In an new encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a powerful attack on atheism, writing that it is responsible for some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in human history.
The Pope also urged Christians to put their hope for the future in God and not in technology, wealth or political ideologies. He goes on to argue that ideologies such as Marxism that holds that man must establish a society that ignores God have been proved wrong by history.
The idea that man can do what God cannot by creating a secular kingdom on earth is “presumptuous and intrinsically false.” He added: “It is no accident that this idea has led to the greatest forms of the violations of justice.”
“A world which has to create its own justice is a world without hope.”
Marxism, the Pope wrote, had left behind “a trail of appalling destruction” and it is essential to realise that man could not be “merely the product of economic conditions” but that man has been redeemed and he also needs God’s unconditional love.
Do you generally agree with the thinking of this new encyclical or do you disagree?