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Criticism of Earth thoroughly reassesses Marx and Engels's engagement with theology, analyzing their collected works for discussions of spiritual matters and the persistence of biblical allusions. What emerges is a continued interest that is maintained throughout their lives, from Marx's Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, until the very end with Engels's treatise on the revolutionary origins of early christianity.
About the Author
Roland Boer: Roland Boer, Ph.D. (1993) in Biblical Studies, McGill University, is Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has published extensively in theology, Marxism, political theory, postcolonialism, cultural studies and literary theory. His most recent works are Criticism of Theology (2011), Cave Droppings (2011), Political Myth (2009) and Criticism of Religion (2009).
Table of ContentsPreface
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