[Marxism] Re: The Passion of Christ

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Tue Feb 24 14:02:50 MST 2004

We need a Marxist documentary on "The Reason for Christ"
--alluding to the Enlightenment dichotomy, and perhaps to that old
socialist publication "An Appeal to Reason."  Naturally, we would
include the famous quote from Marx:

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real
suffering and a protest against real suffering.  Religion is the sigh of
the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of
soulless conditions.  It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the
demand for their real happiness.  To call on them to give up their
illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a
condition that requires illusions.  The criticism of religion is,
therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which
religion is the halo.

Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of
by Karl Marx
Deutsch-Französische Jahrbucher, February, 1844

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