August 8, 2013 / Theology
Christian love is the antithesis of sin, and it can end the separation in everyday life caused by spectacular capitalism.
The much-neglected Frankfurt school of critical theory, which draws richly on Marxist theory, opens a path for collaborative opportunities between religious and social movements. Through an examination of the religious images present in Marx, Horkheimer, Benjamin, and Bloch, Rob Clements argues that there are dialectical possibilities that help us critique, and eventually overcome, the social inequalities evident in advanced capitalist societies.
Helmut Gollwitzer’s engagement with Marxist criticism of religion stimulated his thinking as he worked through how theology and its gospel proclamation should relate to philosophy, science, and politics in a manner that remains relevant in the contemporary North American context.