Christianity, Communism, and History

Christianity, Communism, and History

Christianity, Communism, and History

Christianity, Communism, and History

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Many men have helped to change the course of history, but no two have more completely disrupted the ways of man than Jesus Christ and Karl Marx. Jesus Christ, a carpenter, lived two thousand years ago and was crucified while still young. Karl Marx, an intellectual bourgeois, was born in 1818 and died in 1883 as he sat quietly in a chair, long years after he had been hounded out of his native land by governmental oppression. Both men were attacked for destroying religion, and yet both founded new religions, Christianity and Communism. Jesus built his religion upon peace, love, and brotherhood; Marx built his upon revolution, class war, and the fraternity of the proletariat. Today these two religious systems face each other in the world. No other force can rival them. The problem of comparing is difficult because each is today a perversion of the ideals of its founder. Yet the comparison must be made.

KARL MARX, THE ENIGMA

Marx is an enigma, a man of paradox. He was a striking figure at whom one would look twice in passing. His large forehead, ferocious beard, unkempt clothes, and flashing eyes drew attention. For years he sat, a recluse, buried in research as he filled the room with a haze of cheap-cigar smoke. He passed almost unknown in the world of his day, and yet Time magazine (by no stretch of the imagination a supporter of . . .

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