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,

Ascension
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:00

Jesus, tribune of the people, ascends to heaven

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May 5th is Ascension Day in the Christian calendar. Andrew Brown proposes a radical linterpretation of the story, first suggested by the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. Introductory texts: 1. The Ascension of Jesus So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will…
Engels and revolutionary religion
Monday, 04 April 2016 10:40

Engels and revolutionary religion

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Can religion foster revolutionary movements? Roland Boer continues his series on marxism and religion, with a discussion of Engels's growing understanding of the political ambivalence of Christianity. It complements James Crossley's article on the Radical Jesus. Friedrich Engels is not often given due credit for his distinct contributions to the socialist…
Splitters! The death and resurrection of the Radical Jesus, from the Life of Brian to Jeremy Corbyn
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 25 March 2016 10:33

Splitters! The death and resurrection of the Radical Jesus, from the Life of Brian to Jeremy Corbyn

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Anarchist, conservative, liberal or revolutionary? Professor James Crossley discusses the various interpretations of the Easter story of the life of Jesus, the Monty Python film Life of Brian, and in the political life of Britain. Jesus has long been present as a political figure in English and British culture. Two of…
Religion is the Opium of the People
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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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