Liberation Theology In Battleground Religious Education

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Laura Ammon Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Creator)
Randall Reed Ph.D, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Sociology of Religion, History of Religions, New Testament (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Liberation Theology is a twentieth-century theological movement that intersects with grassroots struggles for social justice, especially throughout Latin America. Born out of the Roman Catholic Church, and especially the changes formed at the great church gathering known as "Vatican II" (in Rome in the 1960s), Liberation Theology includes an emphasis on the church's role as one that "relates believers to the modern world" (Gutierrez 1988). Advocates of Liberation Theology interpreted this to mean that the church is to be an advocate for believers, especially poor believers. Liberation Theology took the preferential option for the poor as a rallying cry and, through Christian-based communities (regular gatherings for study and prayer), worked for social and economic justice for the poorest peoples. Connecting to other global movements such as feminism and environmentalism, Liberation Theology has continued to expand, despite resistance from inside and outside the Catholic and Protestant churches.

Additional Information

Reed, Randall and Laura Ammon (2008),"Liberation Theology In Battleground Religion Education". Westport CT, Greenwood Publishing (2008) pp. 311-318.”
Language: English
Date: 2008
theology, religious education, religion in South America

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