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Critical Thomisim

Critical Thomisim

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  • Chapter 1
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  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
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  • Chapter 27
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 34
  • Chapter 35
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  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 48
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  • Chapter 50
  • Chapter 51
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God and Communism


Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif

© Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar

In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx, its author, takes the position that God is an infantile

projection and that religion is the Opiate of the People. I argue that Marx point has some validity, but

overall is wrong

In his book, “The Two Sources of Morality and Religion,” philosopher Henri Bergson discusses

two types of religion and two types of God. In the first type of religion, let us call this, Conventional

Religion, religion is based upon inauthentic authority. People are taught to “pray, pay, and obey,” and

nothing more. Genuine spirituality is suspect at best, considered evil at worst. Genuine spirituality or

religious experience is considered evil by conventional people because the spiritual person has a direct

pipeline to God, bypassing the religious authority system. I argue that spiritual people are Intuitive

Mystics who value autonomy, rational self interest, self actualization, and helping others.

Conventional people, on the other hand, value obedience, fitting in, conformity, appearances, the status

quo, authoritarianism, and meaningless religious ritual.

The “God” of convention fits with the religion of convention. The Conventional God is

authoritarian, demand strict obedience, values appearances, values conformity, hates spiritual

experience. This conventional God is the false God criticized by Karl Marx in the Communist

manifesto. The religion criticized by Marx as the opiate of the people is precisely conventional


The second type of religion that Bergson speaks of is Intuitive, or Spiritual, or Intellectual

religion. Intuitive religion is Spirituality. Intuitive religion is where the participant actually actually

comes into real contact with God. This is the God of Being, not the God of authority. The God of

Being inspires us to pursue Justice and Social Justice, not conformity and not the status quo. The God

of Being encourages us to wear khaki shorts to church in the summer, not a three piece suit or a fancy

dress. The God of Being encourages an intellectual life based upon Reason. The God of Being

encourages artistic creativity. The God of Being despises, appearances, conformity, authoritarianism,

and empty religious rituals with no spirituality involved.

Karl Marx did not criticize the God of Being in the Communist Manifesto, only the God of

Convention. For the Spiritual Theist, Communism mean Equity, “To each according to his need, from

each according to his ability.” Keeping in mind of course that those with abilities have needs too, such

as, self actualization needs. Understood in this sense, then, it is possible to believe in the God of

Being and be a Communist. There is no contradiction. Karl Marx did not criticize the God of Being.

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