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Introducing Liberation Theology

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This work deals with the basic questions that are tackled by liberation theology--oppression, violence, domination and marginalization. It then goes on to show how the Christian faith can be used as an agent in promoting social and individual liberation, and how faith and politics relate.
Paperback, 99 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Orbis Books (first published 1986)
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Mohamed Farah
The book is a brief introduction and perview of liberation theology ideas, which was a great theological movement mainly starts in south and central america during 60th and 70th by the pioneer works of gustavo gutierrez and leonardo boof and many other progressive theoligians within the continent who belief that the essence of religion which was christianity in that case is about: standing up for the oppressed, for the wretched of the earth as franz fanon called them, for the marginalized people ...more
Liberation Theology is the sort of thing which might make a true believer out of me. It is a very healthy tonic to the complacent televangelist mega-church Christianity which is getting really suffocating around election season.

This little pamphlet, just under 100 pages, is a solid introduction to the tenets, history, and methods of liberation theology - a subset of Christianity which aims primarily at social justice, radical pacifism, and doing good works to empower and liberate the poor. Liber
Michael Clevenger
It's been said that Martin Luther King Jr., had kept Howard Thurman's classic, "Jesus and the Disinherited" in his coat pocket to read whenever time was to be found. This would be mine. Don't be fooled by the brevity of this work [just shy of 100 pages]. I can't recommend this book enough for those who are interested in social justice, economics, ethics, etc. Certainly is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

For those who don't know what Liberation theology is:

"Liberation theology is a
Andy Hickman
Brazilian theologian, Leonardo Boff, contends that the central issue is, “How to be Christian in a world of destitution.” Boff has controversially insisted the primacy of the anthropological element over the ecclesiastical, in other words, the special focus in Latin America is not so much the Church but the human person that it should help, raise up, and humanise. He has expressed that we meet “the poor Christ” in the poor people we minister to, and that from out of the oppressed comes a new hum ...more
Leonardo and Clodovis Boff wrote 'Introducing Liberation Theology' together. Their theology is an ethical call to address the issue of wealth and poverty, or more precise, the reality of the poor and what we are to do with, or rather, are to respond to, their presence in the world. This theology is born out of the confrontation of predominantly Roman Catholic clergy with the grim reality of extreme poverty in Latin America in spite of the economic progress that was made in these countries during ...more
Liberation theology is a type of biblical hermeneutic that arose in Latin American in the 1960s. Essentially, liberation theology is a way of reading the Bible that keeps the poor, the marginalized, the 'least of these' at the front and center of interpretation, and that leads the reader to conclude that God does, indeed, wish for mankind to be free from political, economic, and social oppression. Reading the Bible through this lens certainly leads one to think about what the true message of the ...more
Marc L
Vrij zwaar betoog, maar goed onderbouwd; uiteraard vanuit een marxistische inspiratie
Very brief intro to liberation theology by a guy the Catholic Church loves to hate. I think they silenced him for this book or defrocked him or some such thing. That in itself makes it worth reading.
Jul 25, 2007 Gretchen added it
Recommends it for: people who are interested in lib theo but don't want to spend a lot of time on the details
This is a good overview of the historical context of lib theo and some of the basic concepts. However, I think all of lib theo needs some sort of glossary of terms - jargon abounds...
A helpful summary of Latin American liberation theology for the person who wants to get acquainted with its and its key themes quickly.
Kessia Reyne
A concise and useful introduction to liberation theology from two of the leading minds in the Latin American project.
Good, quick and easy to read intro. It definitely left me wanting to read more about liberation theology.
Informatief, maar in een duidelijke taal. Het is een goede inleiding in bevrijdingstheologie.
Joel Harder
certainly helps to understand Gutierrez...
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Leonardo Boff was born in Concórdia, Santa Catarina, Brazil, on the December 14, 1938. He is the grandson of Italian immigrants from the region of Veneto who came to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in the final part of the nineteenth century. He received his primary and secondary education in Concórdia - Santa Catarina, Rio Negro - Paraná, and Agudos - São Paulo. He studied Philosophy in Curitiba - Par ...more
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“The process of liberation brings with it a profound conflict. Having the project be clear is not enough. What is necessary is a spirituality of resistance and of renewed hope to turn ever back to the struggle in the face of the defeats of the oppressed.” 3 likes
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