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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)



Heine's Ontology


The Freethinker

Reasonable non-belief

Inquiry trumps faith.

"Every man either ti his terror or consolation has some sense of religion."


The Skeptic

Lack of empirical evidence

Discovery trumps revelation. 

"In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In the modern religions the spirit is express through the many and confirmed by reason."


The Secularist

Inconsistent revelations 

Reason trumps custom.

"Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ."

The Humanist 

The argument from evil

Autonomy trumps piety.

"Human misery is too great for men to do without faith."








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