Christian Communism

Discussion in 'Politics' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. 2 Timothy2:1-4

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    "Christian communism is a form of religious communism centered around Christianity. It is a theological and political theory based upon the view that the teachings of Jesus Christ compel Christians to support communism as the ideal social system. Although there is no universal agreement on the exact date when Christian communism was founded, many Christian communists assert that evidence from the Bible suggests that the first Christians, including the Apostles, created their own small communist society in the years following Jesus' death and resurrection. As such, many advocates of Christian communism argue that it was taught by Jesus and practiced by the Apostles themselves; a point highly debated among other Christians.
    Christian communism can be seen as a radical form of Christian socialism. Also, due to the fact that many Christian communists have formed independent stateless communes in the past, there is also a link between Christian communism and Christian anarchism. Christian communists may or may not agree with various parts of Marxism. They certainly do not agree with the atheist views of most Marxists, but they do agree with some of the economic aspects of Marxist theory, such as the idea that capitalism exploits the working class by extracting surplus value from the workers in the form of profits. Christian communists also share some of the political goals of Marxists, for example replacing capitalism with socialism, which should in turn be followed by communism at a later point in the future. However, Christian communists sometimes disagree with Marxists (and particularly with Leninists) on the way a socialist or communist society should be organized. In general, Christian communism evolved independently of Marxism, and most Christian communists share the conclusions but not the underlying premises of Marxist communists."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_communism

    What do you think are we seeing this today and even on this board?
     
  2. TomVols

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    Wikipedia is notoriously unreliable. That's first.

    Second, yes, I do think we see some of that to an extent, even around here. However, let's not be quick to poison the well. Some will paint any relief effort as "Christian communism." A cup of cold water in Jesus' name is not communism. (Unless the govt holds a gun to my head and forces me to pour the water) :)
     
  3. KenH

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    I have found Wikipedia to be a reliable source of information.

    I don't agree with the idea of the concepts of communism being enforced by government - Christian or otherwise.
     
  4. TomVols

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    Wikipedia is disallowed as a source at the local schools and colleges, and some others I know of in different states. A local radio station said it will no longer use it for research on interview guests after it got a succession of wrong "facts" about bios off of it.
     
  5. mcdirector

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    I did a search with 2Tim posted this. There are other sources out there besides Wikipedia on Christian Communism.

    I'm not comfortable with the concept. I don't care how equal you try to make things. It's impossible. BUT yes, I do see inclinations toward it.
     
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    Well said. :thumbs:
     
  7. 2 Timothy2:1-4

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    I am not sure who the "some" are. I have never heard anyone refer to relief efforts as communism. Communism comes into play when you use the government to force it on people.
     

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