Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution

Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution

by Kathleen M. Nadeau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275971988

ISBN-13: 9780275971984

Pub. Date: 10/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution studies the interrelationship of international development policies and local social and economic structures in the Philippines. This ethnography demonstrates that the application of conventional development paradigms to the situation overlooks the human suffering and displacement experienced

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Liberation Theology in the Philippines: Faith in a Revolution studies the interrelationship of international development policies and local social and economic structures in the Philippines. This ethnography demonstrates that the application of conventional development paradigms to the situation overlooks the human suffering and displacement experienced by the people for whom the policies are supposed to help. By contrast, the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) movement offers an alternative strategy for development that aims to build a more just and community-oriented society, while promoting sustainable development.

The study begins with an historical analysis of the relationship between liberation theology, the Catholic Church, and the nationalist struggle. The remaining chapters look at the real experiences of people living and working in the BECs, as they struggle against some of the negative impacts of traditional approaches to development. In addition, the author illustrates how BECs can fail when environmental and social factors clash with a community's attempts at development, and highlights the theology and religious aspects of the BEC movement. This unique contribution to the study of liberation theology and development will be of interest to scholars, students, and professionals working with development agencies and religious organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275971984
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2001
Series:
Religion in the Age of Transformation Series
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Prologue: The People's Church

Part I

Peasant Resistance and Religious Protest in Early Philippine Society: Turning Friars Against the Grain

American Colonization (1898-1946) and Repression of Organized Movements: Continuing the Revolution

Part II

Cebu's Basic Ecclesial Community Movement's Alternative Plan for Sustainable Development

The Illusion of "Catching-Up Development" in Cebu

Struggle in the Uplands: Christian Farmers in Cebu

Beyond the Dumping Ground: A Critique of the BEC Model as a Strategy for Development in an Urban Site

Part III

Rethinking Marxism and Philippine Theology of Struggle

Conclusion: Participatory Development from the Grassroots

Epilogue: Human Rights for the Poor

Appendix A: "My Life Experiences and Story about Smokey Mountain" by Resident Youth Leader

Appendix B: Interviews with Christian Political Detainees in Cebu (1993)

Bibliography

Index

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