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.
- Duration 5 mins
- Updated Thursday 27th September 2012
- Introductory level
- Posted under Religious Studies
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|
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Originally published: Thursday, 27th September 2012
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