Issue 22: Marxism

In this issue, we examine the potentially surprising intersections of Marxism with Christianity and the ways in which these resources may help us contend with and recognize the powers of the market. Our interest here isn’t to attempt to locate “orthodox Marxism” or to parrot the ideologies of the twentieth-century Eastern bloc, as if the thousand Marxisms of today could be reduced to these vulgar expressions. Instead, in this issue we set out to learn from the critical theories associated with Marxism as a way of demystifying the new secular powers that reign over our world. Indeed, if it is true that the emperor (or the medieval church) has been replaced by the market as the dominant structure of the day, then it is finally time to broaden the resources our theology engages in order to help us unmask the pretensions of the market’s power.