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Marxist essay dispels all myth on religion

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lev
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Soviet cogitations: 256
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 02 Jan 2016, 14:43
Ideology: Marxism-Leninism
Komsomol
Post 03 Jan 2016, 23:19
http://isreview.org/issue/63/marxism-and-religion

Why God does not judge on faith alone but on our altruistic deeds. "You can know one by his fruits (deeds)"
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Jul 2013, 05:04
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Pioneer
Post 06 Jan 2016, 13:27
Interesting read. I am a Roman Catholic and I would agree that material deprivation does not spur my beliefs. I view my economic position in material terms and I am open to the class analysis that socialists adhere to. I would agree that I believe in Christianity partly because it gives meaning to my life. Under capitalism my value is entirely dependent on how useful I can make myself to a capitalist or to customers in the marketplace if I am self-employed. However my religion says that I have intrinsic worth because I have an immortal soul and because God loves me, etc. It is like a heart in a heartless world. Even if I were rich I would still find some comfort in my religion.

I am not sure why so many Christians support capitalism. I suppose it is because of the traditional hostility of left-wing movements to organized religion. Yet I see capitalism as reducing life to a mere utilitarian struggle where people are seen not as comrades but as potential rivals and opponents in the war to "get ahead."

Catholicism puts a special emphasis on good works versus the Protestant emphasis on faith alone as the key to salvation, so I think perhaps I am not unusual in being both left-wing and Catholic.
lev
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Soviet cogitations: 256
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 02 Jan 2016, 14:43
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Komsomol
Post 06 Jan 2016, 14:22
There are atheists who are closer to God than believers. They are the well-wishers. The likes of Raul Castro, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Un, Jose Maria Sison, Miguel Figueroa, Elizabeth Rowley. They do not wish that people suffer or become homeless on the streets of Toronto like some CEOs one of whom paraded his new Cadillac on the streets for people to see and all of a sudden slapped a young boy who marvelled at the beauty of his car. (Talk to Carly of High Park Writers Club).
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