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"Marx & Satan" by Richard Wurmbrand - Intro & Chapter 1

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Published on Sep 29, 2017

The PDF version can be found here (not my website)
www.hourofthetime.com%2F1-LF%2FHour_Of_The_Time_08122012-Marx_and_Satan.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHM-Cl_hZnj3T5GVIiVE_vHIc6uJQ

I have not read, checked or verified this online version.

I myself have a hard copy of the book, the fourth printing published in 1987 by Crossway Books, Good News Publishing, Westchester Illinois; this contains all the references that Wurbrand made as endnotes. I have yet to find a list of them online and may be persuaded to scan and upload them for anyone who is interested! Many are references to German or Russian compendiums of Marxist works, but may be of use nonetheless.

If you would like mp3/audio only iPod versions then let me know and I'll upload them to soundcloud or the like. I intend to do this anyway at some point and will link here when I do.

I very much enjoyed the time spent reading this book, once silently for myself and once for the recording. I cannot recommend it enough and encourage you to buy it yourselves.

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback, positive or negative on my own performance. If there are any significant errors or areas of low quality then I'll happily fix and re-uplaod. I have noticed one or two minor errors but I trust that the advantages of this recording will outweigh the drawbacks for those interested. I still look forward to hearing about both latter and former as I decide which work to go about recording next!

_____ My own thoughts_____

I read this book and loved it. Some extremely important and interesting information about Marx, Marxist leaders, the crimes of the Marxist communist bloc officials, and the dogma of Marxists that is never taught; including to people who studied Marx and Marxism via the subjects of History, Politics and Philosophy in school and all the way up to university level, like myself. The interesting thing is how little of it is obscure, and was right under our noses. Marx and Engels' initial worship of Christ was not such a revelation, though the depth of their feeling and faith instanced in poetry was entirely beyond my attention, as was the extent of Marx's character flaws and sadism. The claim of Engels' deathbed repentance and call for mercy is also not mentioned in mainstream acadaemia...

For my own tastes certain chapters are far better than others. The first 6 are absolutely crucial. A relatively short book of 133 pages, I'd estimate the amount of fluff to be at less than 20 pages. It is written from a particularly traditional 20th Century Christian point of view but this should not detract from the quality of information found therein.
I give little credence to his claims of Satanic exalts by means of 'back-masking' in 1970s-80s rock music records and vinyls; to my mind, as a fan of those genres in that era, the Satanist imagery was very much more front-and-centre in image and lyrics anyway. But I find it hard to see how any atheist or non-Christian critic of Marxism could see such connections between Marxist doctrine and Satanic texts, ideals and rituals. The lack of critique of Marxism from the Christian point of view outside the USA is bizarre, and this book shows that up too. His criticisms of the Catholic church's collusion with Marxism firmly exonerates Wurmbrand of mere one-sided religious bias.

Wurmbrand also charitably distinguishes between positive and negative zionisms, a distinction that many, including myself, may deny. However, within these very same pages he clearly links the founder of modern Zionism and the modern German Social Democrat Party, Moses Hess, with Marx's turn to revolutionary Socialism, establishing a shared causal tributary between the three movements. This is not an insignificant or trivial accusation for any Zionist or German Social Democrat to explain or deal with; or indeed any Marxist, given that they tend at least in the west towards anti-Zionism.

I was surprised at how well-balanced this book was. I did not expect such concise and incisive treatment of the matter from the Christian standpoint and I still look at this book often. Surely it deserves a reprint in this modern day.

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