Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin – Part 3

Without a doubt, the Marxists were largely correct in seeing the basic struggle16 in ancient Greek thought as that between lonian (dialectical) materialism17 and Athenian (Socratic) idealism,18 and gave a tolerable account of the views of especially the former in general and Heraclitus19 and Democritus20 and Epicurus21 in particular.

Marxists are also largely correct in their claim that mediaeval Christianity became synthesized with Greek thought,22 that the Roman Catholic Church was the great unifying factor behind feudalism,23 that philosophy was then reduced to the status of a "handmaid of theology,"24 that some mediaeval anti-Catholic sects25 sought to implement communal property instead of the private property which early26 and Augustinian27 Christianity had defended, and that three camps then strove for the ascendancy~the essentially reactionary Roman Catholics, the essentially revolutionary communistic Anabaptists, and the essentially reformist Protestant Lutherans.28