All men build their world and life views on basic presuppositions. Some hold these views consciously; others hold them subconsciously. Some articulate their presuppositions clearly and then fail to carry through on them consistently in the details of life. Others who never state their presuppositions nevertheless tell us what they are by what they do.
When it comes to religion, the most important question lurks behind an obvious fact. Men tell us what they believe. Or what they don’t believe. That is important. But even more important is where they got their beliefs. We ask them: What is the source of your religious knowledge?
The Marxist begins with materialism. He denies that spiritual reality is the ultimate that precedes the material. He is an atheist. From whence does he get this knowledge? Certainly it is not innate, for millions of other people don’t agree with it. If it comes from intuition, the Marxist must ask himself why anyone should trust his intuition against that of others who arrive at opposite poles using their own intuition. If he gets his knowledge from reason and observation, he is hard put to explain why his reason is superior to someone else’s and how his observations of the external would provide a compelling thesis for his presuppositions.
The agnostic is in a worse predicament than even the atheist. He does not believe there is any possibility of the knowledge of God or of ultimate things. All knowledge is relative and therefore uncertain. At least the atheist makes the claim to certainty. Marxism indeed is a religion that has its absolutes. It claims to foresee and it promises a utopia to come, and this gives it status, so that it appeals to empty bellies, hungry hearts, and minds that search for finalities. ...1
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