Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin – Part 1

On the one hand, each of the three was painfully aware of his own shortcomings. Marx's use of an unprintable four-letter word to refer to some of his own writings reveals exactly what he thought of their intrinsic worth.32 Engels wrote to Marx that he was "still dissatisfied" with his own essay on the Mark (the primitive German commune) and that "I myself would like to be quit of the stuff";33 and in his Introduclion to his Anti-Dühring, Engels declared: "It was not my fault that I had to follow Herr Dühring into realms where at best I can only claim to be a dilettante. This applies to jurisprudence and in many instances also to natural science. … I am also aware of the inadequacy of my knowledge of physics and chemistry."34 And Lenin roundly admitted in his 1899 Letter to Potressov: "I recognize my backwardness in philosophic matters."35