For the human being, the human being is the supreme being,[1] Feuerbach says.

The human being has just now been discovered, Bruno Bauer says.

Well then, let’s take a closer look at this supreme being and this new discovery.

[1] Wesen” in German. I will usually translate this word as “essence,” because that is its more common use within the contexts with which Stirner deals in this book. However, in this instance, dealing with Feuerbach’s attempt to make of idealized humanity a replacement for the christian God, “supreme being” seems appropriate here.