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‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people’. Marxists view religion as a tool, used by the bourgeois to take advantage of the proletariat and to enable the bourgeois to control social order by making social inequalities seem as though they were Gods choice. Marxists sees religion as a fantasy, created by the bourgeois to distract the proletariats from acting out. The Marxists perspective on religion is that it divides society into two classes, the bourgeois, who owned factories, land, businesses, machinery and the proletariats, who were the labourers, that were taken advantage of by the bourgeois. Marxists believes that religion was used to justify the positions of both the bourgeois and the proletariats by making the proletariats believe that it was gods choice that they were suffering and that they were poor. With that in mind, Marxists believes that religion distracted the proletariats from the suffering that they endured by providing them with false hopes of an afterlife to look forward too. This in effect stopped the proletariat from trying to change social order, as they believed that their fate could not be changed as it was Gods will. Overall Marxists believe that religion was used to promote social inequality and to dull the pain of the suffering and to convince the proletariats to accept their fate in life. He also saw religion as being an instrument of oppression. Marxist wanted to get rid of all organised religion, one disadvantage to this, would be that people would not have a say into the way they live their life.

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