Archive for the ‘Marxism’ Category

Historicism and Marxism

August 26, 2009

We are left asking how we could ever know that Marxism itself represents the final truth and not a mere passing ideological by-product of a fleeting period of economic revolution.

Alan Richardson, Christian Apologetics, 1955, p.74

Marx’s faith in a pre-Fall World

August 17, 2009

Marx believed that in primitive communities, before the advent of money and profit-seeking, there was no alienation. However his belief has no historical evidence to support it…Here is a tragic irony. The very act which Marx sees as yielding humanity (persons becoming their own god, revolving round themselves) the Bible sees as denying humanity and leading to all other alienation.’

David Lyon, Karl Marx, pp.61-62

This, amongst his other beliefs in a ‘Millennium’ (Dictatorship of the Proletariat), a ‘church’ (the revolutionary Proletariat) and an eschatological hope (the Communist state after all class struggles) etc. is why we may see Marxism as Christian heresy.

Atheism and the removal of hope

August 17, 2009

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.

Faith in Marxism

August 17, 2009

I don’t believe in the absolute truth of Marxism in the way that some people believe in religious dogmas. I only believe it is near enough to the truth to make it worth while betting my life on it as against any rival theories

J.B.S. Haldane, Science in Everyday Life, 1941, p.198

Something you’ll ‘bet your life on’ is religious faith even it is ‘non-religious’ and claims, as Marxism did, to be ‘scientific’.

Marxism – Bakunin’s Critique

July 14, 2009

Bakunin thought that people like Karl Marx would, ‘destroy the present order only to erect their own rigid dictatorships upon its ruins.’

D. Lyon, Karl Marx, p.134

Perhaps Bakunin was reminded of Robespierre and the Terror that came in the wake of the revolutionary idealism.