Wagner adopts the philosophical ideas of Feuerbach, and treats his subject from that stand-point.
The enthusiasm was universal, we were all for the moment followers of Feuerbach.
He returned to his native place, and was visited by Feuerbach.
"Feuerbach is an idealist; he believes in the advance of mankind" (p. 19).
We can only reach living men from the abstract men of Feuerbach if we regard them as active historical agents.
But the step which Feuerbach did not make had not yet been made.
Feuerbach had made the statement that periods of social progress are marked by religious changes.
In his criticism of religion Feuerbach is but half a Materialist.
We never came back to Feuerbach, who occupies an intermediate position between the philosophy of Hegel and our own.
Or, as Feuerbach more concisely expresses it, "Man alone is our God."