Irreverent political philosophy from the 1840s in a brash, accessible, sarcastic, no-holds-barred style, sometimes anarchist, social democratic, democratic socialist, communist, or libertarian, but thoroughly revolutionary. More
From the translator's introduction: "While much of this book is Edgar's attempt to defend his older brother Bruno, the founder and primary exponent of Young Hegelian critique, against attacks from conservative Christian authorities and apologists, the greater part - and the main message - is straightforward political philosophy, written in a brash, accessible, sarcastic, no-holds-barred style - not at all ponderous, as we might have expected from a German author. His overarching theme is that faith is justified if and only if it is faith in reason and in the power of the human intellect, but never if it is faith which defies or denies reason, logic, history, nature, the human spirit, or especially science. Unreflective conformity with the faith of others or with the dictates of the ecclesiastical or sociopolitical order is even worse."