To gather support from the masses during World War II, the Stalin government re-opened thousands of temples and extinguished the league of militant atheists. Consisting of a synthesis of Christian theology and Marxist socioeconomic analyses, liberation theology stresses social concern for the poor and advocates for liberation for oppressed peoples.
But for those of us for whom the New Testament is not merely a record of the past but a challenge to the present, it is occasionally worth asking ourselves whether the distance separating the Christianity of the apostolic age from the far more comfortable Christianities of later centuries — and especially those of the developed world today — is more than one merely of time and circumstance.
Acts"All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
He meant that Communism had laid hold on certain truths which are an essential part of the Christian scheme of things and which every Christian should acknowledge and profess, but that it had bound up with them concepts and practices which no Christian can ever acknowledge or profess.
It is avowedly secularistic and materialistic. The murmur subsided, though not necessarily the disquiet. And he said much of this while installed as Archbishop of Constantinople.
I assumed that long familiarity had prepared me to turn the Greek into English almost effortlessly.
Since "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" 1 Tim NRSVit seems natural for Christians to oppose a social system founded - as Christian communists claim - entirely on the love of money. Atheist propaganda returned to a lesser extent during the Khruschev government, and continued in a less strict way during the Breszhnev years.
They represent diametrically opposed ways of looking at the world.