Criticism of Religion: On Marxism and Theology, II by Roland Boer

By Roland Boer

Feedback of faith bargains a lively serious statement at the engagements with faith and theology through quite a number best Marxist philosophers and critics: Lucien Goldmann, Fredric Jameson, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Kautsky, Julia Kristeva, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Georg Lukács, and Raymond Williams. except delivering sustained critique, the purpose is to collect key insights from those critics with a view to increase a entire concept of faith. The e-book follows at the heels of the acclaimed feedback of Heaven, being the second one quantity of a 5 quantity sequence referred to as feedback of Heaven and Earth.


"All [...] of those essays are really worth examining. They embrace the fruit of a long time of mirrored image and convey a so much awesome command of an enormous and heterogeneous literature. they're insightful, thought-provoking, and likewise unique within the feel of showing unforeseen facets of these below dialogue. the fashion is typically a bit arch, however the research is usually colossal and the evaluate sensible. not anyone interpreting Boer will come away with out being greater educated and wiser."
David McLellan, Marx and Philosophy overview of Books.

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And this is precisely what Pascal does, according to Goldmann: he introduces a tripartite division into human existence. Along with the Elect and the Damned, there are also the Called who do not persevere in their calling. The trick with the third category is that it assumes the perspective of human beings. God may have two categories, but what God is up to is well beyond human knowledge since His ways are inscrutable. So we are left with what we know as human beings (the Bible notwithstanding).

32 ‘Until 1654 Pascal looked for truth in the natural world and in the abstract sciences; from 1654 to 1657 he hoped that truth would triumph in the Church and religion in the world, and played an active part in trying to bring this triumph about. But towards the end of his life he learned that man’s true greatness can lie only in his awareness of his weakness and limitations, and saw the uncertainty which characterises any human life, both in the natural world and in the Church Militant. . In doing so, he discovered tragedy, the complete and certain uncertainty of all truth, paradox, the refusal of the world by a man who remains within it and the direct appeal to 29 30 18 • Chapter One this level, Goldmann draws me right in.

He is quite consistent, for ‘world [le monde]’ means the realm of public, political life, the affairs of state and business. A renunciation of the world is the refusal of such a life, and the tension of which he writes is the tension, or as he prefers, the paradox of refusing that public and political world while yet remaining part of it. All the same, the tension has more to it than Goldmann perhaps realises. If I focus on the question of renunciation that is dear to me, it is not so hard to realise that retreat is really a retreat from one world to another world.

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