Marxist Theorists

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  • Marxism Theorists
    • Marx and Engels
      • Saw religion as a social tool
        • Engels recognized that in order for the ruling class or maintain the status quo
      • Opium of the masses
      • religion is part of the ruling class ideology
        • Justifies power and privilege of dominant class
      • Justifies the suffering of the poor, misleads and create a false conscientiousness
      • Alienation - Dulls pain of exploitation
    • NEO MARXISTS
      • Some forms of religion assist change and development of class consciousnesses
    • Criticisms
      • Shows how religion mask oppression,
      • Ignores positive aspects of religion
        • Shows how religion mask oppression,

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