• Clayton Crockett
  • Jeffrey W. Robbins
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)


The classical materialist critique of religion begins with Ludwig Feuerbach. By his description of God as a human projection, Feuerbach accepts, while going beyond, Friedrich Schleiermacher’s definition of the subjective essence of religion as feeling. In a manner reminiscent of—or better, inspired by—the post-Kantian dialectics of Hegel, Feuerbach is not content with the ready-made definition of religion as a feeling of absolute dependency lodged in a precognitive state of human consciousness. Just as there is a subjective essence to religion, so too is there an objective essence. The religious subject is not only born out of the infinitude of the power of feeling but also by its objectification of that feeling; religion becomes more than a feeling. It becomes ontological. It becomes material.


Religious Belief Alcoholic Anonymous Materialist Critique False Consciousness Religious Idea 
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