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Transcript of Herbert McCabe
Nick Collins & Sean Viscount
26 September 2013
Herbert McCade. Digital image. Herbert McCade. 18th Century Diary, 10 Jan. 2010. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://www.18thcenturydiary.org.uk/herbert-mccabe/>.
Born : Middlesbrough, UK (1926)
College: Manchester University, studied Philosophy (originally chemistry)
Joined the Dominican Order (1949)
Founder: "December Group" (1960's) for the analysis of social issues from a Catholic Perspective
Studies focused on St. Thomas of Aquinas
Beliefs and Teachings
Roots: Irish Catholic
There are people living in luxury with excess while millions of people live in poverty
But this isn't just capitalism
The Real Problem: Based on human antagonism
A Society based on war as a way of life (Marx)
Connections Between Christianity and Marxism
People living in poverty with others living in wealth is unjust and unreasonable.
A society based on war is unacceptable. Christianity is based on love. The death of Jesus is an example of the unconditional love people should show for one another.
How to Institute a Socialist Society
Who should rebel?
Christians have the moral imperative to rebel
"Christianity is a Praxis"
How should rebellions take place?
Sermon on the Mount (Beatitudes)
Does Violence have a place?
Capitalist society is inherently violent
Violence is not love, but it is not a lack of love. While violence is not a model of a loving society, Justice may require violence.
"In the end, the workers will need not only solidarity and class consciousness, but guns as well." McCabe (The Telegraph)
Rebellions are often associated with Greed, yet it is the Capitalist society that uses Greed as motivation. This Christian Marxist revolution is based on love and peace.
Move to a society which does not consist of human antagonism
Associated with Catholic Social Radicalism of 1960's.
The December group became known as a Catholic Marxist group.
Embraced "liberation" theology.
Voiced his opinion in favor of Irish liberation and against fascist Italy.
Source: The Telegraph
Marxism in theory = Communism in Practice
The Church denounced Marxism as "atheistic and dehumanizing"
McCabe found similarities between Marxism and Catholic Social Thought.
Above all, "political power structures [are] the primary sources of sinfulness." (Gaurdian)
Marxism often became corrupted by political agendas.
Source: The Gaurdian
"Herbert McCabe." The Telegraph.., 20 Aug. 2001. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1337953/Herbert-McCabe.html>.
Cunningham, Adrian. "Herbert McCabe." The Guardian. 16 July 2001. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. <http://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/jul/16/guardianobituaries.socialsciences>.
Herbert McCabe. "The Class Struggle and Christian Love" in Rex Ambler and David Haslam, eds. Agenda for Prophets: Towards a Political Theology for Britan, London: Bowerdean. 1980 pp163-167.
" It is not the revolution but the capitalists competative process that is explicitly and unashamedly powered by greed and aggression." (McCabe)