Marxism and Religion

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(Beliefs in Society ) Mind Map on Marxism and Religion, created by leeya_chowdhury on 03/27/2014.
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Marxism and Religion
1 Functionalist reject the negative side of religion. Marxist see society divided into 2 classes of the Bourgeosies and Proletarians
1.1 creating class conflict between both opposing sides, once the workers become aware of their exploitation they will overthrow capitalism
2 Religion and Ideology
2.1 Ideology- a belief system that distorts reality, serving the interest of the ruling class
2.1.1 ideology is used as a weapon to legitimise class inequality e.g. Aseticism- self denial and giving yourself to your religion.
2.2 False conscience- religion distorts reality for the poor to prevent them from revolting
2.2.1 Neo-Marxism- ignores the positive functions, Religion assists the idea of class consciousness, stealing from the rich as a political movement
2.3 Lenin-(spiritual Gin) the idea of intoxicating the WC by creating a mythical fog that keeps them from revolting
2.4 religion legitimises dominate classes 'disobedience is sinful as well as illegal'
3 Religion and Alienation
3.1 Alienation- losing control of individual production, exists in class society where WC have no freedom of expression
3.1.1 Althusser- Alienation is unscientific, favours Positive methods
3.2 Religion as a Opium- numbing the of exploitation, it can not offer any solutions to misery, only blur the truth
3.3 Justifying social inequality
3.3.1 caste system- Hindus are born into ascribed roles, they cannot marry outside their caste. Karma teaches that if you lived a good life then you will be born into a higher caste in the next life time.
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