From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 1

1.1.1 Marxism as Secular Religion

Feuerbach, the German philosopher who, together with Hegel, was the most significant influence on Marx’s thought, wrote in 1842: ‘We must become religious again. Politics must become our religion’.

Marx himself wrote to his devotees in obviously religious terms, borrowed from the Judeo-Christian tradition: ‘If you want to become one and whole, to be born again in harmony, you must first destroy the environment which makes you a divided being, alienated from yourself’.

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