Marxists Theory of Religion

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  • Marxist Theories of Religion
    • Religion as Ideology
      • Marx believes ideals from the ruling class exist through institutions such as the church, education and media. Religion as an 'ideological weapon.' Christianity: camel and eyes of a needle        Lenin: 'Spiritual Gin.'
    • Religion and Alienation
      • Marx  claims that the poor feel exploited and therefore need religion. It is seen as the 'opium of the people,' which dulls the pain of oppression.
    • Evaluation
      • -Marx shows how religion may mask exploitation.    -He ignores how religion can be positive            -Some Marxists like Althusser rejects the idea of alienation.       -Religion doesn't necessarily function to control the population
  • Marx believes ideals from the ruling class exist through institutions such as the church, education and media. Religion as an 'ideological weapon.' Christianity: camel and eyes of a needle        Lenin: 'Spiritual Gin.'

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