Evaluation of Marxism (religion)

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Marx shows how religion may be a tool of...
...oppression that masks exploitation and creates false consciousness.
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However, he ignores the positive functions of religions such as:
Peforming psychological functions such as helping people to adjust to misfortune (Malinowski).
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However, neo-marxists see certain forms of religion as assisting rather than hindering...
...the development of class consciousness (awareness of exploitation).
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Why does Althusser reject the concept of alienation being an inadequate basis for a theory of religion?
It is 'unscientific' as it is based on the romantic idea that human beings have a 'true self.'
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Religion does not necessarily function effectively as...
...an ideology to control the population.
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What did Abecrombie and Turner argue?
In pre-capitalist society, whilst Christianity was a major element of ruling-class ideology, it had only limited impact on the peasantry.
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However, he ignores the positive functions of religions such as:

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Peforming psychological functions such as helping people to adjust to misfortune (Malinowski).

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Why does Althusser reject the concept of alienation being an inadequate basis for a theory of religion?

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