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,

Radical Sacrifice
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…
Why Christianity matters to socialism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:20

Why Christianity matters to socialism

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James Crossley argues for the importance of the radical Christian tradition as an important resource for the revolutionary transformation of the world.  On becoming leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, Jeremy Corbyn envisaged living a society “where we don’t pass by on the other side of those people…
Towards a mindful cultural commons
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
Image by Ignacia Ruiz
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 22:16

Religion: opium of the people?

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In the first of a series of essays on Marxism and religion, Roland Boer discusses Marx's description of religion as 'the opium of the people'. It is also available as a free ebook here. Marx’s most well-known observation concerning religion is that it is ‘the opium of the people’. The…
When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism
Saturday, 10 December 2016 11:47

When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism

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Adrian Chan-Wyles discusses some links between Marxism and Buddhism. ‘It is a question of spirit which creates itself out of nothing, hence it is a question of nothing, which out of nothing makes itself spirit.’ -  Karl Marx: The German Ideology Prometheus Books, (1998), Page 161 Karl Marx was not…
Communism, religion and atheism
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:01

Communism, religion and atheism

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Professor Roland Boer continues his series with a discussion of religion and membership of communist parties. Is it possible to join a communist party as a religious person? The answer, we would expect, is ‘no’. After all, Marxism is a materialist philosophy and political movement, with no time for the mystifying…
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