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Marx & Satan

4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0891073796
ISBN-10: 0891073795
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (December 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891073795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891073796
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Marshall on May 22, 2004
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As a grad student in China studies, I once made the mistake of referring to Marx and Satan in the footnote of a paper for a very by-the-book scholar. He circled the title in heavy red ink and wrote in the margin with even heavier sarcasm: "Might the book have a bias?"
Richard Wurmbrand certainly did have a bias, though not the one the "one star" reviewers below accuse him of. No, this is not "anti-Semitic drivel;" Wurmbrand was himself a Jew, persecuted by the fascists for his race, who loved his people. No, he is not a "reactionary fanatic," nor does this book represent "the scarier mindscapes of the Bible Belt." Wurmbrand is actually from Romania, which is I believe some distance from Texas, and you read his many fascinating books, you will find he was actually quite thoughtful. But yes, he was biased against communism. He spent many years in slave labor camps, was tortured, and saw friends die. (A slave labor camp, I might point out, is rather a scarier place than a Southern Baptist church; tens of millions of people died in such places in the last century.)
Despite the provocative title of this book, such experiences did not render Wurmbrand bitter or unhinged. His argument here is not a vitriolic piece of ad hominem; rather it is a serious suggestion, backed up, it seems, by a fair amount of circumstantial evidence.
It is commonly argued that Marx had nothing to do with the crimes of communism. Even if Wurmbrand's central thesis does not convince you, the evidence he offers does at least show the spiritual or psychological continuity between Marx and the crimes committed in his name.
The book has its flaws, true. The evidence Wurmbrand offers is not overpowering.
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I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above . . .
- Karl Marx.

_Marx & Satan_, published in 1986 by Living Sacrifice Book Company, written by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand is a fascinating look into the secret life of Karl Marx and the communist revolutionaries he helped inspire showing their Satanic influence. Richard Wurmbrand (1909 - 2001) was a Romanian Evangelical Christian minister who was brutally captured and tortured by communists. As such he had first-hand experience with the atrocities of the communist menace and devoted much of his life to researching the evils of communism. He founded Jesus to the Communist World (renamed Voice of the Martyrs) and was active in helping Christians who suffered at the hands of communists and Marxists. This book is unique in that it makes direct allegations concerning the person of Karl Marx. As is apparent to all those who have studied Marx, he is not only a hater of religion and Christ but also a hater of humanity itself and a promoter of destruction. Marxists have claimed that Marx was in fact an atheist and denied the existence of God. However, this book seems to indicate that Marx was actually a Satanist and involved in Satanic rituals and that communism itself constitutes a "Satanic cult". It should be noted however that the distinction between atheism and Satanism becomes blurry because of the hatred of atheists for Christ and because of the fact that many public atheists are actually private Satanists.

Wurmbrand begins his book by explaining how Marxist ideas have even infiltrated Christianity. Indeed, it is maintained by some that Marx sought to aid the exploited masses and that thus his teachings may be understood as fundamentally Christian.
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"The good of the workers was only a pretense. Where proletarians do not fight for Socialist ideals, Marxists will exploit racial differences or the so-called generation gap. The main thing is, religion must be destroyed."
_Marx and Satan_ by Richard Wurmbrand is a small book that advances the theory that Karl Marx was a member of a Satanic cult. To this affect, Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor who had been imprisoned by Communist authorities in Romania, cites many examples of Marx's poetry and personal writings. He also delves into the backgrounds of other members of the early communist/socialist movements, notably Frederick Engels and Moses Hess. Marx was born a Jew, however he was baptized at age seven for his family's business reasons. It appears that Marx may have been devout in his early years, but he later turned against Christianity with a vengeance. Marx's poetry contains references to overthrowing God and having himself [Marx] reign in His stead. Despite his current reputation in liberal academia as a champion of the rights of the poor, Marx made many disparaging comments about the poor and unenlightened. Despite his pretenses as being a champion of the exploited classes, the poor have generally in history been the ones least likely to change their "primitive" worldview in the face of drastic social change. Most of those committed to Communist/Marxist ideology in America are those from well-educated, upwardly mobile types who think they are "enlightened" about humanity's true condition. Marx called the Slavs and Russians of Eastern Europe scum and reactionary people. Curiously, he polemicizes against his own people the Jews, characterizing them as supporters of tyrants and as capitalist exploiters.
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