oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The origin and nature of Marxism as a challenge to the church



Any attempt to understand Marxism as a challenge to the Christian church, whether in Africa or anywhere else, must bear in mind its origin and its nature. Its place in history is to be seen as part of the broader Socialist movement which has its roots in the French Revolution, and in the disappointments which men and women in Europe experienced when the liberte, egalite and fraternite, which they had longed for, did not materialise, either in the course of the Revolution itself or during the reign of Napoleon.


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