Marxism = Religion by Bishop Richard N. Williamson

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April 23, 2022

The very heart of Marx is God being spurned.
When will this lesson by poor men be learned?

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is an old saying, but it is not always true. Words can have on their own a withering power to destroy an opponent. First prize in this respect must go to the word “anti-semite,” but in recent times the word “racist” is giving “anti-semite” a run for its money. Where has this obsession with “race” come from, and why has it become so wicked to be a “racist”? James Lindsay is a 43-year old American author and cultural critic of whom one would guess that he is of a generation which was born and bred in left-wing thinking, but which is beginning to come out the other side, as did in their time Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn. Lindsay has a clear explanation in two stages of how “race” has come to assume the disproportionate importance being given to it today.

In a first stage Lindsay shows how Marxism should rather be called Marxianity, because it is the sheerest of substitutes for Christianity. Lindsay says that this is very clear in Marx’s Notebooks from 1844, which are nowhere near as famous as Marx’s “Das Kapital” from 1867, but which may well be more significant and interesting. In a second stage Lindsay shows how the philosophic system of Marx, as a successor of the subjectivist Kant and the evolutionary Hegel, is in constant evolution, so that the Communist Revolution not only can evolve, but, as Lenin said, must evolve with the circumstances of the age. And it was another Jewish thinker, Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979), who in mid-20th century successfully argued that as lever for the Revolution the working-class was out of date and needed to be replaced – by race! Hence the quasi-religious importance of race, as a means of continuing to turn the world upside down.

A religion for turning the world upside down? Yes, that is Communism, recognised by Winston Churchill as “Christianity with a tomahawk,” by Pius XI as the “messianism of materialism.” In 1851 or thereabouts the English poet Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) heard in the surf on Dover Beach “the melancholy long withdrawing roar Of faith around the world.” And as Christianity receded, like the tide ebbing, so it left a huge emptiness in men’s minds and lives, which had to be filled with something, or, as Chesterton said, with anything, but preferably something at least seeming to be capable of fulfilling those needs of man that Christianity fulfilled. And this is what Lindsay says Marxism did and still does. Thus Marx was presenting much more than just a political and social theory. He was outlining a theology, a complete theory of mankind and human nature. Let us enumerate the various elements of Christianity to see how Marx replaces them –

Christianity has a God with a purpose and endpoint for this world, the being of which is real and stable (ontology), and knowable (epistemology). There is a kingdom of God obtainable in Heaven, but on earth the Garden of Eden was lost by original sin, with all consequent sins. However, there is a heavenly salvation from sin, both original and personal, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.

Now for Marx. He gets rid of any real God and replaces Him with man. Religion is just “the opium of the people.” In Marxist ontology, being may be real but it is certainly not stable because it is constantly evolving (cf. Hegel), and it is not objective but only subjectively knowable (cf. Kant). Nevertheless the life of man on earth has an endpoint and purpose, which is the triumph of the socialist Revolution by which all men will live in Communist harmony, recreating on earth the kingdom of God and the Garden of Eden. The new original sin which vitiates all non-socialist societies on earth is private property, because it creates a division of labour, creating in turn social relations of domination, exploitation and alienation. So Communism abolishes private property (cf. Karl Schwab), and all class distinctions. There will be universal redemption as soon as the mechanism of the State is no longer needed to establish universal equality. Meanwhile all men must be on the side of the Revolution, and work with it and for it, to set up this paradise on earth, where man will be God.

Watch the James Lindsay video:

See next week’s issue of these “Comments” for the second stage of his argument as to the roots of today’s “racism.”

Kyrie eleison.


Bishop Richard N. Williamson

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