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Marxists And Christians

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The Christianity of the 1960s has a quality of complacent self-sufficiency that does not seem to destine it for painful encounters and the Marxism of the 1960s is unlikely to make an immediate impact on anybody, at least in Britain. This chapter characterises the kind of dialogue that might go on between Christians and Marxists in the 1960s at occasional moments in odd places. It then looks at the problems for Christianity that might be created by this dialogue. The Christianity of Pasternak (so different from that of the bishops) and the Marxism of Brecht (so different from that of his bishops) infect the consciousness of many people who will think themselves quite alien to this dialogue. But it will cast its shadows in their minds. Can one be both Christian and Marxist? The first cynical, but historically vindicated answer, is that one can be Christian and anything.

Keywords:Brecht; Britain; Christians; Marxists; Pasternak



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