Post Reply Religion as the 'Opium of the People...'
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Posted 11/11/08
I do Soc, and came across this theory of religion by a well-known sociologist Karl Marx.

' "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." '

What do you think of this statement?
Do you think it is justifiable?

Personally, I disagree with this concept. Next to family, religion is one of the oldest and most substantial institutions in general human society. It has credibility and everyone has the right to such beliefs.

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Oh...finally! A political piece. Politics as a Christian Reconstructionist is more than just an area of specialty for me personally; it is the quintessential loci of theology. If I could echo the words of Aristotle, "Man is a political animal."

I've been reading Gary DeMar's "God and Government: A Biblical and Historical Study," volume one in the series. DeMar seeks to justify the Christian view of the State, proper government, and what it means for a Christian to live under a republic. He begins with the most simple idea of government, the home; he then moves to the bigger picture, i.e., the masses. I think this is proper since we are mentioning Karl Marx, who is a threat not only to religion but to a true governmental system that follows a democratic republic.

Here is my reserved opinion of Karl Marx, since you asked: He is not only wrong, but he is a hypocrite. He himself was hungry for power. His document had not been published until he was denied more than once by universities. I like to think that he was bitter that the system he lived in instigated him to his writing. Religion also played a central role to the banking of his current country, more particular the Lutheran denomination, which is another reason I think Marx wrote the manifesto. Like every other Reformed denomination, we believe that all of life is spiritual or religious and thus plays a part in all of life, including banking. This is not only the belief of the Lutherans but also of the Dutch Reformed churches (general Reformed denominations) and the Presbyterians; I myself am a Presbyterian (Presbyterian Church in America, PCA).

Another person who echoes Marx's opinion is a film maker named Michael Moore. He himself believes religion serves only to keep people in line under the head of the State. However confused he may be, the State is a consequence of religion, not the reverse.
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jmartinez83 wrote:

Oh...finally! A political piece. Politics as a Christian Reconstructionist is more than just an area of specialty for me personally; it is the quintessential loci of theology. If I could echo the words of Aristotle, "Man is a political animal."

I've been reading Gary DeMar's "God and Government: A Biblical and Historical Study," volume one in the series. DeMar seeks to justify the Christian view of the State, proper government, and what it means for a Christian to live under a republic. He begins with the most simple idea of government, the home; he then moves to the bigger picture, i.e., the masses. I think this is proper since we are mentioning Karl Marx, who is a threat not only to religion but to a true governmental system that follows a democratic republic.

Here is my reserved opinion of Karl Marx, since you asked: He is not only wrong, but he is a hypocrite. He himself was hungry for power. His document had not been published until he was denied more than once by universities. I like to think that he was bitter that the system he lived in instigated him to his writing. Religion also played a central role to the banking of his current country, more particular the Lutheran denomination, which is another reason I think Marx wrote the manifesto. Like every other Reformed denomination, we believe that all of life is spiritual or religious and thus plays a part in all of life, including banking. This is not only the belief of the Lutherans but also of the Dutch Reformed churches (general Reformed denominations) and the Presbyterians; I myself am a Presbyterian (Presbyterian Church in America, PCA).

Another person who echoes Marx's opinion is a film maker named Michael Moore. He himself believes religion serves only to keep people in line under the head of the State. However confused he may be, the State is a consequence of religion, not the reverse.


J maybe you should let me go first, lol you tromp anything I could have posted lol, too slow on the draw I suppose, but ya what he said ::points up::
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Posted 12/3/08
I'm actually going to post stuff directly from the Manifesto. Just a heads up; it could get ugly.
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jmartinez83 wrote:

I'm actually going to post stuff directly from the Manifesto. Just a heads up; it could get ugly.


duely noted. The floor is yours my friend.
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Posted 12/5/08
I would imagine that...for some people...he may be right. But for all Christians, Not a chance. Opium is harmful for the body, which the Christian message isn't harmful. If anything, it is beneficial.
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