Father Berrigan and the Marxist-Communist “Menace”

William L. Mcbride

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI:
Father Berrigan and the Marxist-Communist “Menace”

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This chapter deals with Berrigan’s relationship to the Marxist tradition. Does he give this tradition too short shrift in understanding such realities as the Vietnam War? Does Berrigan sense the affinities between Christian and Marxist traditions in trying to overcome relationships domination and subordination and in their commitment to achieving a non-violent, peaceable society? Would not Marxist theory of economic exploitation be useful and even essential in understanding why Christian war-mongers act that way and why capitalism and imperialism are incompatible with Christianity? Should not the writings of Marx be seen as complimentary to, rather than contradicting, the powerful sacred texts that have served as Berrigan’s inspiration?

Keywords: Marxist tradition; Vietnam War; Christian tradition; Capitalism; Imperialism; Exploitation; Christian and Marxist affinities

Chapter.  3283 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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