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Liberation Theology

The Essential Facts About the Revolutionary Movement in Latin America and Beyond

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Liberation theology has become an essential component of almost every major debate over Latin America today.  It has changed the face of political life in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti; contributed to the rise of “people power” in the Philippines; even played a role in the growing discontent of debt-plagued Brazil.

Now, using the plainspoken approach that made his Inside Central America the indispensable book on current affairs in the region, Phillip Berryman traces the origins, spread, and impact of liberation theology.  He shows how its proponents have radically reinterpreted basic Biblical themes (such as the Creation and the Exodus) from the perspective of the poor and isenfranchised.  By not asking “What must I believe?” but rather “What is to be done?” they make a direct connection between religious beliefs and political life.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 01, 1987 – Liberation theology as an interpretation of Christian faith out of the experiences of the poor has its roots in Latin America. Berryman, from his background as a priest in the Latin American ministry, presents an overview of the revolutionary religious movement. Accepting the premise that pastoral work among the poor is necessarily involved in critique of economic structures, he explains the methods used in "base communities'' and introduces leading figures, clerical and lay, who adapt the teachings of the Gospels to the material needs of deprived people. The significance of liberation theology in governments such as those of Nicaragua, the Philippines and El Salvador is examined with projections of repercussions for North Americans. For the general reader, this straightforward presentation clarifies confusing issues and demolishes some myths about this powerful movement.
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  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Feb 20, 2013
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
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