College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA)
Tess R. Stockslager
Advocacy Writing, Capitalism, Chritianity, Marxism, Professional Writing
Arts and Humanities | History | Religion
Crosby-Hastings, Kandy, "The Problem of the Stigma of Marxism for Christian Advocacy Writers Whose Focus is Historical, Social Inequalities" (2018). Masters Theses. 534.
Christian advocacy writers seek to advocate on behalf of and empower the marginalized. Christian advocacy writers who focus on historical, social inequalities reveal oppressions from history in order to advocate for the oppressed in similar circumstances in today’s world. They must be willing to learn from all scholarship that reveals the hardship and oppression endured by the exploited of society. There is often a stigma associated with the use of Marxist sources for reasons that include Karl Marx’s own anti-religious, anti-Semitic, pro-revolution, and reductionist ideas and the later association of Marxism with Soviet Communism. Christian advocacy writers must understand both the history and evolution of Marxism, the importance of class consciousness, and the Bible’s stance about issues associated with Marxism and oppression in order to understand and counter the stigma. The following thesis will examine the problem of the stigma of Marxism and seek to provide solutions for this stigma.