Feuerbach

1996 HX25. Discovered 1996 Apr. 20 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the famous German philosopher and moralist Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach (1804-1872). In his Uber Philosophie und Christentum (1839), he claimed that "Christianity has in fact long vanished not only from the reason but from the life of mankind and is nothing more than an obsession". But it is in his Das Wesen des Christentums (1841) that he put forward his ideas on religion: "God is merely the outward projection of man's inward nature". His views were later endorsed in Germany by extremists in the struggle between church and state. (M 29672)

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