Marxist theories of religion

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What does Marx predominantly believe religion does?
Religion oppress workers and prevents social change
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What does Marx describe religion as?
''Religion is the opium of the people.'' Religion dulls the pain of oppression yet doesnt take it away, it just masks it.
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What did Marx believe religion does?
Marx believed religion helps people in a state of false class consciousness, and if this didn't exist in society the working class would revolt and overthrow the ruling class
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What part does religion play in making sure people obey capitalism?
People believe that if they are good and obey the rules of capitalism they will be rewarded in the afterlife.
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How does religion comfort people?
Religion comforts people because it acts of justification for their suffering on earth and promises life after death, which means they continue to put up with suffering on earth.
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How does religion reiterate the idea that class of origin = class of destiny?
Religion tells people that their position is chosen by God, so people vent their frustrations at God rather than at capitalism.
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How does religion justify suffering?
Religion justifies suffering through the idea that if God was omnipotent he would stop the suffering, but he doesn't therefore society is reflective of how God wants it.
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What would marxists argue religion is?
Religion is a conservative force which maintains social control.
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How would you critique the marxist idea of religion?
Fewer people go to places of worship, therefore it's harder for them to be fooled by religious ideology. And religion can bring about social change, but marxists tend to ignore this.
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