Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach: Lest we forget

Today, September 13, 2010, is the 138th anniversary of the death of German theologian, Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (1804-1872).

Feuerbach is famous for turning theology into anthropology; for converting the question of God into the question of what it is in some humans that makes us invent such a God. In his own words: “the true sense of Theology is Anthropology.” For Feuerbach, God is the fantasy of humanity’s ideal attributes. All of our most lofty theological notions have their origins in mundane human desires, such as our desires for food, companionship, or sex.

His landmark theological work is Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity; 1841), and a complete copy can be read here.

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