Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels and Theology, IV by Roland Boer

By Roland Boer

Feedback of Earth completely reassesses Marx and Engels’s engagement with theology, drawing on principally overlooked texts. therefore, along ‘opium of the people’, Hegel’s philosophy of legislation, and the Feuerbach theses, different works also are important. those comprise Marx’s early items on theology, continuous changes of fetishism, and long remedies of Bruno Bauer and Max Stirner. Engels too is given severe awareness, given that he moved past Marx in appreciating theology’s innovative percentages. Engels’s Calvinism is mentioned, his remedies of biblical feedback and theology, and his later writings on early Christianity’s innovative nature. The ebook maintains the venture for a renewed and enlivened interplay among Marxism and faith, being the fourth of 5 volumes within the feedback of Heaven and Earth sequence.

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Rather than God’s chosen ruler being, like Christ, a chosen individual, all may potentially rule. In short, Strauss attempted a reinterpretation of Christianity that questioned its cosy relationship with the power of the state. 34 Massey’s conclusion is that by ‘unmasking’ Christ not as the God-man of Christian doctrine but as the democratic Christ, as the one who shows that the human species itself is the embodiment of God-man, Strauss pointed to a model of popular sovereignty instead of the monarchy.

Then again, in repeating the ban on confusing faith and politics from the earlier decree, the new legislation actually bans its own underlying agenda, which is none other than the desire to establish a Christian state. Even with this point he is not finished, for he goes on to ask how a state can be Christian when it has Lutheran and Roman-Catholic elements within it. Which creed is to be the official faith of this Christian state? On it goes, until he identifies the final contradiction, where the charge is nothing less than hubris, arrogating God’s own rôle: Thus the instruction wants to protect religion, but it violates the most general principle of all religions, the sanctity and inviolability of the subjective frame of mind.

12. Marx 1842t; Marx 1842u. 13. Marx 1843o; Marx 1843p. A couple of articles deal with other matters, such as the law punishing the use of fallen wood by impoverished peasants (Marx 1842n; Marx 1842o), or taking up the cause of the Moselle vine-growing peasants who faced tough economic conditions (Marx 1843g; Marx 1843h). 14. On 9 July 1842, Marx wrote to Ruge: ‘What do you advise if the article on the Archbishop is not stamped for publication by the high police censorship? It must The Subterranean Bible • 29 Among many, I give three examples, two of them merciless uncoverings of contradictions in the Prussian censorship-laws concerning religion and the other a reply to a series of questions from the censor himself, namely the stern Oberpräsident of the Rhine Province, von Schaper.

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