Liberation Theology at the Crossroads

Liberation Theology at the Crossroads

One of the book's main characters describes the liberation theologians: They are characterized by the following: A fierce hatred of the United States. An innocence of the complexities of international economics.

Author: Paul E. Sigmund

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195344936

Category: Religion

Page: 257

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Liberation theology originated in Catholic Latin America at the end of the 1960s in response to prevalent conditions of poverty and oppression. Its basic tenet was that it is the primary duty of the church to seek to promote social and economic justice. Since that time it has grown in influence, spreading to other areas of the Third World, along with bitter controversy about its ties to Marxist ideology and violent revolution. Drawing on both English and Spanish sources, this critical study examines the history, method, and doctrines of liberation theology. Sigmund considers the movement's origins in political circumstances in Latin America and provides case studies of its role in such events as the revolution and counter-revolution in Chile, and in the revolutionary movements in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Examining the thought of major liberation theologians, as well as the critical responses of the Vatican, Sigmund shows that liberation theology is a complex phenomenon, comprising a variety of kinds and degrees of radicalism. He discerns a general trend away from the Marxist rhetoric that has often characterized the movement in the past and towards the kind of grassroots populist reform typified by the Basic Christian Communities Movement.
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Liberation Theology at the Crossroads

Liberation Theology at the Crossroads

Sigmund considers the movement's origins in political circumstances in, Latin America; provides case studies of its role in Chile, Brazil, El Salvador, and Nicaragua; and critically examines the thought of the major liberation theologians ...

Author: Paul E. Sigmund

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195072747

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

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Liberation theology originated in Catholic Latin America at the end of the 1960s in response to prevalent conditions of poverty and oppression. Its basic tenet was that it is the primary duty of the church to seek to promote social and economic justice. Since that time it has grown in influence, spreading to other areas of the Third World, along with bitter controversy about its ties to Marxist ideology and violent revolution. Drawing on both English and Spanish sources, this critical study examines the history, method, and doctrines of liberation theology. Sigmund considers the movement's origins in political circumstances in Latin America and provides case studies of its role in such events as the revolution and counter-revolution in Chile, and in the revolutionary movements in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Examining the thought of major liberation theologians, as well as the critical responses of the Vatican, Sigmund shows that liberation theology is a complex phenomenon, comprising a variety of kinds and degrees of radicalism. He discerns a general trend away from the Marxist rhetoric that has often characterized the movement in the past and towards the kind of grassroots populist reform typified by the Basic Christian Communities Movement.
Categories: Political Science

Christology at the Crossroads

Christology at the Crossroads

This book will have long life, since it not only argues for the necessity of a Christology 'from the underside of history, ' but offers an extensive example of how such a Christology should be constructed, showing the basic connection ...

Author: Jon Sobrino

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781592440955

Category: Religion

Page: 461

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What Gutierrez has done for overall theological understanding, what Segundo has done for theological method, and what Miranda has done for biblical studies, Jon Sobrino has now done for Christology; He has provided a substantial and enduring theological contribution from a Third World perspective. This book will have long life, since it not only argues for the necessity of a Christology 'from the underside of history, ' but offers an extensive example of how such a Christology should be constructed, showing the basic connection between the radical historicity of Jesus and the suffering and pain of oppressed people. The thoroughness of the author's survey of other positions, the fullness of his documentation, and the pervasive power of his own affirmations make clear that 'Christology at the Crossroads' will not leave us stranded at the crossroads but will start us down exciting and demanding new paths. Robert McAfee Brown Professor of Ecumenics and World Christianity, Union Theological Seminary The publication of 'Christology at the Crossroads' in English is most opportune. It is not only the Christology presented in this book, but the Christology of the church at large (indeed of the churches) that stands at the crossroads at present. Those of us who have been working in this field know that in order to break through some deadlocked situations we need a Christology more soberly rooted in soteriology, more honestly founded upon the historical Jesus, and more realistically turned towards a future yet to be realized. Yet in the affluent and basically contented northern nations of the western world, this kind of Christology has not so far been written. To find it one must turn to the Third World theologians for the present, and among these Jon Sobrino's book is a landmark. Monika K. Hellwig Associate Professor of Theology, Georgetown Universit
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Protestant Theology at the Crossroads

Protestant Theology at the Crossroads

This is merely one floodlight that provides a closer look at liberation theology in its various colors. One should say much more in this regard. One should answer the questions: How does it raise consciousness against injustice?

Author: Gerhard Sauter

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802840349

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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Crucial tasks face protestant theology in its currently critical state. Challenged with growing skepticism and discouragement, what hope has theology for the future, and what sources might deliver this hope? Gerhard Sauter sets himself to help theology answer critical questions and accomplish essential tasks in order to move forward with hope."Protestant Theology at the Crossroads" examines contextual theology, in which particular cultural heritages, race and gender, and economic conditions and the structure of social life inform the teachings of the faith rather than vice versa. How, for example, do we approach the crisis in American self-understanding caused by terrorism? Do changes in European politics change our theological perceptions?Drawing on the Warfield Lectures at Princeton in March 2000 -- at which many of these chapters were presented originally -- "Protestant Theology" does more than provide a much-needed overall explanation of the issues theology faces. It also contains basic information on the foundation of theology, hermeneutics, Christian ethics, many central doctrinal topics, and much more. This book is a vital text for those studying theology, involved in ministry, and training future church leaders.
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Latin American Liberation Theology

Latin American Liberation Theology

In terms of the development of liberation theology during the 1970s and the 1980s , Paul Sigmund's work Liberation Theology at the Crossroads : Democracy or Revolution ? ( 1990 ) is a useful starting point .

Author: David Tombs

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004496460

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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David Tombs offers an accessible introduction to the theological challenges raised by Latin American Liberation from its emergence in the 1960s to its ‘decade of crisis’ in the 1990s. This work traces the distinct developments of liberation thought through the decades, and is crucial to understanding liberation theology and its legacies. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.
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The Future of Liberation Theology

The Future of Liberation Theology

8 Within liberation theology Jung Mo Sung develops this argument in Jung Mo Sung, Economía: Tema Ausente en la ... Theology and the Emancipation of Religion« and Sigmund, Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?

Author: Ivan Petrella

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351889124

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The Future of Liberation Theology envisions a radical new direction for Latin American liberation theology. One of a new generation of Latin American theologians, Ivan Petrella shows that despite the current dominance of 'end of history' ideology, liberation theologians need not abandon their belief that the theological rereading of Christianity must be linked to the development of 'historical projects' - models of political and economic organization that would replace an unjust status quo. In the absence of historical projects, liberation theology currently finds itself unable to move beyond merely talking about liberation toward actually enacting it in society. Providing a bold new interpretation of the current state and potential future of liberation theology, Ivan Petrella brings together original research on the movement, with developments in political theory, critical legal theory and political economy to reconstruct liberation theology's understanding of theology, democracy and capitalism. The result is the recovery of historical projects, thus allowing liberation theologians to once again place the reality of liberation, and not just the promise, at the forefront of their task.
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The Roots of Pope Francis s Social and Political Thought

The Roots of Pope Francis s Social and Political Thought

The literature on liberation theology is vast and far beyond the scope of this work. ... Introducing Liberation Theology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1987); Paul Sigmund, Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?

Author: Thomas R. Rourke

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442272729

Category: Religion

Page: 231

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In The Roots of Pope Francis’s Social and Political Thought Thomas R. Rourke traces the development of Pope Francis’s thinking from his time as a Jesuit provincial through today. Meticulously researched, the book draws on decades of previously untranslated writings from Father Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, who went on to become archbishop and cardinal; this volume also references his recent writings as pope. The book explores the deepest roots of Pope Francis’s thinking, beginning with the experience of the Jesuit missions in Argentina (1500s – 1700s), showing how both the success and tragedy of the missions profoundly formed his social and political views. Subsequent chapters explore influences from the Second Vatican Council through today regarding culture, politics, and economics. In Pope Francis’s understanding, there is a perpetual tension between the attempts to redeem the social order through the Gospel and the never-ending attempts to dominate peoples and their lands through a variety of imperial projects that come from the powerful. What emerges is a profoundly Christian approach to the social, political, and economic problems of our time. The Pope is portrayed as an original thinker, independent of ideological currents, rooted in the Gospels and the tradition of Catholic social thought. In a time of division and violence, the writings of Pope Francis often point to the path of peace and justice.
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Emmanuel Levinas Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology

Emmanuel Levinas  Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology

A Critique of Western Theological Anthropology : Understanding Human Beings in a Third World Context . New York , Lewiston : The Edwin Mellen Press , 2005 . Sigmund , Paul E. Liberation Theology at the Crossroads : Democracy or ...

Author: Alain Mayama

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 143310654X

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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Emmanuel Levinas' Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology analyzes Levinas' work in relation to two important liberation theologians, Gustavo Gutiérrez and Jon Sobrino, whose scholarship, like his, needs to be brought into greater contemporary debate about the subject's encounter with the other. More specifically, this book argues that for Levinas, Gutiérrez, and Sobrino, commitment to the neighbor is the necessary context for «understanding» God. They posit the human other as the possibility of the subject's subjectivity. To be human is to act with love toward one's neighbor. Thus, the author articulates the possibility of reading Levinas' philosophy as a revalidation of one of the truths of Christianity: the concern for the humanity of every human person as expressed in Christian theology in general and liberation theology in particular. In order to show the relevance of Levinas' philosophy for Christian theology in general, the author discusses three Christian scholars, Enrique Dussel, Jean-Luc Marion, and Michael Purcell. Although they challenge some aspects of Levinas' philosophy, they nevertheless see its significance for Christian theological anthropology. The discussion concludes by proposing Levinas' philosophy and liberation theology's turn to the neighbor as significant for addressing contemporary socio-political and ethnic conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Let Justice Roll

Let Justice Roll

Paul E. Sigmund , Liberation Theology at the Crossroads : Democracy or Revolution ? ( New York : Oxford University Press , 1990 ) . An earlier statement of this thesis can be found in Paul E. Sigmund , " The Development of Liberation ...

Author: Neal Riemer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0847681939

Category: Religion

Page: 266

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Written by prominent scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this diverse collection of essays discusses the contemporary relevance of the prophetic mode and challenges in the areas of religion, politics, and society. The contributors critically investigate the creative interaction between the religious and secular domains and explain how the prophetic mode can provide solutions to pressing problems such as war, oppression, poverty, hunger, and discrimination. The essays explore possibilities of achieving an integration of prophetic ethics, social scientific understanding, and democratic and constitutional statecraft and they describe how the prophetic mode currently manifests itself in political philosophy, history, religion, and literature.
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New Worlds

New Worlds

12 Between Liberation and Tradition L Gustavo Gutierrez, 'Notes for a Theology of Liberation', Theological Studies, 31, 2 (1970), 242—50. ... L Paul E. Sigmund, Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?

Author: John Lynch

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300183740

Category: History

Page: 384

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This extraordinary book encompasses the time period from the first Christian evangelists' arrival in Latin America to the dictators of the late twentieth century. With unsurpassed knowledge of Latin American history, John Lynch sets out to explore the reception of Christianity by native peoples and how it influenced their social and religious lives as the centuries passed. As attentive to modern times as to the colonial period, Lynch also explores the extent to which Indian religion and ancestral ways survived within the new Christian culture.The book follows the development of religious culture over time by focusing on peak periods of change: the response of religion to the Enlightenment, the emergence of the Church from the wars of independence, the Romanization of Latin American religion as the papacy overtook the Spanish crown in effective control of the Church, the growing challenge of liberalism and the secular state, and in the twentieth century, military dictators' assaults on human rights. Throughout the narrative, Lynch develops a number of special themes and topics. Among these are the Spanish struggle for justice for Indians, the Church's position on slavery, the concept of popular religion as distinct from official religion, and the development of liberation theology.
Categories: History