60 Second Adventures in Religion: Track 1

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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.

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  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Thursday 27th September 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Religious Studies
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Track 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.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
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

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