In a message dated 1/23/00 14:35:05, Robert Owen wrote:
> Atheism is not only a theological,
> but an ethical negation of Christianity. It belongs close to
> nihilism for the reasons I stated earlier: it is essentially a
> anti-monarchical/anti-christian term adopted by Marx,
> Engels, Lenin and Trosky to characterize the strategy of
> radical revolution.
Atheism as a concept greatly antedates the Communists, and has
continued in its non-Communist versions throughout. Marx et al.
tried to sneak a lot of bizarre baggage under some obvious
atheist truisms but that had nothing to do with atheism. I don't
know anybody who thinks atheists are even often Communists.
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