The View of a Communist

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1. Without the fetters of religion to offer an easy answer to the ontological question, a communist would respond with a Descartian vision: I think, therefore I am. As Chambers states, "The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God. It is the vision of man's mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world. It is the vision of man's liberated mind." With a liberated mind, the communist is free to think openly and critically about the ontological questions. Religion no longer binds the person and proscribes modes of thinking. I am a rational human being with the potential for growth, intelligence, and understanding. As a rational being, the communist is "the most intelligent of the animals" and certainly no longer needs to be told that human beings are created in God's image. 2. The communist understands that our way of knowing is through the mind. This includes our ability to discern and analyze our sense perceptions; and also to think creatively and critically. The power of human consciousness allows us to contemplate the epistemological questions, which are no longer surrendered to some imaginary force called God or the corrupt individuals exploiting belief in God. Science offers clues to understanding the physical universe. As Chambers points out, the way of knowing comes via science and reason. "Copernicus and his successors displaced man as the central fact of the universe by proving that the earth was not the central star of the universe." Our
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