Irrelevant Theology

  • Trevor Ling


Both in view of what was said at the end of the last chapter, and of the conclusion reached in Chapter Nine,1 that the Marxist critique of ‘religion’ is really a critique of nineteenth-century Western theology, we must now consider more closely the kind of judgement on theology which has been implied in this study. That is to say we must consider how far the strictures of Feuerbach and Marx on theology were, and still are, justified; and also how far this is due to the weakening within Western Christianity of those elements of religious life and practice which have been preserved elsewhere, both in Christianity and in Buddhism.


Religious Experience Religious Life Mystical Experience Traditional Theology Marxist Critique 
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  1. 1.
    On this, see the essay by E.J. Tinsley, ‘Parable Allegory and Mysticism’, in Vindications (S.C.M., London, 1966).Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    Quoted by A. Hottinger, The Arabs (London, 1963), p. 94.Google Scholar
  3. 1.
    Harold Wilson, quoted by J. Robinson, The New Reformation? (1965), p. 76.Google Scholar
  4. 2.
    Erich Fromm, The Fear of Freedom (1942), ch. ii.Google Scholar
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    Sec K. Leech, in Theology (March 1965), p. 139.Google Scholar
  6. 3.
    T.J.J. Altizer, Mircea Eliade and the Dialectic of the Sacred (1963), p. 14.Google Scholar

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© Trevor Ling 1979

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  • Trevor Ling
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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