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East Asian Studies

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Olga Koulisis, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Kathy Callahan, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. James Humphreys, Committee Member


This paper seeks to propose a unique strand of religious thought which united Marxist Christians in the United States. Using the lives and work of Bishop William Montgomery Brown, Dr. Harry F. Ward, and Reverend Claude C. Williams, this work proposes the term “applied proletarian gospel” to denote the political and religious thought of Marxist Christians who surpassed the social gospel and other proposed ideas of radical Christianity in their revolutionary and anti-capitalist thought and action. This paper finds that, although it remained a small trend among Christians, the applied proletarian gospel gave an outlet to Christians who sought to create a synthesis of Marxism and Christianity and who found class struggle and socialism to be an integral of Christian ethics.

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