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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Recent Examples on the Web The megalomanic Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who espoused liberation theology and violence against opponents, was removed in a military coup in 1991 but restored to power in 1994. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 7 July 2021 Feminism, social justice, racial equality -- all these things resulted from liberal biblical criticism and liberation theology. Diana Butler Bass, CNN, 17 June 2021 Senator Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, won election with a campaign rooted in Black liberation theology. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 4 Mar. 2020 As committed Christians, they were steeped in black liberation theology. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2019 Their thinking on social justice has underpinned the theory and practice of liberation theology. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 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 24 Oct. 2021.

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