on Liberation Theology

Les Schaffer schaffer at SPAMoptonline.net
Sat Dec 16 19:30:20 MST 2000


[bounced > 30kB from "soil_ride" <soilride at email.msn.com>. i've
included the first few paragraphs and then the link to the article
on-line. if someone thinks i should post the whole thing here, let me
know. Les]


Here is an article worth posting, albeit its criticisms...very interesting
concerning christians and marxists.

In solidarity,
Josh

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"Christian Revolution in Latin America:
The Changing Face of Liberation Theology"
Part One in a Three-Part Series
on Liberation Theology
by Ron Rhodes



In 1985, a leader of the conservative wing of the Roman Catholic church in
Latin America, Bishop Hoyos, denounced liberation theologians, saying: "When
I see a church with a machine gun, I cannot see the crucified Christ in that
church. We can never use hate as a system of change. The core of being a
church is love."[1]

Theological controversies are often confined to seminary classrooms or
theological journals. But the controversy provoked by Latin American
liberation theology has been public and it has been worldwide - involving
the Vatican, orthodox and not-so-orthodox priests, lay people, sociologists,
socialists, capitalists, economists, government leaders and their military,
and much more. Liberation theology has certainly not been the passing fad
some analysts thought it would be when it first emerged in the late 1960s.

Strictly speaking, liberation theology should be understood as a family of
theologies - including the Latin American, Black, and feminist varieties.
All three respond to some form of oppression: Latin American liberation
theologians say their poverty-stricken people have been oppressed and
exploited by rich, capitalist nations. Black liberation theologians argue
that their people have suffered oppression at the hands of racist whites.
Feminist liberation theologians lay heavy emphasis upon the status and
liberation of women in a male-dominated society.

This article, the first of a three-part series on liberation theology, will
focus on the Latin American variety - examining its historical roots,
growth, doctrine, and present status in the world. Primary emphasis will be
on how the movement has changed since its emergence in the late 1960s. In
Parts Two and Three respectively, I will examine the Black and feminist
varieties.

[ full article: http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/Liberation.html ]





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