Liberation Theology: Europe

Luise Schottroff and John Rogerson

in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198601180
Published online April 2009 |
 Liberation Theology: Europe

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This chapter examines liberation theology in Europe. The term ‘liberation theology’ has its origins in the work of the liberation theologians of Latin America after which it came to be applied to the contextual theologies of other parts of the ‘two-thirds’ world. For a long time there was reluctance in the European context to use the term liberation theology for theologies of the First World, to avoid the misunderstanding that it was possible in Europe to copy or to take over the liberation theology of Latin America and in this way to perpetuate European colonialism. For this reason, many European theologians, such as Metz and Greinacher, prefer to use the terms ‘political’ theology or ‘prophetic’ theology for their work, or ‘theology of life’. On the other hand, there are male and female theologians who deliberately use the term liberation theology in order to express their respect for and solidarity with the liberation theologians of the ‘two-thirds’ world, and to make clear that liberation theology is a worldwide religious movement.

Keywords: Western Europe; liberation theology; Bible; Latin America

Chapter.  5622 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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