The idiocy of Kautsky can be seen at once from a study of the Axial Age, a study dogmatic marxist pygmies will reject on sight, threatening to liquidate any such students. But the abuse of historical materialism to simply play ostrich to the facts of larger history is the undoing of the marxist movement. It is impossible to even have a discussion with dogmatic marxists. Any suspicion of idealism and you are on the liquidation list for the future. It is a stupid outcome to Marx’s labors, flawed labors as we can see. But what is the way out?
This study of the Axial Age is not a religious tract and actually offers the alternative of Samkhya materialism to standard reductionist materialism. It is a super hard question and instead of false solutions we adopt a series of approximate solutions. The text will speak for itself.
The views of Kautsky on Christianity are obvious wrong. A ‘materialist’ analysis of early Christianity won’t work, but it does highlight a class background to its emergence. But the question of religion in world history is misanalyzed by marxists and they get no second chances until they scrap old theory junk and produce something more intelligent. In any case the enigma of Christianity is beyond the capacity of marxists, or Christians, for that matter, and it would be better to set aside such junk so that it doesn’t produce a ‘correct’ antagonism in many who are unfamiliar with the marsist canon.