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Marx prohibited any discussion of first things, realizing that they ineluctably lead back to God. Marx was so fearful of questions about transcendence that Eric Voegelin described him as a spiritually diseased man who suffered from “logophobia.” Eric Voegelin, From Enlightenment to Revolution (Duke University Press, 1975), p. 259. Lenin similarly detested religion. According to Lenin, “There can be nothing more abominable than religion.” See Paul Johnson, Modern Times (Harper & Row, 1985), pp. 50-51.