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Chapter Four: History

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Chapter Summary

This chapter offers a historical-materialist answer as to why Christianity is politically all over the place and why it should produce myths such as Christian communism. The bulk of argument focuses on the meagre collection of letters by the most important ideologue in Christianity the Apostle Paul. Through a series of oppositions law and grace, sin and faith and so on, all of which are clustered around the death and resurrection of Christ, Paul attempts a transition from one to the other, a transition that is also an effort to offer an ideological and cultural passage from an older economic system to the one that the Romans were brutally imposing in the ancient Near East. This ambivalence on Paul's part enabled Christianity to take contrasting positions in relation to power, especially economic power, and it explains why Christianity so easily slipped into a seat at the table of empire.

Keywords: Apostle Paul; Christian communism; historical-materialist answer; resurrection



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