A Christmas read: Jane Eyre, the antidote to Marx

Dec 23, 2018 by

by Julian Mann, TCW: Published in 1847, a year before The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Jane Eyre by clergyman’s daughter Charlotte Bronte is arguably the most explicitly Christian novel in 19th century English literature. Other novels, such as those by Charles Dickens and William Thackeray, often reflect a biblically Christian worldview, but in Jane Eyre Bronte gives overt Christian instruction. She describes the spiritual danger of breaking the Second Commandment,...

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Marxism: A Primer for Confused Clergy

Jun 19, 2018 by

by A James Gregor, Crisis Magazine: A short time ago, in my parish church, I sat through a fevered Marxist exhortation that passed for a homily. I was not particularly surprised. I had suffered similar experiences in lecture halls listening to my colleagues delivering lectures on what purported to be contemporary history. Some elements of our national culture, in education and entertainment, have never made a secret of their preference for what they consider “Marxism.” The Christian community,...

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Marxism didn’t die. It’s alive and well and living among us

Jun 14, 2018 by

by Peter Hitchens, Spectator: I remember the autumn day in 1990 when they came to cart away the large hammer and sickle outside my Moscow block of flats. It was about the size of a cow and made out of a gritty grey metal alloy which had, like almost everything in the USSR, never looked new or clean. Once, these objects had been all over the city. Now they were vanishing. Nobody else seemed especially interested in its departure, probably because there were — more excitingly — eggs on sale down...

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Solzhenitsyn’s Prophecy

Jun 13, 2018 by

by Robert P George, First Things: On June 8, 1978, a man with a craggy face and a beard came to Harvard University, where I was then a graduate student, to give the annual commencement address. The man was not a Harvard graduate. He was not a professor. He was not an American. He did not speak English. His address, given in his native Russian with simultaneous English translation, was not universally well-received. I suspect that some Harvard officials regretted their decision to invite him to...

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Xi Jinping’s dark shadow falls over China’s believers raising concerns

May 24, 2018 by

by Brian Cooper, CEN: THE CHINESE Communist Party’s recent decision to end its post-Mao two-term limit on the state presidency, thereby granting Xi Jinping rule for life over the world’s most populous country, shocked all in the West hoping China’s capitalist prosperity would steadily lead to democracy. It also dismayed all concerned for religious freedom in China. Xi Jinping is not well disposed towards religion, whether Christianity or China’s other faiths. In 2016, he ordered Communist...

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Should Christians celebrate the birthday of Karl Marx?

May 8, 2018 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Last week marked the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, born on the 5th of May 1818. It was an event marked in a positive way by amongst others, the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times (whose headline read ‘Happy Birthday Karl Marx, you were right’), and the Guardian columnist Owen Jones who tweeted; ‘Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx’. The Chinese sponsored a new statue of Marx that was unveiled in his birthplace, Trier, Germany on...

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