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Single Idea 19453

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism]

Full Idea

If love, goodness, and personality are human determinations, the being which constitutes their source and ...their presupposition is also an anthropomorphism; so is the existence of God.


'anthropomorphic' means has a human form

Gist of Idea

If love, goodness and personality are human, the God who is their source is anthropomorphic


Ludwig Feuerbach (Introduction of 'Essence of Christianity' [1841], II)

Book Reference

Feuerbach,Ludwig: 'The Fiery Brook: Selected Writings', ed/tr. Hanfi,Zawar [Anchor 1972], p.115

A Reaction

It is certainly a struggle for the imagination to grasp a being which is characterised by idealised versions of human virtues, and yet has an intrinsic nature which is utterly different from humanity.