As we briefly touched on in class today Marx was… dare I say… an atheist. Yet he often would refer to god/gods in his works. I’m curious your take on his beliefs and the influence it had on his philosophies. Did Marx go out of his way to explain ‘God’ as a product of man simply to refute Hegel’s ideas? Did he really believe that religion was a tool used to hold back the masses?
I’ll leave you with a quote that many of you are probably familiar with, but in the full context, just as food for thought.
“Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions.” – Marx