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The Situation and Tasks of Liberation Theology Today

Gustavo Gutiérrez

in Opting for the Margins

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161199
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019516119X.003.0005

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

 The Situation and Tasks of Liberation Theology Today

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Christian faith and liberation theology face three great challenges: (1) modernity and postmodernity, (2) the widening gap between a rich elite and the poor majority, and (3) religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue. The author focuses on the second challenge, that of widespread poverty under globalization. Because the Christian message requires,and reveals the meaning of, a response to the poor in which God’s reign is accepted, theology must look at history from its underside, from the side of its victims. The author discusses three areas of concern to future liberation theology: the complexityof the world of the poor, the problematic of globalization and poverty, and a deepening liberation spirituality.

Keywords: globalization; liberation theology; modernity; postmodernity; poverty; religious pluralism; spirituality

Chapter.  8145 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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