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Liberation Theology's Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Liberation Theology Bible Study

Liberation Theology Bible Study (Photo credit: Student Christian Movement)

Some of the theology texts I have read over the years, and articles and even (faux) news reports suggest that liberation theologians failed in their mission, given the fact that it’s not as popular and “trendy” as it once was in the ’70’s and 80’s. And by all (neoliberal) capitalist definitions of success, liberation theology is a failure. Google “liberation theology” and some of the word associations such as “political violence,” “retreat” and “demise” follow along with it. Once I was at a conference, and confessed at a dinner table at Cracker Barrell that I was a liberation theologian, and one person across the table went on a rant about how violent liberation theology was and how missionaries in Latin America were persecuted. I am pretty sure Liberation Theology is not the only ideology around that has had violent persons believe in it. But if you do not share the idea of what it means to be successful as corporate America, then you get quite a different picture.

Nowadays, even the most conservative of Christian websites cannot help but talk about the suffering of the oppressed (I won’t link to garbage, but the TGC’s recent video about how “dangerous” social justice Christianity is was just hilariously misguided). The fact that the idea of social justice is being talked about (whether it is being done or not, is a different matter), and the fact that liberation theologians’ concerns are being debated hardly means that fundamentalism or process theism has won the day. Theology texts want to make sure that the status quo is self-assured and victorious, by both co-opting the rhetoric of liberation theology as well as announcing its demise, when, in reality, you can’t have it both ways. If something has “retreated” or “defeated,” then why use that community’s words? No, what this means is that LT’s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

In other news, Pope Francis I is going to meet with Gustavo Gutierez, the founder of liberation theology.

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#Lent: some possible ideas

As a Baptist, I’m not really required to follow the Liturgical Calendar. But I can use my own freedom to recognize it. In the past I have given up meat for Lent, kyriarchy. This year, I’m leaning towards giving up procrastination, which means finishing a number of drafts in my blogging queue. I could also give up critical thinking. Or making fun of Joel Watts.

Any suggestion?

Intelligent People Blogging Intelligently This Week

TDKR + Ramona Flowers

Here are some posts that made me think this week, take and read!:

Martin Luther King Jr. On Human Solidarity and an Inescapable Network of Mutuality and the Dangers of Uninterrogated Whiteness by Cynthia R. Nielsen

Mark Driscoll Versus Everyone: Stifling Monstrosity by Toy Adams

Concerns With Women In Combat by Brian LePort

Moltmann’s Theological Genealogy and Use of Jewish Thought by Kevin

I Don’t Want To Be Just As I Am by Amanda Mac (I think she meant this post for Baptist, since we can play “Just As I Am” 50 times after the sermon and expect someone to come to the altar automatically)

Dr. King and Catholic Social Teaching by Robert Christian

Scriptural Reasoning: Reflection on a night of Interfaith Dialogue by Krista Dalton

Transformers: Immigrants In Disguise? by James Daily

The Cornel West We Forgot When We Met President Obama by Billy Honor