Quotation by Malcolm Cowley

Here, for example, are a few of the doctrinal parallels: Instead of God, the Communists believe in history as a final principle and omnipotent judge. They regard "the great task of making history" as the highest activity open to mankind; it is their equivalent for doing God's will on earth. To be cast "into the dustbin of history" is like being cast into hell. Instead of Divine Providence, the Communists believe in the Marxian dialectic as the principle that shapes our lives in society. Since the dialectic consists of three parts—thesis, antithesis, synthesis—it also bears some relation to the Christian Trinity; and it is the subject of quite as many learned disputations. Instead of Divine Grace, they believe in a spirit emanating from the working class; almost by magic it transforms one's doubts and weariness into renewed hope.
Malcolm Cowley (1898–1989), U.S. author, critic. "Communism and Christianism," The Flower and the Leaf, Viking (1985).
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