Religion and Dialectics carries to a new level, the critical dialogue between religious belief, dialectical thinking, and socialist practice, which has given birth, among other things, to the theology of liberation and to a new Marxist sociology of religion. On the one hand, Anthony Mansueto argues that, contrary to the claims of Marx and the dialectical materialist tradition, religion is fundamentally a force for human development and social progress and that atheism, far from being integral to the socialist project, in fact helps to legitimate the market order. On the other hand, Mansueto sharpens considerably the dialectical critique of Christianity, asking just what elements of this tradition are conducive to human development and social progress, and which are not.
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About the Author
Anthony E. Mansueto, Jr. is President and Research Director, Institute for Philosophy and Social Progress, Dallas, Texas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 I. Introduction Chapter 2 Blessed are the Meek: Religion and Socialism in Italian American History Chapter 3 Religion, Solidarity, and Class Struggle: Marx, Durkheim, and Gramsci on the Religion Question Chapter 4 II. Introduction Chapter 5 Christianity, Antisemitism, and Empire Chapter 6 Mater/ia: The Political Dimensions of Marian Devotion Chapter 7 III. Introduction Chapter 8 Organizing for Family and Congregation? A Critique of the Political-Theological Vision and Strategy of the Industrial Areas Foundation Chapter 9 The Current Crisis in the Catholic Church Chapter 10 IV. Introduction Chapter 11 Visions of Cosmopolis Chapter 12 Religion and Politics in Mexico Chapter 13 V. Introduction Chapter 14 Once Again on the Religious Question Chapter 15 What Can You Do to Change the World? Chapter 16 Bibliography