What do Marxists say are the functions of religion?


A level


10m 0s
Marxists are critical of the role of religion as they see it as upholding capitalist ideology. This podcast explores why Marx saw religion as an ‘opium of the masses’ and why these views may be or not be useful for understanding the role of religion today.

  1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make careful notes of key concepts and any key thinkers. 
  2. How does the education system help maintain capitalism?
  3. What did Marx mean when he said that ‘religion is the opium of the people?’
  4. How are Neo Marxist approaches different to Classical Marxist approaches to religion?

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