Paulo Freire, a Christian-Marxist
In this paper, I will be addressing the topic of how Christianity and Marxism cannot be yoked together. Let me first state that the kind of Christianity Paulo Freire says he believes in, is Catholicism. The Catholic Church tends to have beliefs that are not completely true to the Word of God because they take some scripture out of context. I do not claim to be of any certain doctrine of Christianity; however, I do claim that I am a Bible believing Christian. Everything I believe comes directly from the Bible and without distorting its words; I believe exactly what it says. For this reason, I have a problem with Freire’s belief system.
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Those four beliefs all contradict the Biblical faith of Christianity. Moreover, historically Marxism has been shown not to work. After all, Karl Marx was an Atheist. “Marxists deny any morality based on God’s character and commandments.” (The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, Halverson, 162). If that is what a Marxist believes, then that is one way Freire cannot be a Christian as well. He would be going against his beliefs as a Marxist.
Marxists also do not believe in the existence of a Creator. Atheists believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution. Therefore, if Freire is a “true Marxist,” then he must deny God as being the Creator, but then he would be denying his beliefs as a Marxist. Even more so Marxists have always opposed the ideas of religion, after all Marxism was founded by an atheist. As we have seen over and over from history, Christianity and Marxism do not mix.
One well-known (but corrupted) Marxist was Josef Stalin. He was leader of the communist party in Russia, and responsible for the deaths of many innocent lives. “He instituted the most brutal form of totalitarian rule. It is estimated that he was responsible for the liquidation of twenty million people.” (The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, Halverson, 158). How can a Christian be associated with the same belief as a man such as Stalin? Freire says he is a Christian-Marxist; however, he can be one or the other, but not both at the same time.
Furthermore, the whole idea of Marxism contradicts itself in many ways. Marxists believe in individualism, but they also believe in communism, which leaves no place for a person to be an individual. In addition, the following quote explains that...