The Communist philosophy too holds religion to be a historical hoax. Since Communism studies history exclusively in the light of economics, to it, all historical factors were offshoots of the economic situation. It holds that it was the feudal and capitalistic systems, prevailing in the past, that had led to the birth of religion. Now that these outdated systems are dying a natural death, religions should also be treated as dead along with it. As Engels puts it, moral concepts, in the last analysis, are the product of contemporary economic conditions.
Human history is the history of class wars, in which the ruling classes have been exploiting the backward classes, and religion and morals were invented to provide an ideological basis for safeguarding the interests of the ruling class.
According to the Communist Manifesto, laws, morals, and religion—all are the fraudulent innovations of the Bourgeoisie under the cloak of which most of its vested interests are hidden.
Addressing the third All-Russia Congress (October, 1920) Lenin had said that: of course, they did not believe in God. They knew very well that the church authorities, landlords and bourgeois who spoke with reference to God, were simply interested in safeguarding their own interests as exploiters… They denied all such moral laws, as had been borrowed from a Super-human power, or were not based on the concept of class. They called this a hoax, an illusion, the befogging of the minds of farmers and labourers in order to serve the interests of landlords and capitalists. They asserted that their moral code was subject to the class struggle of the Proletariat alone, the source of their moral principle being the interest of the class-struggle of the Proletariat.
This is the case put forward by the antagonists of religion, on the basis of which a large number of people, in our modern age have rejected religion.
An American professor of psychology sums it up thus: “Science has shown religion to be history’s cruelest and wickedest hoax.”
We have come to the end of the section UNDERSTANDING ATHEISM, by now I am sure you must have understood the mind of an atheist.
So how can we prove to such a person that God exist?
We shall look into this question in the next section of series of notes called ANSWERING ATHEISM.
AGE OF LOGICAL POSITIVISM
THE WORLD OF PHYSICS
THE WORLD OF HISTORY