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In the Vale of Tears
On Marxism and Theology, V
In the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series's final volume Roland Boer presents his own views on Marxism and Theology.
In the Vale of Tears brings to a culmination the project for a renewed and enlivened debate over the interaction between Marxism and religion. It does so by offering the author's own response to that tradition. It simultaneously draws upon the rich insights of a significant number of Western Marxists and strikes out on its own. Thus, it argues for the crucial role of political myth on the Left; explores the political ambivalence at the heart of Christianity; challenges the bent among many on the Left to favour the unexpected rupture of kairós as a key to revolution; is highly suspicious of the ideological and class alignments of ethics; offers a thorough reassessment of the role of festishism in the Marxist tradition; and broaches the question of death, unavoidable for any Marxist engagement with religion. While the book is the conclusion to the five-volume series, The Criticism of Heaven and Earth, it also stands alone as a distinct intervention in some burning issues of our time.

Other books by Roland Boer

  • Criticism of Earth

    Long a topic of debate and discussion, Boer sets the record straight about Marx, Engels, and Religion
  • Criticism of Theology

    Roland Boer draws on a vast depth of scholarly knowledge to reclaim the rich contribution of Marxism to theological studies
  • Criticism of Religion

    Roland Boer draws on a vast depth of scholarly knowledge to reclaim the rich contribution of Marxism to theological studies
  • Criticism of Heaven

    This volume consists of a critical commentary on the interactions between Marxism and theology.