Atheism and the removal of hope

Marx professed himself an atheist, but retained a cosmic optimism which only theism could justify. Broadly speaking, all the elements in Marx’s philosophy which are derived from Hegel are unscientific, in the sense that there is no reason whatsoever to suppose them true.

Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, p.816

In other words, to be a consistent atheist you have to follow Russell into despair. Hope is a vestigial belief in a post-Christian worldview.


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