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The Futures of Liberation Theology

Ivan Petrella

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.003.0013
The Futures of Liberation Theology

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The chapter has three main parts: first, that the core of liberation theology includes an epistemological element (doing theology from the standpoint of the poor), a practical/moral element (thinking about ideals by thinking about institutions), and a metaphysical element (the world is idolatrous). Second, when followed to their natural conclusion, each element forces the theologian to leave theology behind. They call for a thinking that goes beyond theology as usually understand. Finally, urban planning and architecture provide an example of what liberation theology without theology would look like—liberation pursued beyond the limited scope and stranglehold of traditional theology.

Keywords: Epistemological; practical; moral; metaphysical; theologian; urban planning; architecture

Chapter.  4228 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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