Saturday, May 13, 2017

This is good stuff and obviously it's true: Feurbach "Religion as projection."

Ludwig Feuerbach was a 19th century German philosopher and anthropologist. A student of Hegel, his ideas would greatly infuence the thought of Karl Marx. Feuerbach was also a committed atheist and materialist whose work often focused on attacking the Christian faith. In his Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity), written in 1821, Feuerbach explains the human belief in a supreme being in the following way: “In the consciousness of the in nite, the conscious subject has for his object the infinity of his own nature.” For Feuerbach, God is nothing more than the outward projection of the human being’s own in nite nature. Thus man creates God, not the other way around.

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