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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Explain the views of Karl Marx on religion.

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  1. Karl Marx states ' Religion is the sigh of the oppress creature, the heart of the heartless world, the soul of the soulless condition; it is the opium of the people'. I think what Marx has implied is that religion is what brings hope to the people that live in a society where they are treated unjustly;their superiors are unsympathetic to their needs and show no remorse towards them.Religion is a medicine that is used to relieve the feeling of hurt and despair;it alleviate the unplesant situations that that the people face daily.

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  2. Irone Thompson-Davis 1PR2October 1, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Karl Marx says that Religion is sigh of the opressed creature, the heart of the heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. it is the opium of the people.

    ANS=I think Karl Marx is saying that religions's purpose is to create illusory fantasies for the poor. Economic realities prevent them from finding true hapiness in this life, so religion tells them that this is OK because they will find true hapiness in the next life. Although this is a critism of religion, Marx is not without sympathy: people are in distress and religion provides solace, just as people who are physically injured receive relief from opiate-based drugs.

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  3. Marx states that religion is the opium of the people. By which he opines that religion is used to keep people in their place and docile, unlikely to seek a change in their circumstances. He thinks this is not a good thing for the proletariat and benefits the established order.

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  4. Marx says that 'Religion is the opiate of the Masses'. Religion is, in his view, a drug which keeps the mass of the population sedated. Obviously Marx is critical of this situation. He sees the Church as something which does not do for the mass of people what he thinks that it should. The Church he sees as a tool of the establishment in keeping poor people poor. He is referring primarily to what he sees in the society of 19th century Britain: Times have changed

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  5. Notoya Willias 1PR2October 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    According to Marx, the supreme end of man is an immanent and material one, and consists in happiness. This material happiness must be obtained through organized collectivism. In fact, according to Marx, reality is governed by economic needs (historical materialism). Economic reality develops according to Hegel's dialectical principles; that is, reality must deny itself in order to reach a higher degree of being.

    In application, this principle means that the present organization of society must be destroyed (even through violent revolution, if necessary, because only through such destruction can a better political, economic, and social organization be achieved. To establish this new format of society, working men (the proletariat) must be organized and take up the struggle against the capitalists who defraud them. Thus the actors in this drama are the social classes -- the proletariat is arrayed against capitalism. This struggle, according to Marx and Engels, will end in victory for the proletariat, that is, in the triumph of universal Socialism.

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  6. Patricia Bryan- Tulloch 1PR2October 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Marx views are that religion is developed to creates an illusion to hide the real struggles of the people, because true happiness is derived from both economic and social well-being. He is saying that capitalism justifies alienation. Real religion makes the same demands on all followers. eg. christianity teaches that those who suffer oppression and poverty will be rewarded in heaven and those who seek after ecomonic gain will almost not inhert the kingdom of god.hence his famous saying "religion is the opium (drugs) of the people" as it soothes and nums their senses to the pain of oppression.

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  7. Ackema Ferguson 1PR1October 10, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    For Marx, religion is a system inside a sick world in which use to escape and get away from all his problem.It was also viewed from Marx points that religion is the opium of the people with deadens their masses.

    Marx also remark that people that are religious really do believe "life" will be better for them after they die.

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  8. Natalee Campbell-Clarke 1PR1October 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    for Marx religion was originated from alienation, for him religion was opium for the people. this was a source of happiness and some what a little of comfort, he even thought that religion was not as necessary as part of human culture.

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  9. Marx thought that religion was/is an expression of material realities and economic injustice. To him, a religious person is someone who is really suffering and in the same breath is using religion as an avenue to hide their suffering. His quote,"religious suffering is,at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest aginst real suffering", is the expression that I use to understand his concept of religion.

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  10. Marx Religion is the sigh of oppressed creature, the heart of the world just as the spirit of the spiritless condition it is the opium of the people.
    He belief that religion provide hope for people in an heartless world, it also provide security.It is a medicine that relief the feeling of hurt, it help us to cope with bad situations daily.

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  11. Nardian McFarlane-Fisher 1pr2November 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Religion was forced on the Marx,because his family was Jewish, as a result he stem religion from his personal beliefs.He believe that religion is the survival of the fittest.

    During his life with his parent he said that he saw how the Jewish people was oppressed

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  12. Marx stated that "religion is the opium of the people" he believes that religion is an alienated society and that is how it originated. He also believes religion is a source of hope for individuals in a heartless world and religion acts as a form of security, it protects them.

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