THE ESSENCE OF FAITH ACCORDING TO LUTHER by Ludwig Feuorbach

THE ESSENCE OF FAITH ACCORDING TO LUTHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Written in 1844 as a supplement to Feuerbach's central work, The Essence Of Christianity, this important little treatise is offered here in fresh translation, with a helpful introductory essay. Feuerbach, in his revolt against Hegelianism, anticipated views that have become widespread today. God is an abstraction, projected out of man's desires. Before Freud, Feuerbach was asserting that ""The Wish"" is the central psychological fact of human existence. All religion has man's welfare as its ultimate goal--a point of view congenial to materialism today. In spite of Luther's apparent rejection of such views, through his insistence upon the sinfulness of man in his natural state, Feuerbach believed that there were strands in Luther's thought that were favorable to his own position. This work consists of such statements culled from Luther's work, and briefly interpreted. Feuerbach regarded the outcome as being as much ""for"" as ""against"" Luther. Readers concerned with tracing earlier anticipations of prominent ideas in today's thinking will find this little book interesting reading, as will students of Feuerbach's thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row