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,

When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism
Saturday, 10 December 2016 11:47

When Karl Marx Practised Buddhism

Written by
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

Written by
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…
Jesus and Marx
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 16 June 2016 20:18

Jesus and Marx

Written by
Through exploring points of contact between Jesus of Nazareth, Karl Marx, and Lenin, Roland Boer finds new and richer layers of shared meanings betwen the Bible and communism, and between theology and politics. I am by no means the first to compare Jesus of Nazareth and Karl Marx. Actually, I am…
Ascension
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 04 May 2016 20:00

Jesus, tribune of the people, ascends to heaven

Written by
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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 April 2016 10:40

Engels and revolutionary religion

Written by
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
Friday, 25 March 2016 10:33

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

Written by
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
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:36

Religion is the Opium of the People

Written by
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

Written by
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
Thursday, 26 November 2015 18:57

Caudwell on Religion

Written by
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…