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“The Pure Teachings of Jesus”: On the Christian Language of Wilhelm Weitling’s Communism

Journal article
Authors Anton Jansson
Published in Praktyka Teoretyczna
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 30-48
ISSN 2081-8130
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Centre for European Research (CERGU)
Pages 30-48
Language en
Links serwer1745813.home.pl/numery/PT_nr2...
Keywords Wilhelm Weitling, communism, history of political thought, Christian socialism, political language
Subject categories History of Religions, History of Ideas, History

Abstract

Abstract: The relation between communism and religion is a complex and contested question. In this article I will engage with this question concerning one specific thinker, namely Wilhelm Weitling (1808-1871). Weitling researchers have interpreted religion differently and have seen it as everything from the foundation of all his thought, to a negligible addition to a basically secular theory. In this article I argue that Weitling’s work needs to be understood as expressing a Christian political language, in the sense suggested by the intellectual historian J. G. A. Pocock. Departing from this, this article seeks to unpack the Christian political language of Wilhelm Weitling and to sort out how it is expressed in his three main works.

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