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The left and religion

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

An unusual article from the left on religion (author probably read Last and First Men, see the Preface).

I think that a more nuanced take on religion from the left, i.e. marxist left, would be helpful. In Last and First Men the strategy is not promotional, but simply an effort to understand reality: historical materialism is almost as flawed as the so-called ‘spiritual’ world views. But the latter contain aspects of the overall search for a cosmological/universal understanding that are superior to the crude positivism that overtook marxism.
It is time to start over, even as the core of Marx/Engels on class, ideology, and praxis remain almost as good now as they were.
A new post-marxist neo-communism needs to be able to mediate truly complex religious histories, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, and find a way, not to debunk them, nor to embrace them, but to achieve par with its own viewpoint. That’s a tall order and would take a century of exploration. On the way a core secularism needs to be recast on a level more coherent than reductionist scientism.

Check out the ‘virtual church of the holy brick’ (!) in the Preface to Last and First Men

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