[Marxism] John McAnulty on Dawkins' 'God Delusion'

Philip Ferguson philip.ferguson at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Oct 31 17:24:06 MDT 2007

John McAnulty

"The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is..... the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion."

(Karl Marx, Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, February, 1844)

Should socialists welcome Richard Dawkins book 'The God Delusion'? At first sight this seems a strange question.  Why would we not welcome an acclaimed best-seller that debunks religion? Yet the answer is not straightforward.  Dawkins trashes religion, but he does so from a crude and dogmatic positivism and reductionism that is thoroughly reactionary.  In fact it the failure of the form of science espoused by Dawkins as an overarching explanation of our place in the world and as a guide to the goals we should set ourselves and how humans should conduct themselves that to some extent has fed the rise of religious fundamentalism.  In the end the book becomes a tiresome rant, a tirade of abuse by one dogmatist against another set of dogmatists.

Full at: http://www.socialistdemocracy.org/RecentArticles/RecentReviewTheGodDelusion.html

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