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

     Thirdly, there seems to be some confusion as to whether the Marxist view of history is linear (like the Christian view), or cyclical (like the ancient Greek view). Those who believe that Marx thought linearly rather than cyclically, point out88 that he himself posited the clearly linear four historical stages according to the successive "Asiatic, the ancient, the feudal, and the modern bourgeois methods of production," with socialism and communism therebeyond,89 and that it was not Marx but Engels who introduced the cyclic concept in his Anti-Dühring and his Dialectics of Nature,~0 so that Marx here contradicts Engels!