental properties of Christianity, i.e. the supernaturalism. This was also what Max Stirner called him on. But my disagreement does not mean a disparagement of the value of the book. So I recommend it as a read.

  • By Willferox on 16 October 2011

    I wrote an extensive review of this book but it never showed up here! In short, I think that Feuerbach provides the most compelling refutation of God and Christianity - one that drifts away from more traditional criticisms (think: cosmological, ontological, teleological etc.), and instead focuses on the anthropological aspects of religion. He reaches a conclusion that is so plainly clear to me - that man created God and religion in man's own image - with striking convinction (if you can get your head around his ambiguous writing style). In my eyes, this book destroys the metaphysical claims made by Christianity, and as a whole, it should be recognised as a HUGELY important contribution to the study of religion.


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