Essay heading: Marx and Religion

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This aspect of religion is most closely related to what Marx’s idea of religion is, but less conflict theorist and more functionalist. Religion helps keep society in check even when the law can’t. Marx may be right in the assertion that religion is the “opium of society”, but I disagree on what that opiate is treating...
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Marx thought that by removing industrial capitalism we could eliminate any comforting illusions religion had provided to the proletariat. This to me seems unlikely since religion is the product of broader human emotions. There are example of religion and spirituality in societies that had no large class structure...
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