A Marxist Perspective on Religion

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The average person is likely familiar with Marx’s description of religion as “the opium of the people”. This comment is typically interpreted to mean that religion leads sheep astray and proliferates false consciousness. Marx’s view on religion is simplified into one of religion as a blindfold, used by the ruling classes of each epoch to beguile the laboring classes. This is not the totality of Marx’s view, however. To truly…