The future of liberation theology : an argument and manifesto /

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Author / Creator:Petrella, Ivan, 1969- author.
Imprint:Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Description:1 online resource
Subject:Liberation theology.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Systematic.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Liberation theology.
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Electronic books.
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Notes:Originally published: Ashgate Publishing, 2004.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 8, 2017).
Summary:Two hundred years after the publication of Schleiermacher's epoch-making Speeches, The Future of Liberal Theology presents a comprehensive and critical reassessment of the past, present and future of the liberal tradition in Christian theology. In dialogue with the different forms of liberalism emerging from the Enlightenment, each of which is carefully defined, distinguished international theologians draw on a range of perspectives which represent the diversity of liberal theology. Discussing the criticisms of liberalism offered in the twentieth century, and engaging with contemporary theological debate which is often deeply hostile to liberalism, the conclusions offered for liberal theology range from the deeply pessimistic to the thoroughly optimistic. Students, clergy, and theological educators more broadly will value this critical reflection on the current state of theology and suggestions for its future course, together with the serious engagement with issues in theological education, which this book presents.
Other form:Print version: Petrella, Ivan, 1969- Future of liberation theology : an argument and manifesto. London, [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2016, ©2004 ix, 177 pages 9780754640516
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This is an excellent book. Many theologians believed that Latin American liberation theology was dead, killed by the failure of the Nicaraguan and Salvadoran revolutions, the 1989 demise of socialism, and the "end of history" claims of the champions of capitalism. But here Petrella (Univ. of Miami) proves this belief to be wrong. He shows that this theology can be reinvented to bring its preferential option for the poor into real world actualization in historical projects if it adopts methods developed by the Brazilian champion of critical legal studies, Roberto Unger. Doing so will entail the rejection of these theologians' unitary concepts of a despised and rejected capitalism and a canonized and accepted socialism. Petrella argues for a John Dewey-like reconstruction of these concepts and those of democracy and property, too. Especially brilliant are (1) his analyses of the differences in democracy and capitalism as practiced in the US and in the European countries inspired by social democratic parties, (2) the consequences he draws from regarding property as a bundle of separable rights, and (3) his refutations of some of the doctrines of Johann Baptist Metz and the disciples of Stanley Hauerwas. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. M. Betz Villanova University

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