By Roland Boer
This booklet pursues the results for linking Lenin with theology, which isn't a venture that has been undertaken up to now. What does this inveterate atheist recognized for describing faith as 'spiritual booze' (a gloss on Marx's 'opium of the people') need to do with theology? This e-book finds way over may in the beginning be anticipated, loads in order that Lenin and the Russian Revolution can't be understood with out this advanced engagement with theology.
It additionally seeks to deliver Lenin into contemporary debates over the intersections among theology and the Left, among the Bible and political idea. the major names taken with this debate are quite famous, together with Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Terry Eagleton, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Boer has written touching on those critics, between others, in Boer's past five-volume feedback of Heaven and Earth (Brill and Haymarket, 2007-13). Lenin and Theology builds upon this past venture however it additionally stands on my own as a considerable examine in its personal correct. however it might be recognized as a contribution that follows a sequence that has, as critics have mentioned, performed an enormous position in reviving and taking to a brand new point the controversy over Marxism and religion.
The e-book is predicated upon a cautious, designated and demanding analyzing of the entire forty five volumes of his accrued Works in English translation – fifty five volumes within the Russian unique. From that shut consciousness to the texts, a few key subject matters have emerged: the ambivalence over freedom of selection in issues of faith; his love of the sayings and parables of Jesus within the Gospels; his personal love of creating new parables; the prolonged and intricate engagements with Christian socialists and 'God-builders' one of the Bolsheviks; the significance of Hegel for his reassessments of faith; the arresting advice revolution is a miracle, which redefines the which means of miracle; and the veneration of Lenin after his death.
"In studying this ebook (which he absolutely might have done), Lenin himself could have been amused by means of Boer's personal reward for the outrageously humorous, and maybe angry through an all-too-apt detection of the spiritual dimensions of his innovative views. modern day readers will examine a lot in regards to the Bolshevik 'god-builders' opposed to whom Lenin so fiercely polemicized, and in regards to the ironic twists by which latter-day Bolshevik 'god-builders' grew to become this secular progressive right into a deity. Boer's actual appreciate for the guy and his concept intertwines in interesting methods with an intimate wisdom of Christian rhetoric and theology, leading to a clean, provocative contribution - to highbrow heritage, spiritual reports, and Marxist scholarship." - Paul Le Blanc, Professor of historical past, los angeles Roche collage, united states; writer, Lenin and the progressive get together and Marx, Lenin, and the progressive adventure.