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Marxism and Christianity

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This volume explores the common ground between Marxism and Christianity. It argues that Marxism shares in good measure both the content and functions of Christianity and does so because it inherits it from Christianity. It details the religious attitudes and modes of belief that appear in Marxism as it developed historically from the philosophies of Hegel and Feuerbach, an ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 27th 1995 by Bristol Classical Press (first published June 24th 1971)
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Jean Paul Govè
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mostly functions as a very good history of Marxist thought by a superbly analytical mind. The two main points on which he finds comparisons between Marxism and Christianity are at the very beginning, seeing in Marxism, and its predecessor Hegelianism, a secularization of some core elements of Christianity -mainly the Fall of Man and the future promise of Man's rehabilitation- and at the very end, seeing some of the same declines and regressions in Marxism as Marxists diagnosed in religion -reifi ...more
Esteban Rubio
Alasdair Macintyre's earlier work, 'Marxism and Christianity,' sketch a genealogy of Marxist thought vis-à-vis the Christian religion. Although, I presumed he would have provided a theological framework, either to critique or praise Marx/Marxism(s) with a conclusion stating contradictions or overlapping goals among both communities. This book is largely focused on Marx and his development as a thinker and philosopher beginning with Hegel's metaphysics, a later left-Hegelian appropriation, an ...more
Jennifer
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
As always, MacIntyre is a joy to read.

"Only one secular doctrine retains the scope of traditional religion in offering an interpretation of human existence by means of which men may situate themselves in the world and direct their actions to ends that transcend those offered by their immediate situation: Marxism." (2)

This is the principe thought which illuminates this essay on Marxism and its Hegelian precursors..

This is not a period of philosophy I know much about, so I am not in a position to
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Tom Hallberg
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
Tries to take worldly concept and ground it in Christian roots. The arguments are weak at best. Though, it is worth the read as an introduction if the reader reads with much caution.
Revanth Ukkalam
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book that shows how at different levels Marxism mimics christianity or rather how Marxism due to its coinciding functions and so on has inherited christianity. That Marxism can be and is as dogmatic as the religion has been shown already sufficiently.

In this Macintyre skillfully argues that Marx inherited the tradition of Hegel and Feuerbach and developed his models on the dialectic of Hegel one of whose main concerns in doing so was the christian question of Fall Of Man.

While part o
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Luke
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
MacIntyre here profoundly sketches the present (1960s) state of Marxism, one characterized by the brutality of Stalin's regime but also a state characterized by a rapid spread of communism to China, Cuba, etc. The central problem that MacIntyre sees, both with Christianity and with Marxism, lies in the mystification that occurs in both. Namely, MacIntyre argues that, starting with Hegel and then Feuerbach and culminating in Marx, a process of demystification (of philosophy but also of religion) ...more
Mayowa Adebiyi
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marxism is right in its analysis of that particular situation of Industrial England and somewhat the the situation of living in a capitalist economy even now but offers a 'utopian' solution that shares a lot with Christianity but also outright dismisses its other-worldly (final) resolution as impractical, a mere opium to pacify the 'Proletariats' in the face of 'Bourgeois' oppression.

McIntyre's analysis is thorough and extremely helpful in pointing out the positives of a Marxist system and its h
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Andrew
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I feel like someone must've torn the pages out of the library's copy when and Christianity got to "and Christianity..." Christianity was barely mentioned at all. Even Marxism got little more than a summary touch.
John
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"the Marxist project remains the only one we have for reestablishing hope as a social virtue"
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Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre is a leading philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He is the O'Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
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