1 Introduction to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's Instruction on Certain Aspects of the 4Theology of Liberation' (Vatican City, 1984), reprinted in A. T, Hcnnelly (cd,), Liberation Theology. A Documentary History (Maryknoll, NY, Orbis, tyyo), pp. 393-414.

2 Ibid.

ti Ibid., IV, 15, Note that, at least in this English translation, there is a failure of consistency between two parts of this argument. It is one thing to say that the full ambit of sin cannot be restricted to 'social sin'; no liberation theologian I know of maintains that it can. It is quite another to say that liberation from sin does not depend upon liberation from sinful structures. The second does not even follow from the first, let alone are they synonymous. For it is perfectly consistent to say that liberation from sinful structures is a necessary but not sufficient condition of full liberation from sin: as most liberation theologians do say.

23 Ibid.

27 Alistair Kee, Marx and the Failure of Liberation Theology (London, SCM

28 Ibid., pp. 41-6829 See Marx and Engels On Religion^ (Moscow, Progressive Publishers, 1957).

31 Karl Marx, Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Preface, in Karl Marx, Early Writings, tr. R. Livingstone and Gregor Benton (London, Penguin Books, 1975), p. 252.

32 John Maguire, 'Gospel or Religious Language: Engels on the Peasant War*, New Blackfriars, voL 54, p. 350.

33 Luciano Parinctto, 'The Legend of Marx's Atheism*, Telos, vol, 58, p. 15.

34 Ibid.

35 Edward Norman, Christianity and the World Order (London, Oxford University Press, T977).

36 See my 'Marx, Fcucrbach and Rcductivism\ in Brian Davies O. P. (ed.), Lan guages Truth and God {London, Chapman, 1986), pp. 92-103,

37 Karl Marx, Early Writings, pp. 357-8.

38 Quentin Lauer, The Atheism of Karl Marx', in H, Aptheker, ed., Marxism and Christianity (New York, Humanities Press, 1968), p. 48.

39 Divine Nantes^ 817D, in Pseudo-Dionysiust The Complete Workst tr. Colm Luibheid (New Jersey, Paulist Press, 1987).

42 See my The Darkness of God (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995), especially chapter 2 for an extended discussion of these themes in the theologies of the late antique and medieval periods.

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