Published:Novaya Zhizn, No. 28, December 3, 1905. Signed: N. Lenin. Published according to the text in Novaya Zhizn. Present-day society is wholly based on the exploitation of the vast masses of the working class by a tiny minority of the population, the class of the landowners and that of the capitalists. It is a slave society, since the … Continue reading Lenin: Socialism and Religion
Dean Dettloff, co-host of Christian leftist podcast The Magnificast, is teaching another online course with the Institute for Christian Studies.
thoughts from a socialist church abolitionist . . . I struggle often with how other socialists do not recognize that the state will always be an obstacle. If a new revolutionary state is established to construct socialism (throughout the nations and territories on what was formerly the United States), the state should be seen as … Continue reading The Withering Away of State & Church
The story for me goes something like: Jesus had an intimate, dialectical relationship with religious mythology, and through this found a way to build political power from the people. His relationship to God formed him into an organizer. He revealed a gospel that was material, that sought justice at all costs, that prioritized the poor … Continue reading A Mythology of Jesus
"Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution." — George Jackson … Continue reading Crucifying Christian Fellowship to Follow Christ in the Masses
from Thomas J. J. Altizer's The Gospel of Christian Atheism Can we join Zarathustra in his hymn of praise to joy? Can we, too, repudiate every reversal of the present, every flight from pain, every backward movement to eternity? But this is to ask the Christian if he dares to open himself to the Christ who … Continue reading On the Death of God
"Christianity was very different at the beginning. The first reference to the Jesus movement in a nonbiblical source comes from the Jewish Roman historian Flavius Josephus, writing around the same time that the Gospels were taking form. Josephus described the followers of Jesus simply as 'those that loved him at the first and did not … Continue reading Abolish the Priesthood