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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The central battle was over the liberation theology movement in Latin America. Rachel Donadio, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 Gates considers how Black liberation theology seeks to free people of color from social injustice on earth, rather than in the afterlife. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 While assigned to an Oblate mission in Brazil from 1968 to 1973, Rev. Kabat was introduced to developing currents in religious activism through liberation theology and its emphasis on economic and social justice. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 As an opponent of the military’s authoritarian rule, Cardinal Hummes became associated with proponents of liberation theology, a social justice movement within the Catholic Church. New York Times, 13 July 2022 The pope has gone on record against liberation theology for decades, criticizing the blending of church theology with politics. Fox News, 2 July 2022 Roundtables on topics from Black liberation theology to transgender identity are common, proposed by an active contingent of nearly 100 young adult members. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of liberation theology was in 1970

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“Liberation theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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