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Juan Segundo presents liberation theology as interdisciplinary methodologically so as not to “set aside the great problems of today on the pretext that they belong to other fields and disciplines” (237). Not only must theology be interdisciplinary if it is to deal with present issues and potentially lead to liberation, but it is by necessity ideological. Segundo says there is, “no such thing as Christian theology or a Christian interpretation of the gospel message in the absence of a prior ...more
Another classic. Here's a nice quotation: "The usual tendency [among human beings] is to reply to others in kind. In the Gospels this mechanical brand of love is regarded as a sin, as the hallmark of sinners, as opposed to a gratuitous, freely proffered love. In other words, Christians are asked to defy the statistical laws in this area, to be extraordinary lovers, to be a 'minority' in this respect. They are asked to respond to the freely proffered love of One who is gratuitous giving itself." ...more
This is in the bibliography of every liberation The*logy, but I found it less than helpful. Segundo spins his wheels over issues brought up in obscure conferences and papers presented by people who are less than authoritative on the issues he is speaking of. Perhaps this is just a dated book, but it seems to me that a liberation methodology (which is what this book purports to create) would be more timeless. He claims to be making a method w/o necessarily doing The*logy itself, but that is ...more