Religion and Socialism December session

Tuesday, 5 December

Religion and Socialism December session

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TicketsIn this second session we will look at Marx’s own view on religion. Is religion always an ‘opiate of the masses’, a blinding ideology that stops revolutionary potential? Or is religion necessary in a painful world? Readings to follow.

What is the relationship between religion and socialism? Should there even be one? What can a largely secular movement take and learn from faith traditions? How can leftwing and faith communities work together to improve society today?
Following on from the successful/insightful/interesting panel session at this year’s Bristol Transformed, BT is starting a reading and discussion group along similar themes. Each month we will pursue a different set theme with the discussion based loosely around a choice of reading – Introductory, further and podcast options will be available to suit your expertise, interests and time constraints.
Over the course of the year we intend to cover the Marxist approach to religion, the history of how religious and leftwing political movements have influenced each other and start to consider what the modern left could learn from religious practices.
We welcome participation from all people: those of all faiths, all political beliefs and none are invited to join the discussion.
The sessions will mostly be run in a P4C (Philosophy for Communities) format which means that they are interactive and participatory with the content and direction of the session decided democratically.
Don’t worry if you’re worrying about managing to complete the reading. Do your best. Turning up and taking part is more important.
Doors open from 6pm for a 6:30pm start. The sessions will take place on the following Tuesdays: Sept 19th, Oct 10th, Nov 7th, Dec 5th.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested minimum donation of £3.00 in order to help cover venue costs. There are some limited free tickets as well for comrades who will struggle to contribute this.

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, 5 December, 2023 - 17:30 to 19:00


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  • discussion
  • education
  • talk
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