The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology [NOOK Book]

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Liberation theology is widely referred to in discussions of politics and religion but not always adequately understood. The 2007 edition of this Companion brings the story of the movement's continuing importance and impact up to date. Additional essays, which complement those in the original edition, expand upon the issues by dealing with gender and sexuality and the important matter of epistemology. In the light of a more conservative ethos in Roman Catholicism, and in theology generally, liberation theology is ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology

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Overview

Liberation theology is widely referred to in discussions of politics and religion but not always adequately understood. The 2007 edition of this Companion brings the story of the movement's continuing importance and impact up to date. Additional essays, which complement those in the original edition, expand upon the issues by dealing with gender and sexuality and the important matter of epistemology. In the light of a more conservative ethos in Roman Catholicism, and in theology generally, liberation theology is often said to have been an intellectual movement tied to a particular period of ecumenical and political theology. These essays indicate its continuing importance in different contexts and enable readers to locate its distinctive intellectual ethos within the evolving contextual and cultural concerns of theology and religious studies. This book will be of interest to students of theology as well as to sociologists, political theorists and historians.
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This volume offers a survey of examples of liberation theology in different parts of the world. Following an introduction by Rowland (Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, U. of Oxford), 11 contributions discuss contemporary liberation theology (task and content, its application in Asia, and Black and feminist theology); a Brazilian perspective on the origins and character of the base ecclesial community, the Bible and the poor, and liberation and reconstruction; and finally, analysis and criticism of the topic in relation to the Roman Catholic Church, Marxism, economics, and political theology, tradition and modernity. The epilogue discusses the future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139817691
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,071,381
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford. His most recent publications include Radical Christian Writings: A Reader (2002) with Andrew Bradstock.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Glossary
Abbreviations
Introduction: the theology of liberation 1
1 The task and content of liberation theology 19
2 Liberation theology in Asia 39
3 Black theology 63
4 Feminist theology: a critical theology of liberation 89
5 The origins and character of the base ecclesial community: a Brazilian perspective 109
6 The Bible and the poor: a new way of doing theology 129
7 Liberation and reconstruction: the unfinished agenda 153
8 Liberation theology and the Roman Catholic Church 179
9 Marxism, liberation theology and the way of negation 199
10 The economics of liberation theology 218
11 Political theology, tradition and modernity 235
Epilogue: the future of liberation theology 248
Select bibliography 252
Index 257
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