Foundations of Christianity is a book by Marxist theoretician Karl Kautsky. In it, he attempts to explain the origins of Christianity, and claims that it can best. Religion is not the motor-force of history but great social changes are expressed in changes in religion. In his book Ludwig Feuerbach and the. Foundations of Christianity. Karl Kautsky. Halaman 2. Content. Author’s Foreword . Book One: The Person Of Jesus. I. The Pagan Sources. II. The Christian.

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Finally, his account of the later Jewish history is based very largely on Josephus, and his account of the Essenes was written long before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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I recently re-read this classic work by Kautsky after I had developed an interest in the historicity of Jesus. George Brown rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Mar 06, Radostinski rated it really liked fpundations Shelves: Its popular success is probably due to the interest of socialist militants to see a vision of the origins of Christianity which permits the modern workers’ movement to appropriate to itself the figure of Jesus as a prophet and martyr for the proletarian cause.

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Even the communism he sees in the early church he traces to the new cultural emphasis on taking care of widows and orphans, because Greco-Roman thought has shifted toward individualism, breaking down community ties I mean, what? The main point is that this change, the real “apostasy” of the church, was not primarily a change in religion and was not brought about consciously by some sort of conspiracy, as Protestants seem to think although insofar as they still support the rich against the poor and obedience to “constitued” authority, for all their claims to be “reformed” or “restored” they are still on the post-apostasy side of the developmentbut was a natural, unavoidable and largely unconscious process connected with the growth of the church.

Bart rated it liked it Jan 02, Now, this is not impossible, but it is very speculative as he admitsand I’ve read too many other versions of the “historical Jesus” to be convinced: Kautsky’s book on the effects of Christianity on the masses, while dryly pedantic in only the fashion that a Soviet Marxist could write at the turn of the last century, is fairly accurate in its depiction of that particular religion as being the heaviest oppressor of the greater parts of society.


In his foreword, Kautsky expressed his hope that the book would be ‘a chdistianity weapon in the struggles of the present, in order to hasten the attainment of a better future’.

Table of contents Introduction; Part I: The Slave-Holding System 2. However, it was precisely the Bishop, as the one responsible for finances, who had the most interest in attracting and keeping well-to-do members, and so played the major role in the changes in christiantiy composition of the church. There was no “victory of Christianity” over heathen society, the church that won the victory was one with the previously heathen society it replaced. Kautsky contended that Christianity was born out of a group of Jewish proletarians in a decaying Roman empirewho sought to defeat the Romans through a violent insurrection.

It is a very sweeping look at the life and times of first century Roman society, with a particular focus on the Jewish origins of Christianity.

Foundations of Christianity: A Study in Christian Origins

Refresh and try again. Looking for beautiful books? Would that it had been so; it’s full of typos, mostly of the kind that would not show up on spell-check, which is apparently what “careful proofreading” means today either the typos form real, though wrong, foundwtions, or contain numbers which are ignored by spellcheck.

Lists with This Book. I have to admit that it is not the kind of gibberish that foreign language e-books so often are today, though — perhaps the OCR program they used was actually designed for German. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

My major reservations however are not about this first half of the book. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Foundations Of Christianity

Retrieved from ” https: The Story of Christ’s Passion 5. Not the best read on the subject quite honestly, unless you’re really into this, it’s actually very boringbut it is a fairly accurate condemnation of the practices of the Christian Church over it’s history. He does return to this in Ch. In short, any speculation about Jesus is bound to be wrong; what we can, however, get from these sources is a picture of the early church, and that is what is foujdations real interest from a historical point of view — not who the man Jesus was or what he said, but why and how the Christian church as a real, historically important institution spread through the world and gained the dominant position it held from the fourth century to almost the present day the “almost” is Kautsky’s optimism.


The Best Books of Divided into four key sections, the book begins by considering the personality of Jesus as portrayed within Pagan and Christian sources and highlighting the Church’s difficulty in presenting a unified and concurrent image of Jesus and interpretation of His words.

Remember me on this computer. Kautsky at least has the advantage of basing his speculations on economic and historical reality, but it’s still just speculation, and I would rather he had kept to his original promise of beginning with the Christian communities at the time we have evidence for.

But it becomes ridiculous when applied to the satisfaction of a hunger for justice. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In fact, the gospels give us not the biography of the historical Jesus or his actual teachings but the views about him that were held by the Christian communities of the time that they were written many decades after his death, at the earliestand represent the disagreements and polemics between them.

At first, they were not allowed as full members of the congregations unless they sold their possessions and gave the money to the poor i.

He argues that outside Jerusalem, the high price of houses and the largely underground status of the communities eliminated the possibility of common residence and focused the “communist” tendency entirely on the common meals, while the influx of non-Jewish members led to other changes in the nature of the organization, which resulted in a split between Jewish and non-Jewish Christian communities.

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