Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin – Part 2

 

A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin

FN Lee

PART TWO

Index Part Two

PART TWO DOCTRINAL SECTION………………………………………………………………… 3

Chapter VII LABOR IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY………………………………….. 4

Chapter VIII VALUE IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY……………………………….. 23

Chapter IX PROPERTY IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY …………………………… 38

Chapter X CLASS IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY ……………………………………. 47

Chapter XI THE FAMILY IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY ……………………….. 56

Chapter XII EDUCATION IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY……………………….. 67

Chapter XIII MORALITY IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY………………………… 78

Chapter XIV LAW IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY…………………………………… 84

Chapter XV THE STATE IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY…………………………. 91

Chapter XVI NATIONALITY IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY…………………. 114

Chapter XVII THE ARTS IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY……………………….. 138

Chapter XVIII SCIENCE IN COMMUNIST ESCIIATOLOGY ……………………….. 145

Chapter XIX RELIGION IN COMMUNIST ESCHATOLOGY………………………… 163

PART TWO

DOCTRINAL SECTION

"One cannot know the world we live in today without knowing Marxist philosophy. The editors have sought to provide the

essential materials for such knowledge in the most cogent passages they could find in the writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin.

Only through first-hand acquaintance can one understand why this particular philosophy has become a world phenomenon

that is shaping the destinies of a third of mankind and influencing both intellectuals and unlettered people everywhere. It

safely can be said that no other philosophy has ever been studied so assiduously by so many people under such different

circumstances. It is studied in universities, in rice fields, in factory schools, and on sugar plantations. In one land it is an

authoritative creed; in another it is anathematized and persecuted. It arouses passionate loyalty or heated condemnation, but

it is recognized, even by opponents, to be one of the most significant developments in modern thought."

-Selsam and Martel: Reader in Marxist Philosophy (1964)

Survey

In the preceding HISTORICAL SECTION, we have sketched the historical background of the birth and development of

communist eschatology from ancient materialism through current Soviet practice and present plans for the future realization

of communism.

In this present DOCTRINAL SECTION, we shall present the authoritative communist attitude towards the essence and

eschatological development of a number of topics which communists consider to be of paramount importance.

In the next chapter (ch. 7), we shall deal with the classical communist (i.e., the Marxian-Engelsian-Leninistic) attitude to the

essence and eschatology of labor. This will be followed by chapters on their attitude towards the essence and eschatology of

value (ch. 8), property (ch. 9), class (ch. 10), the family (ch. 11), education (ch. 12), morality (ch. 13), law (ch. 14), the state

(ch. 15), nationality (ch. 16), art (ch. 17), science (ch. 18) and religion (ch. 19).

Each chapter will first discuss the classical communist attitude towards the nature of the topic concerned. Secondly, an

account will be given of the classical communist view of the topic during primitive communism (of which "future communism"

is believed to be "a revival, in a higher form"-thus Engels). Thirdly, a short account will be given of the classical communist

view of the alienated condition of the topic between the demise of "primitive communism" and the advent of post-capitalistic

socialism (which alienation future communism must overcome). Fourthly, this will be followed by a detailed discussion of how

the alienation is removed from the topic concerned during post-capitalistic socialism in the transition to future communism,

according to the classical communist view. Fifthly, a detailed description will be given of the state and nature of the topic

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