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

-Nikita Khrushchev: The Road to Communism (1961)

A new social order is possible, in which the class differences of today will have disappeared, and in which-perhaps after a short transition period, which, though somewhat deficient in other respects, will in any case be very useful morally-there will he the means of life, of the enjoyment of life, and of the development and activity of all bodily and mental faculties, through the systematic use and further development of the enormous productive powers of society, which exist with us even now, with equal obligation upon all to work.

-Friedrich Engels1

Before commencing on our dissertation itself, we deem it prudent by way of this Introduction: firstly, to define the meaning of the expression communist eschatology" in the sense in which we shall use it; secondly, to discuss the authority of the writings of Marx and Engels and Lenin in communist circles; thirdly, to state the problem to be solved by this dissertation; fourthly, to delineate the material to be used in so doing; fifthly, to mention the difficulties of the subject; sixthly, to enumerate the chief sources to be consulted; seventhly, to outline the methodology and structure of the dissertation; eighthly, to admit frankly the presuppositions of our approach; and ninthly, to discuss the vital importance of the subject to every person alive today-after which (tenthly) a summary of this Introduction will be given.