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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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 In Peru, home to liberation theology's founder, Gustavo Gutierrez, John Paul named as archbishop of Lima a member of the ultra-conservative Opus Dei organization, Juan Luis Cipriani, in 1999. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Analysis: Pope Francis uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church," 19 Jan. 2018 The group was founded in 1964 by students inspired by the Cuban revolution and Catholic priests steeped in liberation theology. Maximo Anderson,, "In Colombia, Marxist Rebels Hold the Oil Industry Hostage," 10 Jan. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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