From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 7

1.1.7 Marxist Eschatology

DefinitionEschatology is the doctrine or understanding of the future and particularly of the end of history (from Gk. eschata – ‘the last things’).

Communism promotes a sort of ‘atheistic millenarianism’ – a promise to establish heaven on earth through human means, with no reference to God.

Marxist ideology is based on the myth of determinism, according to which the historical destiny of humanity is controlled, in a supposedly scientific manner, by a perfect chain of cause and effect. Thus, by knowing this historical mechanism, the new ‘enlightened’ man can participate in the creative transformation of the world and society.

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