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By Roland Boer

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ISBN-13: 9781137323903

This booklet pursues the consequences for linking Lenin with theology, which isn't a undertaking that has been undertaken so far. What does this inveterate atheist recognized for describing faith as 'spiritual booze' (a gloss on Marx's 'opium of the people') need to do with theology? This booklet finds way over may in the beginning be anticipated, quite a bit in order that Lenin and the Russian Revolution can't be understood with out this advanced engagement with theology.

It additionally seeks to carry Lenin into fresh debates over the intersections among theology and the Left, among the Bible and political proposal. the foremost names keen on this debate are kind of famous, together with Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Terry Eagleton, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Boer has written referring to those critics, between others, in Boer's previous five-volume feedback of Heaven and Earth (Brill and Haymarket, 2007-13). Lenin and Theology builds upon this past venture however it additionally stands on my own as a considerable research in its personal correct. however it might be recognized as a contribution that follows a sequence that has, as critics have mentioned, performed an important function in reviving and taking to a brand new point the controversy over Marxism and religion.

The booklet relies upon a cautious, precise and significant interpreting of the complete forty five volumes of his accrued Works in English translation – fifty five volumes within the Russian unique. From that shut consciousness to the texts, a few key issues have emerged: the ambivalence over freedom of selection in concerns of faith; his love of the sayings and parables of Jesus within the Gospels; his personal love of making new parables; the prolonged and intricate engagements with Christian socialists and 'God-builders' one of the Bolsheviks; the significance of Hegel for his reassessments of faith; the arresting advice revolution is a miracle, which redefines the that means of miracle; and the veneration of Lenin after his death.


"In analyzing this booklet (which he without doubt may have done), Lenin himself could have been amused through Boer's personal reward for the outrageously humorous, and maybe angry by way of an all-too-apt detection of the spiritual dimensions of his innovative views. modern day readers will research a lot in regards to the Bolshevik 'god-builders' opposed to whom Lenin so fiercely polemicized, and concerning the ironic twists by which latter-day Bolshevik 'god-builders' became this secular progressive right into a deity. Boer's real recognize for the fellow and his proposal intertwines in attention-grabbing methods with an intimate wisdom of Christian rhetoric and theology, leading to a clean, provocative contribution - to highbrow background, non secular reviews, and Marxist scholarship." - Paul Le Blanc, Professor of historical past, los angeles Roche collage, united states; writer, Lenin and the innovative get together and Marx, Lenin, and the innovative event.

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And the only step that can be a real step forward is a real, if small, extension of the workers’ field of action. Every such step will be to our advantage and will help to hasten the advent of legal societies of the kind in which it will not be agents provocateurs who are detecting socialists, but socialists who are gaining adherents. In a word, our task is to fight the tares. It is not our business to grow wheat in f lower-pots. By pulling up the tares, we clear the soil for the wheat. And while the Afanasy Ivanoviches and Pulkheria Ivanovnas5 are tending their f lower-pot crops, we must prepare the reapers, not only to cut down the tares of today, but to reap the wheat of tomorrow.

No, Lenin is interested in direct application. We may call this Lenin’s homiletical concern, which assumes that the parable speaks to our concerns today, that it has immediate relevance. The task of interpretation is then to show how the text does address our concerns. In this light, the crucial issue in the context of his interpretation of the parable is the relation between legal and illegal political activities. Should the worker movements and trade unions be strictly legal and public, working within the existing frameworks to achieve small gains?

Or rather, the very act of enabling such free expression and freedom of conscience is the embodiment of collectivity, the result of which turns out to be a collective will. In short, a completely collective approach is the best guarantee for full freedom of conscience. ” And how much misery resulted from it. ” (Lenin 1920w, 305/70) The second moment in which Lenin is less consistent concerns the political ambivalence of religion, particularly Christianity. In part, this inconsistency is due to the profound ambivalence of Christianity itself, which has and continues to offer the most solid support for oppressive and reactionary regimes, while also inspiring 22 ● Lenin, Religion, and Theology one revolutionary movement after another.

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