liberation theology


: a religious movement especially among Roman Catholic clergy in Latin America that combines political philosophy usually of a Marxist orientation with a theology of salvation as liberation from injustice
liberation theologian noun

Examples of liberation theology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The papacy of John Paul II drew other lines, reining in liberation theology, insisting on moral truths, and buttressing church authority. R. R. Reno, Foreign Affairs, 13 Nov. 2018 The nature of the Resistance lends itself to a certain kind of liberation theology. Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Affairs, 23 Aug. 2019 This scholarship could swerve from Kathy Acker to liberation theology and ancient apophatic traditions. Geoffrey Mak, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2023 Critics argue that Black liberation theology, which melds Christianity with the Black struggle for liberation from various forms of oppression, has Marxist roots. Aaron Kliegman, Fox News, 12 May 2023 In 1980, Lula and a group of workers, intellectuals and artists founded the Workers’ Party in response to the military regime, a pluralistic left-wing party that brought together trade unionists, intellectuals, artists and liberation theology practitioners, among others. Júlia Ledur, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2023 The rise of liberation theology in the 1960s and ’70s, a time when the Catholic Church in Latin America increasingly stressed its mission as one of social justice, in some cases drawing on Marxist ideas, failed to counter the appeal of Protestant faiths. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 His office censured several leading proponents of liberation theology, and by the early 1990s the movement was considered defeated. Rachel Donadio, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 One of the Jesuits, Father Ignacio Ellacuría, was a vocal advocate of liberation theology. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2023

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First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Liberation theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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