Part Six Of “The German View of Judaism” Series
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in 1770 in Stuttgart, Württemberg (Germany).
He became a renowned philosopher, spreading German idealism and his spiritual account of reality.
In 1798, Hegel wrote The Spirit of Christianity.
In the book, he examined the spiritual beliefs of Judaism.
He claimed the Jewish nation lives “an animal existence which can be assured only at the expense of all other existence“.
Hegel further explained:
“When Jesus said, “The father is in me and I in the father, who has seen me has seen the father; who known the father knows that what I say is true; I an the father are one,” the Jew accused him of blasphemy because though born a man he made himself God. How were they to recognize divinity in a man, poor things that they were, possessing only a consciousness of their misery, of the depth of their servitude, of their opposition to the divine“.
He also speculates why the Jews did not recognize Jesus:
“Spirit alone recognizes spirit. They saw in Jesus only the man, the Nazarene, the carpenter’s son whose brothers and kinsfolk lived among them; so much he was, and more he could not be, for he was one like themselves, and they felt themselves to be nothing. The Jewish multitude was bound to wreck his attempt to give them the consciousness of something divine, for faith in something divine, something great, cannot make its home on a dunghill. The lion has no room in a net, the infinite spirit none in the prison of a Jewish soul”.
These facts are documented in his book, which was translated from German and published by the University of Pennsylvania:
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Early Theological Writings. (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975), 191,265.
This source can be viewed for free on Google Books:
Hegel is also known for his theories about dialectic logic.
(For example: right and wrong, good and evil, natural and artificial, order and chaos)
With this worldview, Germans symbolized what was right and good. They had faith in spiritual ideas and promoted logos (the natural order), the ideal way things should be.
By contrast, Jews symbolized what was wrong and evil. They were consumed by their material greed for wealth and disrupted logos, bringing chaos.
This article is part four of “The German View of Judaism” series:
Introduction: Jett & Jahn Media Presents “The German View of Judaism”
Charlemagne: Capitulary for the Jews
The German Crusade of 1096
Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies
Immanuel Kant: Anthropology From A Pragmatic Point of View
Johann Gottlieb Fichte: A State Within A State
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Spirit of Christianity
Arthur Schopenhauer: Parerga and Paralipomena
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John’s Passion
Ludwig Von Beethoven: The Beethoven I Knew
Richard Wagner: Judaism & Music
Conclusion: Modern Germans & Judaism