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Ever wondered why Karl Marx thought religion was like Opium - or whether religion is possible without a god? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of four 60 second animations examines different ways that religion has been viewed by non-religious thinkers. As well as Marx and Dawkins, religion is put under the microscope by thinkers Auguste Comte and JJ Bachoffen.
Had Marx got his way, society would be so happy being revolutionaries, there’d be no need for religion. He’d obviously never been to a Gulag.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||Religion as social control||Had Marx got his way, society would be so happy being revolutionaries, there’d be no need for religion. He’d obviously never been to a Gulag. Play now Religion as social control|
|2||Religion as ritual||Explore how ancient beliefs developed from “Eggism” into modern day religion. French philosopher, Comte explains how. Play now Religion as ritual|
|3||Religion as a mother||Why do so many people picture God as a man? JJ Bachofen suggested there was once a time when it was the Goddess, not God that people turned to for religious guidance. Play now Religion as a mother|
|4||Religion as a virus||Can science and religion ever sit side by side? Not according to Richard Dawkins. And he has rock-star mice to prove it. Play now Religion as a virus|
Originally published: Thursday, 27th September 2012
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