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“I would rather be a devil in alliance with truth, than an angel in alliance with falsehood.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“The power of thought is the light of knowledge, the power of will is the energy of character, the power of heart is love. Reason, love and power of will are perfections of man.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[T]ruth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“The idea of God is the ignorance which solves all doubt by repressing it.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“If therefore my work is negative, irreligious, atheistic, let it be remembered that atheism — at least in the sense of this work — is the secret of religion itself; that religion itself, not indeed on the surface, but fundamentally, not in intention or according to its own supposition, but in its heart, in its essence, believes in nothing else than the truth and divinity of human nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[Theology is a] web of contradictions and delusions.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“The joys of theory are the sweetest intellectual pleasures of life”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[T]he object of any subject is nothing else than the subject's own nature taken objectively.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“To know God and not oneself to be God, to know blessedness and not oneself to enjoy it, is a state of disunity or unhappiness.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“The consciousness of the infinite is nothing else than the consciousness of the infinity of the consciousness; … in the consciousness of the infinite, the conscious subject has for his object the infinity of his own nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“A circle in a straight line is the mathematical symbol of miracle.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Whatever kind of object … we are at any time conscious of, we are always at the same time conscious of our own nature[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Wherever this idea, that the religious predicates are only anthropomorphisms, has taken possession of man, there has doubt, has unbelief, obtained mastery of faith.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[T]he present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“The essence of faith … is the idea that that which man wishes actually is: he wishes to be immortal, therefore he is immortal; he wishes for the existence of a being who can do everything which is impossible to Nature and reason, therefore such a being exists[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Consciousness consists in a being becoming objective to itself; … it is nothing apart, nothing distinct from the being which is conscious of itself.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[L]et it be remembered that atheism … is the secret of religion … ; religion … in its heart, in its essence, believes in nothing else than the truth and divinity of human nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[T]o a limited being its limited understanding is not felt to be a limitation; on the contrary, it is perfectly happy and contented with this understanding[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Man cannot get beyond his true nature. He may indeed by means of the imagination conceive individuals of another so-called higher kind, but he can never get loose from his species, his nature; the conditions of being, the positive final predicates which he gives to these other individuals, are always determinations or qualities drawn from his own nature – qualities in which he in truth only images and projects himself.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[I]t implies great force of subjectivity to accept as certain something in contradiction with rational, normal experience. … Wishes own no restraint, no law, no time; they would be fulfilled without delay on the instant. And behold! miracle is as rapid as a wish is impatient. … [I]t is not in its product or object that miraculous agency is distinguished from the agency of Nature and reason, but only in its mode and process; … The power of miracle is … the power of the imagination.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Certainly my work is negative, destructive; but … only in relation to the unhuman, not to the human[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Each planet has its own sun. … [I]t really is another sun on Uranus … The relation of the Sun to the Earth is therefore at the same time a relation of the Earth to itself, or to its own nature … Hence each planet has in its sun the mirror of its own nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“We know the man by the object[.] Even the moon, the sun, stars, … [t]hat he sees them is an evidence of his own nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Faith in the power of prayer … is … faith in miraculous power; and faith in miracles is … the essence of faith in general. … [F]aith is nothing else than confidence in the reality of the subjective in opposition to the limitations or laws of Nature and reason, … The specific object of faith, therefore, is miracle; … To faith nothing is impossible, and miracle only gives actuality to this omnipotence of faith[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[M]an [has] the power of abstraction from himself[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“Only through his fellow does man become clear to himself and self-conscious; … A man existing absolutely alone would lose himself without any sense of his individuality in the ocean of Nature; he would neither comprehend himself as man nor Nature as Nature.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“He who makes God act humanly, declares human activity to be divine[.]”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“God does not negative himself in the Incarnation, but he shows himself as that which he is, as a human being.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
“[T]o think God is therefore to affirm what God is, to establish the being of God as an act. That God is thought, cognised, is essential; that this tree is thought, is to the tree accidental, unessential. … [H]ow is it possible that God – if he is to exist for us, to be an object to us – must necessarily be thought … ? … [I]t is not possible.”
Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity

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