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Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In a manner that is vivid and lively, Robert McAfee Brown explains and illuminates liberation theology for North American readers who may have no previous knowledge of this dynamic Christian movement. Growing out of the experience of oppressed people in Latin America, liberation theology lends a transforming power to both the study of the Bible and the Christian duty to wo ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Lisa Kalenkiewicz
Dec 11, 2014 Lisa Kalenkiewicz rated it liked it
I picked this up fairly randomly in the library of a monastic retreat center. I didn't know anything about Liberation Theology, but I'm a definite social justice advocate/activist, so I was very interested and glad I read it. I don't think it would be a very convincing read, however, for someone more hardline conservative or skeptical; he throws out some scriptural references but doesn't do any real exegesis. He seems to assume you're on the same page and just need a fire lit under your butt to ...more
May 06, 2015 Drick rated it it was amazing
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Brown has a way of simply but clearly laying out the basic tenets of liberation theology in way that is readable and applicable. While I can't say I learned anything new, I appreciated Brown's stories and associations with leading liberation theology figures. In his last chapter written in 1992 after the riots in LA following the Rodney King verdict, he asks if we are in a "KAIROS" moment. The description he gives of 1992 North America is chillingly similar to 2015. He causes me to ask, if we mi ...more
Hansen Wendlandt
Aug 12, 2012 Hansen Wendlandt rated it it was amazing
Any church can talk about God, but good churches talk about talking about God. That is, most simply, what “theology” is: being very careful about talking or reasoning about God. We all approach faith with our particular perspectives, but there are many different intentional ways of being careful about talking about God, many different methods of theology.
For the method of Liberation Theology, I have never seen a better introduction than Brown’s Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide. It is
Mar 23, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is a short introduction to a tremendously controversial topic. Most people have never heard of liberation theology (although it did make a guest appearance on Glenn Beck's chalkboard over the summer). I have been meaning to do a bit of reading on the topic, and the combination of Lent, more fighting in Israel, and yet another US war finally pushed into picking up this book. The author writes mainly about Central America, and uses the examples of El Salvador and Nicaragua to highlight the ba ...more
Trey Decker
Nov 08, 2012 Trey Decker rated it did not like it
When reading this book I found the general outline of every chapter to be relatively the same: Brown tells a cute story of how a Christian overcame the dominant culture to show love, then this is why we need Liberation theology, and then basically says, "Let's all be socialists for Jesus!" The book is, in my humble opinion, poorly written, though simplistic, it doesn't convey well what the principles of Liberation Theology are as played out in a society ran by this doctrine, and it rarely provid ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Everett rated it did not like it
Robert McAfee Brown is the preacher, and I am the choir. I don't need to be sold on the virtues of Liberation Theology. So it drove me crazy how consistently Brown bypassed every single opportunity to make an interesting or provocative point. He sidesteps a proper Marxist analysis of the movement in Latin America entirely, and instead engages in the very worst sort of white-guilt identity politics. (Remember Robert, 'there is neither Jew nor Greek...') This is seasoned with Reagan-bashing (brave ...more
Jan 10, 2008 EunSung rated it it was amazing
I thought it was amazing. I especially liked the story about the Palo Alto woman who began to advocate in her church for people to protest against return of Salvadoran refugees. Brown writes, "this can also be called praying with one's feet."

i love books and i love words. there is great power in words when we let the ideas move us to action.
Oct 04, 2014 Mrs.soule rated it it was amazing
I love this book for its concise description of liberation theology along with anecdotal and historical depictions of the need for this theology. Brief but passionate, emotional but scholarly, this is a book I could hand to any of my friends who have questions about liberation theology or why it’s even important.
Oct 01, 2007 Ryan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: socially-conscious Christians
Good intro to the subject. Motivating, yet academic in its scope. Basically just breaks down the logic behind Christians' social responsibility to society.
Jan 16, 2009 Mfalco65 rated it really liked it
Remarkable. This book is such a great explanation fo the emergence of liberation theology.
Feb 07, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
McAfee Brown gives a sort of shallow introduction to the lay reader.
Jun 01, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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