liberation theology


Definition of 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

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liberation theologian noun

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Recent Examples on the Web In other speeches, Harris has invoked liberation theology, the strain of Christian thought that emphasizes social concern for the poor and political liberation for oppressed peoples. The Salt Lake Tribune, "5 faith facts about Biden’s veep pick, Kamala Harris — a Baptist with Hindu family," 12 Aug. 2020 Harris frequently cited the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan and liberation theology during speeches and campaign stops. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Kamala Harris does not want to institute Sharia law," 3 Sep. 2019 As the Vatican’s opposition to liberation theology intensified in the 1980s under Pope John Paul II, Father Cardenal became a focal point. Elias E. Lopez,, "Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan priest, poet, revolutionary, at 95," 4 Mar. 2020 As committed Christians, they were steeped in black liberation theology. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi," 14 Oct. 2019 Their thinking on social justice has underpinned the theory and practice of liberation theology. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Pope documentary inspires S.A. believers," 26 May 2018 Rather, Curry was drawing on the rhetoric of liberation theology — a 20th century theological tradition inspired by Marxist thought — to characterize love as a necessary, chaotic, and political force. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Bishop Michael Curry just stole the show with his sermon at the Royal Wedding.," 20 May 2018 Perhaps the most courageous action of a liberal religious leader was taken by Howard Moody, minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church, who preached—and practiced—what might be understood as an American Protestant version of liberation theology. Linda Gordon, The New Republic, "How birth-control leaders found allies in American religious groups," 5 Apr. 2018 The son of Korean immigrants, Mr. Kim worked in the slums of Haiti and Peru, guided by the liberation theology of Catholic priests and the outrage of leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky. Landon Thomas Jr., New York Times, "The World Bank Is Remaking Itself as a Creature of Wall Street," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of liberation theology

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Liberation theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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