Marxist Theory of Religion

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  • Marxist
    • Conservative Force
      • Inhibits social change
        • Religious Fundamentalism
          • Moving backward
    • Superstructure of capitalist society
    • Ideological
      • Reproduce, maintain and legitimate class equality
      • Socially controlling
      • Promotes idea of socioeconomic hierarchy
        • All Things Bright and Beautiful
      • Influences what we say and do
      • Used to cushion effects of opression
        • Religion hides explotation
    • Opium of the masses
      • Drug which distorts reality
      • Lenin
        • Spiritual Gin
    • Keeps people in their place
      • Feudal System
        • Medievil Europe
      • Caste System
        • India
      • Hierarchy
        • Caste System
          • India
        • Feudal System
          • Medievil Europe
      • False Class Consciousness
        • Blinds members of position
    • Makes virtue out of suffering and oppression
    • Directly supported by ruling class to further interests
    • NRMS emerge to deal with oppression and inequality
    • Explains suffering on earth
      • No point in here and now
      • Suffering a virture
        • Actively encourage inequality
    • Hides true extent of explotation
      • Alitenated with society
        • Don't seek social change
    • Halevy
      • Methodist Religion
        • Disillusioned with COE
        • Distracted from class grievances
      • Dissatisfaction with the ruling classes
    • USA Christian Fundamentalism
      • Upholds Capitalist views
        • Wealth and prosperity sign of God's favour
      • Traditional roles for Women
        • Links with Republican Party
    • Leech
      • COE recruits from upper classes
        • Lost contact with ordinary people
          • More to tackle inequality
      • Wealthy
    • Hook
      • Vatican conservative institution
        • Pro-Capitalist
          • Considerable wealth doesn't help other people
    • Turning back social clock

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