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Liberation Theology: A Latitudinal Perspective

Vítor Westhelle

in The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

Published in print December 2007 |
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195170498.003.0018

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Liberation theology (LT) is a plural concept but a catalytic notion for theologies that challenge the hegemonic theological canon. Hegemony is a concept borrowed by LT from Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci. It designates a certain ruling order that combines power and consent. Liberation theologies can be broadly defined as an indisposition toward the hegemonic canons of Western theology. In this sense, they manifest in an array of theological expressions which include along with third world theologies, North American black theology, feminist theology, womanist theology, and many other adjectival or genitive theologies that challenge the dominant Western academic theological productions. This article discusses LT from a latitudinal perspective, eschatology and paradigms for eschatological thinking, Christianity and post-colonialism, the incoming reign of God and the signs of places, and eschaton.

Keywords: God; liberation theology; eschaton; Christianity; Antonio Gramsci; hegemony

Article.  7864 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Religious Studies

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