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Christianity and Anti-Capitalism

Jesus Expels the Moneylenders from the Temple by Giovanni Paolo Pannini, 1750

Christianity has for centuries been the dominant religion in Europe and in much of the world beyond. How has it moulded social and economic practice? What is its role in the marketplace? 

While the religious far-right often seek to influence politics and public policy towards social conservatism, there is also a long legacy of Christian socialism that seeks the universal emancipation of oppressed people. 

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Argues that the subversive core of the Christian legacy forms the foundation of a politics of universal emancipation.

How can we reinvent religion so that it liberates us instead of consoling us? This is a new philosophy of religion for a secular world.

A classic of political economy that traces the influence of religious thought on capitalism.

How liberation theology has brought politics and religion together in Latin America.

A sustained and fascinating reflection on the place of religion in political discourse.

Ernst Bloch examines the origins of Christianity in an attempt to find its social roots, pursuing a detailed study of the Bible and its fascination for 'ordinary and unimportant' people.

In the centuries following the Reformation, the Antichrist was an intensely real figure. The debate raged as to who this Antichrist might be. Was he the Pope? Bishops? A state church? The monarchy? Or was it just a term of abuse to be hurled at anybody one disliked?

Christianity has for centuries been the dominant religion in Europe and in much of the world beyond. Marxism has inspried the widest and deepest social movements of modern times. The encounters between the two have been correspondingly arduous and complex, ranging from drawn combat to dialogue.

In this presentation of the Gospels, renowned thinker Terry Eagleton asks: was Jesus a revolutionary?

Thomas Müntzer was a radical pastor frustrated by the Reformation. Gathered here are his key rousing sermons attacking the princes and preaching an early form of communism.