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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,

Apocalypticism Now
Thursday, 28 May 2020 13:11

Apocalypticism Now

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James Crossley reflects on the dangers and possibilities of the Covid-19 crisis. Image: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Albrecht Durer, 1497-8 Towards the end of March, it was reported that an English hiker returned from a five-day trek in the New Zealand wilds and was surprised to see “three hooded…
Class struggle in the New Testament
Monday, 25 May 2020 10:05

Class struggle in the New Testament

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Robert Myles shows how historical materialism explains the origins of Christianity “The history of the world is but the biography of great men,” wrote nineteenth-century historian Thomas Carlyle. Great Men might be out of fashion, but you wouldn’t know it from reading some recent popular studies on the history of…
Jeremy Corbyn’s Good Samaritan
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 24 December 2018 16:41

Jeremy Corbyn’s Good Samaritan

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James Crossley writes about Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas message. Christmas is a rare time when politicians can, without too much embarrassment, openly talk about issues relating to popular understandings of religion. As I’ve argued in detail elsewhere, Christmas functions as a soft authority for various political ideologies and a particularly good…
Capitalism, Communism, Christianity - and Christmas
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:43

Capitalism, Communism, Christianity - and Christmas

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Roland Boer answers questions about religion, capitalism, Christian communism – and Christmas. Culture Matters is also giving away a downloadable PDF of Professor Boer's new ebook on Christian communism, with best wishes to all our readers for the midwinter celebrations. Let's hope we have a culturally and politically progressive 2019........…
Radical Sacrifice
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 20 August 2018 13:33

Radical Sacrifice

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Other articles in this section of Culture Matters have dealt with the revolutionary strands and meanings, often deeply buried, in various religions. Here, Sean Ledwith reviews Terry Eagleton's latest book, which focuses on radical strands in the Catholic religion. The image above is Marc Chagall's White Crucifixion, 1938, in which…
Marxism and religion
Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:28

Marxism and religion

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Richard Clarke outlines how religion, like any other cultural activity, is capable of both promoting political and social liberation, and being manipulated and controlled by ruling classes who attempt – and very often succeed – in turning it into a force for conservatism. Most Marxists would say that it is…
Towards a mindful cultural commons
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:22

Towards a mindful cultural commons

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Peter Doran points to the way buddhist concepts are being corrupted by the commodifying pressures of capitalist culture, and outlines the ways in which true mindfulness practices can help us resist the growing demands of the 'attention economy'. Neoliberal capitalism is an advanced form of symbolic and material power. We…
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