Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology, II by Roland Boer

By Roland Boer

Feedback of faith deals a lively serious remark at the engagements with faith and theology by means of more than a few prime Marxist philosophers and critics: Lucien Goldmann, Fredric Jameson, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Kautsky, Julia Kristeva, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Georg Lukács, and Raymond Williams. except delivering sustained critique, the purpose is to assemble key insights from those critics as a way to boost a finished concept of faith. The publication follows at the heels of the acclaimed feedback of Heaven, being the second one quantity of a 5 quantity sequence known as feedback of Heaven and Earth.


"All [...] of those essays are really worth studying. They embrace the fruit of decades of mirrored image and exhibit a such a lot awesome command of an enormous and heterogeneous literature. they're insightful, thought-provoking, and in addition unique within the experience of unveiling unforeseen features of these below dialogue. the fashion is usually a bit arch, however the research is usually significant and the evaluate sensible. not anyone interpreting Boer will come away with no being larger knowledgeable and wiser."
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All the same, the tension has more to it than Goldmann perhaps realises. If I focus on the question of renunciation that is dear to me, it is not so hard to realise that retreat is really a retreat from one world to another world. For the nuns of Port-Royal such as Pascal’s sister Jacqueline, it was a retreat into the cloistered world of the convent. For a hermit, it is the retreat into the world of one’s own mind, body and soul, and (if one is so inclined) of God. Even Zuster Bertken in the Netherlands, who lived from the age of 30 until her death at 87 (1457 to 1514) in a narrow cell about 4 metres long, moved from one world to another.

But towards the end of his life he learned that man’s true greatness can lie only in his awareness of his weakness and limitations, and saw the uncertainty which characterises any human life, both in the natural world and in the Church Militant. . In doing so, he discovered tragedy, the complete and certain uncertainty of all truth, paradox, the refusal of the world by a man who remains within it and the direct appeal to 29 30 18 • Chapter One this level, Goldmann draws me right in. For the desire to renounce the world and all that is therein is a very strong one for me.

142; 1959, p. 157. 36 All the same, two elements are worth noting: a literary work, philosophical system or indeed theological position expresses and reflects the interests and aspirations of a distinct social group and class; in order to find such a direct connection, a Marxist analysis must embroil itself in the minutiae of historical detail. 37 Yet, it all too easily does slip into the assumption that the superstructure is the expression of the base. Now, if one is going to engage in vulgar Marxism, then there is no need to pin it to an elaborate theoretical and historical discussion.

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