Out now: 'Criticism of Earth - On Marx, Engels and Theology' by Roland Boer
Criticism of Earth
On Marx, Engels and Theology
Roland Boer, University of Newcastle, Australia
Category: Social Sciences - Religion & Society
BIC2: Philosophy of religion, Marxism & Communism
Series: Historical Materialism Book Series
Publication Year: 2012
Edition info: 1
Publication Type: Book
Pages, Illustrations: xii, 379 pp.
Criticism of Earth thoroughly reassesses Marx and Engels’s engagement with theology, drawing on largely ignored texts. Thus, alongside ‘opium of the people’, Hegel’s philosophy of law, and the Feuerbach theses, other works are also central. These include Marx’s early pieces on theology, continual transformations of fetishism, and lengthy treatments of Bruno Bauer and Max Stirner. Engels too is given serious attention, since he moved beyond Marx in appreciating theology’s revolutionary possibilities. Engels’s Calvinism is discussed, his treatments of biblical criticism and theology, and his later writings on early Christianity’s revolutionary nature. The book continues the project for a renewed and enlivened interaction between Marxism and religion, being the fourth of five volumes in the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series.
Roland Boer, Ph.D. (1993) in Biblical Studies, McGill University, is Research Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has published extensively in theology, Marxism, biblical criticism and political theory. His most recent works are Criticism of Theology (2011), Cave Droppings (2011), and Criticism of Religion (2009).
All those interested in Marxism and religion, critical theory and philosophy, as well as biblical studies and theology.
Table of contents
1. The Subterranean Bible
2. The Leading Article: Theology, Philosophy and Science
3. Against the Theological Hegelians I: Bruno Bauer
4. Against the Theological Hegelians II: Max Stirner and the Lever of History
5. Against the Theological Hegelians III: Ludwig Feuerbach’s Inversion
6. Hegel, Theology and the Secular State
7. Idols, Fetishes and Graven Images
8. Of Flowers and Chains: The Ambivalence of Theology
9. Engels’s Biblical Temptations
10. Revelation and Revolution
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