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The Owl of Minerva

Volume 40, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2009

Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, S. J.
Pages 173-219

Jesus and Hercules
Hegel Reflects on the Resurrection

Hegel’s early essay called “The Spirit of Christianity and Its Fate” contains his longest analysis of the resurrection of Jesus, which he attributes to the spirit of the early Christian communit y. To represent its practice of the love he taught, the community made him into a god. Furthermore, because it withdrew from life in the world, the communit y knew its love as deficient, and portrayed this defect by adding the separate human individuality of its teacher to his divinity. The risen Christ (both human and divine) lives only in the subjective mind of the communit y, as an expression of its feeling. However, Hegel does recognize divine objectivity in the “one” source of the universe, the Father of Jesus.

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