The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology

The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology

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Liberation theology is widely referred to in discussions of politics and religion but not always adequately understood. This Companion offers an introduction to the history and characteristics of liberation theology in its various forms in different parts of the world. Authors from four continents examine the emergence and character of liberation theology in Latin America; black theology; Asian theology; and the new situation arising from the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa. The major Christian Church's attitude to liberation theology, and the extent of the movement's indebtedness to Marxism, are examined; and a political theologian writing from another perspective of Christian theology offers an evaluation. Through a sequence of eleven chapters readers are given a comprehensive description and evaluation of the different facets of this important theological and social movement. There is also an Introduction relating liberation theology to the history of theology, and a Select Bibliography.show more

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Notes on contributors; Preface; Glossary; Abbreviations; Introduction: The theology of liberation Christopher Rowland; Part I. Contemporary Liberation Theology: 1. The task and content of liberation theology G. Gutierrez translated by Judith Condor; 2. Liberation theology in Asia Bastiaan Wielenga; 3. Black theology Edward Antonio; 4. Feminist theology: a critical theology of liberation Mary Grey; Part II. Aspects of Liberation Theology: 5. The origins and character of the base ecclesial community: a Brazilian perspective Andrew Dawson; 6. The Bible and the poor Gerald West; 7. Liberation and reconstruction: the unfinished agenda Charles Villa-Vicencio; Part III. Analysis and Criticism: 8. The Vatican and liberation theology Peter Hebblethwaite; 9. Marxism, liberation theology and the way of negation Denys Turner; 10. The economics of liberation theology Valpy Fitzgerald; 11. Political theology, tradition and modernity Oliver O'Donovan; Epilogue: the future of liberation theology Christopher Rowland; Select bibliography; Index.show more