Christian-Marxist(Re: Christmas?)

George Snedeker snedeker at SPAMconcentric.net
Sat Dec 23 08:19:14 MST 2000




    Hi Josh,

thanks for your message. there are certainly revolutionary aspects of
Christianity. most Christians overlook these and prefer the reactionary
ones. a God of history? this idea gives history a purpose. I'm not sure if
it's necessary. we all need some sense of direction. can Marxism provide
this? what about contingency?
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From: soil_ride <soilride at email.msn.com>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2000 10:37 AM
Subject: Christian-Marxist(Re: Christmas?)


> Snedeker,
> I also used to think that Christianity and Marxism was a contradiction and
> on the philosophy/religion level they are.  In fact I wasn't able to see
> Christianity in my future at all. Things have changed for me. It is a
matter
> observing the God of history, whereas most christians talk of the God of
> heaven and a God of salvation, but never of human liberation. To be a
> Christian, meaning to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was
> resurrected.  To be a Marxist, to analyse the social and economic
conditions
> and to eliminate class antagonisms that causes them through proletarian
> revolution.
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> As a Christian, my own commitment to God is also a commitment to all of
> humankind.  Jesus said "Love God and Love your neighbor."  One of the
> greatest ways to "love your neighbor" is helping the oppressed, the poor.
> To love your neighbor completely is to eliminate social and economic
> problems that have caused them.
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> And as Sarte once said "Marxism, as the formal format of all contemporary
> philosophical thought, cannot be superseded."  This quote puts
contemporary
> Christian Theology in direct confrontation with Marxism, and it is due to
> the influence of Marxism that Christian Theology has already began to
> reflect on the meaning of the transformation of the world and human action
> in history.
>
> In solidarity
> Josh
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