Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction

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Since the founding of the United States, religion has been used to justify oppression. Yet while religious discourse buttressed such oppressive activities as slavery and the destruction of native populations, oppressed communities have also made use of religion to critique and challenge this abuse. As Liberation Theologies in the United States demonstrates, this critical use of religion has often taken the form of liberation theologies, which use primarily Christian principles to address questions of social justice, including racism, poverty, and other types of oppression.

This volume brings together a stellar group of liberation theologians to provide a broad introduction to the historical development, context, theory, and goals of a variety of U.S. liberation theologies, from feminist, womanist, and gay/lesbian to Black, Latino, Asian American, and Native American theologies.

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Editorial Reviews

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“To acknowledge the limits and gifts of our theological past, to mourn and rage the depth of oppression, to gratefully accept our place in a lineage of struggle and hope, such is the blessing provided by the authors of Liberation Theologies in the United States. May their work be a catalyst for further acts of daring, compassion, and insight.”
-Sharon D. Welch,Provost and Professor of Religion and Society, Meadville, Lombard Theological School

“This present book is inspired by this older liberation theology, but it is focused on the liberation theologies concerning the oppressed of America... and chiefly the oppressed groups previously overlooked... Each essay provides ample evidence that its group has long been oppressed and deserves its own liberation theology.”-CHOICE,

“An extraordinary resource for understanding the vitality of liberation theologies and their relation to social transformation in the changing U.S. context. Written in an accessible and engaged way, this powerful and informative text will inspire beginners and scholars alike. I highly recommend it.”
-Kwok Pui-lan,author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology

"This book is a delight to read...[and] an exemplary account of the genre of liberation theologies."-Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher,Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814727652
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 731,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her books include Mining the Motherlode: Methods in Womanist Ethics, Black Church Studies: An Introduction and Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (NYU Press, 2007).

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, where he also serves as the executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. His books include Varieties of African-American Religious Experience, Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology, and By These Hands: A Documentary History of African-American Humanism (NYU Press, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Black Theology Anthony B. Finn 15

2 Womanist Theology Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas 37

3 Latina Theology Nancy Pineda-Madrid 61

4 Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology Benjam?n Valent?n 86

5 Asian American Theology Andrew Sung Park 115

6 Asian American Feminist Theology Grace Ji-Sun Kim 131

7 Native Feminist Theology Andrea Smith 149

8 American Indian Theology George (Tink) Tinker 168

9 Gay and Lesbian Theologies Robert E. Shore-Goss 181

10 Feminist Theology Mary McClintock Fulkerson 209

About the Contributors 227

Index 231

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