Posted by That Other Mike on 25/11/2007
This is from a comments thread elsewhere. I just thought it bore mentioning, out of interest.
Militant atheism is a doctrinally essential driving force behind the modern communism that has killed many millions in my lifetime. You may not like it, but it is so.
*sigh* No, it isn’t, as much you’d like it to be. The Soviets, Chinese etc weren’t killing people because they were religious or because they refused to “accept the truth of Atheism” or whatever; they killed them in the name of their pretend Communism, which was incidentally Atheist. There can be and have been many varieties of Christian Communists, even to this day; I refer you to Acts Ch. 2, v. 42-45, and Ch. 4, v. 32-27; as well as the True Levellers (aka, the Diggers) founded by Gerard Winstanley; the Mormon community under Brigham Young in Orderville; the League of the Just in Europe during the 1840s; the statement by the French Bishop Pierre Théas that “[t]he revolution must succeed, but it can succeed only if the Church enters the fray, bringing the Gospel. After being liberated from Nazi dictatorship, we want to liberate the working class from capitalist slavery”; Liberation Theology; and the Icarian movement in 19thC France.
One can also draw on various Gospel quotations to support Christian Communism.
In short, Communism is not Atheism, and vice versa.