- Give an example which either supports or contradicts Marx’s idea that ”religion is the opium of the people”
- One of the most frequently paraphrased statements of Karl Marx is, religion is the opium of the people.
- Karl Marx argues that religion plays a significant role in maintaining the status quo by promising rewards in the after-life rather than in this life.
- Social inequalities result from the differences inherent in class structures, such as the inequality between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.
- proletariat: the working class or lower class
- status quo: the current state of things; the way things are, as opposed to the way they could be; the existing state of affairs.
- bourgeoisie: The capitalist class.
Religion as opium of the people: Abolition of Religion as the Illusory Happiness of the People.
Karl Marx: Religion, Marx held, was a significant hindrance to reason, inherently masking the truth and misguiding followers.