Marx on Children (and on Forgiving Christianity)
Date Written: 25/07/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23740
An exploration of Marx's and Christianity's views on children.
According to his daughter Eleanor, Karl Marx often said, "Despite everything, we can forgive Christianity much, because it has taught us to love children." What did he mean by that?
Despite everything, we can forgive Christianity much. Despite the Roman Catholic Church's child abuse scandals, despite the general association of institutional Christianity with colonialism and oppression. Belief in God as a baby delivering hope, worthy of tenderest reverence, is what Ludwig Feuerbach (a philosopher who inspired Marx) called the "essence of Christianity."