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Marx’s on Religion

Karl Marx’s thought of religion as destructive in his theory of socialism. He went as far as calling it the opium of the people. He felt that religion exploited people and prevented them from their true destinies. In Marx’s theory he separate people into two social classes the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. That is they are the owners of businesses and the workers. In Marx’s theory he believed the bourgeoisie created religion to oppress the proletariat. He thought that it was created to keep the proletariat docile and accepting to the way things were. Marx’s also contended that region was an enemy to his socialist revolutionary state. This was base on that religion was sedating and misdirecting so being it was taking away from the proletariat rising and moving forward toward the perfect classless society. Now although Marx believed religion, was created by the bourgeoisie I tend not to agree with this theory. Religion was created long before the bourgeoisie. As we know religion has roots to the beginning of time. It is not to use to keep people in line as explained by Marx. People have used religion for various reasons whether it is for an explanations for why things happen, for a spiritual well being or for attaining eternal life. I do not believe it can be used a trickery so to speak to keep people in line. Of coarse I am sure it can be if one tries to manipulate it. I guess you may see this within some cults. But Marx was talking about society as a whole not just about some cult. Onto Marx contention, that it is an enemy to his socialist revolutionary state. I like the end result for Marx theory on his socialist state. Although I know it will never be achieved it is a good theory. But as to whether it was sedating I can’t see that. Religion may be uplifting but in my opinion it is not sedating. As far as misdirecting, I…...

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