The Essence of Christianity

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The Essence of Christianity  (1841) 
by Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, translated by Marian Evans
Das Wesen des Christenthums (1841)



CONTENTS.




INTRODUCTION.
chapter     page
I.  § 1. The Essential Nature of Man  . . .  1
I.  § 2. The Essence of Religion considered generally  . . .  12


Part I.
THE TRUE OR ANTHROPOLOGICAL ESSENCE OF RELIGION.


II. God as a Being of the Understanding  . . .  32
III. God as a Moral Being, or Law  . . .  43
IV.
 
The Mystery of the Incarnation; or, God as Love, as a
Being of the Heart
 
 . . . 
 
49
V. The Mystery of the Suffering God  . . .  58
VI. The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mother of God  . . .  64
VII. The Mystery of the Logos and Divine Image  . . .  73
VIII. The Mystery of the Cosmogonical Principle in God  . . .  79
IX. The Mystery of Mysticism, or Nature in God  . . .  86
X.
 
The Mystery of Providence and Creation out of
Nothing
 
 . . . 
 
100
XI. The Significance of the Creation in Judaism  . . .  111
XII. The Omnipotence of Feeling, or the Mystery of Prayer  . . .  119
XIII. The Mystery of Faith—the Mystery of Miracle  . . .  125
XIV.
 
The Mystery of the Resurrection and of the
Miraculous Conception
 
 . . . 
 
134
XV.
 
The Mystery of the Christian Christ, or the Personal
God
 
 . . . 
 
139
XVI. The Distinction between Christianity and Heathenism  . . .  149
XVII.
 
The Significance of Voluntary Celibacy and
Monachism
 
 . . . 
 
159
XVIII. The Christian Heaven, or Personal Immortality  . . .  169


Part II.
THE FALSE OR THEOLOGICAL ESSENCE OF RELIGION.


chapter     page
XIX. The Essential Stand-point of Religion  . . .  184
XX. The Contradiction in the Existence of God  . . .  196
XXI. The Contradiction in the Revelation of God  . . .  203
XXII. The Contradiction in the Nature of God in general  . . .  211
XXIII. The Contradiction in the Speculative Doctrine of God  . . .  224
XXIV. The Contradiction in the Trinity  . . .  230
XXV. The Contradiction in the Sacraments  . . .  234
XXVI. The Contradiction of Faith and Love  . . .  245
XXVII. Concluding Application  . . .  267


APPENDIX.
section      
1.  The Religious Emotions purely Human  . . .  275
2.  God is Feeling released from Limits  . . .  277
3.  God is the highest Feeling of Self  . . .  278
4.  Distinction between the Pantheistic and Personal God  . . .  279
5.  Nature without interest for Christians  . . .  282
6.  In God Man is his own Object  . . .  284
7.  Christianity the Religion of Suffering  . . .  287
8.  Mystery of the Trinity  . . .  288
9.  Creation out of nothing  . . .  293
10.  Egoism of the Israelitish Religion  . . .  294
11.  The Idea of Providence  . . .  295
12.  Contradiction of Faith and Reason  . . .  300
13.  The Resurrection of Christ  . . .  304
14.  The Christian a Supermundane Being  . . .  304
15.  The Celibate and Monachism  . . .  305
16.  The Christian Heaven  . . .  313
17.  What Faith denies on Earth it affirms in Heaven  . . .  315
18.  Contradictions in the Sacraments  . . .  316
19.  Contradiction of Faith and Love  . . .  319
20.  Results of the Principle of Faith  . . .  325
21.  Contradiction of the God-Man  . . .  332
22.  Anthropology the Mystery of Theology  . . .  337


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Original:
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
Translation:
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.