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Religion

Religion

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”  

Hélder Câmara; Archbishop, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife,

Religion is the Opium of the People
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:36

Religion is the Opium of the People

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What did Marx mean by his vivid metaphor? Roland Boer continues his series of articles on Marxism and religion with an examination of the historical, textual and personal background to one of Marx's most famous sayings. ‘Opium of the people’ is perhaps the first thought that comes to mind when…
The Three Wise Communists
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:04

Between Illusion and Reality: Reconsidering Marxism and Religion

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Roland Boer sets the scene for a series of articles on the complex and contradictory relations between Marxism and religion, with an introduction to some of the issues. An embedded poem by Patrick Lodge is mutually illustrative. Two preliminary topics are important for any effort to reconsider the difficult relations…
Caldwell uses rain dances as an example of how spiritualistic ideas in pre-feudal societies are rooted to production
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 November 2015 18:57

Caudwell on Religion

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Ben Stevenson outlines Christopher Caudwell's historical materialist analysis of religion. Poet, activist and theoretician Christopher Caudwell wrote extensively on issues of philosophy and idealism in culture and science. His contribution to a Marxist understanding of the way in which religions - in particular the early philosphy of Christianity - has…
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