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Were Marx's contemporaries ever critical of his spiritually lurid predictions on what we might today call atheist grounds?
I have not read any, however Marx often preempted critics through the way that he phrased and developed his ideas - as "scientific" (and hence not open to critiques of religious or spiritual ideas) and as materialistic, i.e. based on material reality. He engaged in debates on atheism (already the term used), critiquing Fauerbach for remaining in "the realm of ideas" and saying that atheists were not so much wrong as they were missing the point, because: "Marx saw Atheism as associated with crude communism and sought to transcend Atheism by revolutionising the social conditions which create the need for people to believe in God, rather than atheistic polemics against belief in God. " There is much more on this topic where that quote comes from: http://www.marxists.org/glossary/terms/a/t.htm (the entry on atheism) Of course, there may be critics I am unaware of, who did critique him on these grounds. Please share anyone, if you know of any!
Isn't it a bit off taking these quotes from such a young Marx, especially since these manuscripts were not published during Marx's lifetime? In later Marx, especially Capital, you do see some spiritual sounding language, but it seems like it is more for the purpose of metaphor and conveyance of ideas.