Liberation Theology An Introductory Guide [download Summary] BY Robert McAfee Brown



10 thoughts on “Liberation Theology An Introductory Guide

  1. says:

    an exceptional intro to the liberation theology movement and its profound insights and broad usefulness

  2. says:

    This short book was a simple introduction to the concepts and applications of liberation theology I’ve wanted to know a

  3. says:

    I started this book fairly suspicious but it was truly a great read The best aspect of Brown's writing to me was his authenticity and honesty about what this book is and what it isn't Read as an assignment for school but very much enjoyed this one

  4. says:

    Loved it Very good overview All of the themes still resonate 25 years later

  5. says:

    Any church can talk about God but good churches talk about talking about God That is most simply what “theology” is being very careful about talking or reasoning about God We all approach faith with our particular perspectives but there are many different intentional ways of being careful about talking abou

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    Robert McAfee Brown is the preacher and I am the choir I don't need to be sold on the virtues of Liberation Theology So it drove me crazy how consistently Brown bypassed every single opportunity to make an interesting or provocative point He sidesteps a proper Marxist analysis of the movement in Latin America entirely and instead engages in the very worst sort of white guilt identity politics Remember Robert 'there is neither Jew

  7. says:

    When reading this book I found the general outline of every chapter to be relatively the same Brown tells a cute

  8. says:

    This is a short introduction to a tremendously controversial topic Most people have never heard of liberation theology although it did make a gu

  9. says:

    I picked this up fairly randomly in the library of a monastic retreat center I didn't know anything about Liberation Theology but I'm a definite social justice advocateactivist so I was very interested and glad I read it I don't think it would be a very convincing read however for someone hardline conservative o

  10. says:

    Brown has a way of simply but clearly laying out the basic tenets of liberation theology in way that is readable and applicable While I can't

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Ment Growing out of the experience of oppressed people in Latin America liberation theology lends a transforming power to both the study of the Bible and the Christian duty to work for justice f. Any church can talk about God but good churches talk about talking about God That is most simply what theology is being very careful about talking or reasoning about God We all approach faith with our particular perspectives but there are many different intentional ways of being careful about talking about God many different methods of theology For the method of Liberation Theology I have never seen a better introduction than Brown s Liberation Theology An Introductory Guide It is easy to read but very precise emotional but not saccharine Biblical and systematically theological political yet practical realistic yet hopeful Its description history and analysis of the liberation movement are spot on and the depth is perfect for regular church goers or theology students who need a breath of air from Gutierrez Some of the examples are dated if you consider the 1980 s ancient history And be warned your habits assumptions and politics will be placed up against the Bible and the state of the world which can lead to some defensiveness and despair But theology like life shouldn t always be comfortable Especially if you understand from the Bible that God has a preference for the poor and if you see in the world that people are systematically marginalized oppressed and abused the world that is satisfying to is the same world that is utterly devastating to the 44 Liberation Theology calls us to serve and sacrifice As Christ came to liberate or loose our bonds through heaven and on earth let us pursue justice hope and grace With that said plenty of well meaning stars and stripes Christians will have a fit with Brown or any hint of supporting governmentally organized interdependence Whether or not Jesus preached about community or the church thrives when it helps one another If it smells even remotely of state communism it must be evil Attempting to meet their confused Biblio patriotism in the introduction McAfee Brown writes I am firmly committed to the great American ideal of liberty and justice for all and because of that commitment feel obligated to point out places where the actuality is liberty and justice for some x Of course his real commitment is the gospel which must be translated into the actions and policies of a nation 7 Herein lies the leap that so divides Americans Despite the incontrovertible fact that religious values do shape the actions and policies of nations should we do that intentionally as a mission of the church And if so should the church push the white noise of anti homosexuality and pro militarism or sacred liberal ideals about treating people respectfully even at the critiue of our misguided immoral leaders That might sound a harsh assessment of the neo conservatism that gave rise to Liberation Theology and keeps it in business as much as ever but the gospel has no room for ideology certainly not those that rest on the sweat and blood of the powerless justified by some bastardized image of God In the words of Oscar Romero Either we believe in a God of life or we serve the idols of death 19 This book collects stories of life and death and Brown offers us ways to look at the world and act in ways that bring it a little closer to God s vision of a world in which justice flourishes compassion abounds and concern for the poor is paramount 48

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Liberation Theology An Introductory Guide

Or all God's people With heartwarming terrifying and humorous stories Brown shows the strength and significance of one of the outstanding developments in religious faith today and for the future. When reading this book I found the general outline of every chapter to be relatively the same Brown tells a cute story of how a Christian overcame the dominant culture to show love then this is why we need Liberation theology and then basically says Let s all be socialists for Jesus The book is in my humble opinion poorly written though simplistic it doesn t convey well what the principles of Liberation Theology are as played out in a society ran by this doctrine and it rarely provides greater than anecdotal evidence to the claims I think in general Liberation Theology is a very important development but overall it s no greater than any other Christian denomination They all pick and choose what they hold as sacred words of God and ignore the other scriptures that don t align fully with their own tenets Liberation Theology per this book lacked any acknowledgment of egalitarian rights as in women s or homosexual rights or even of religious freedoms I think at most this book can only be seen as a telling of when one should start the revolution and by what values they should go forward Honestly Liberation Theology romanticizes the poor and essentially inverts the power and oppression leaving the poor as the powerful oppressors Liberation Theology at most is one among many dogmatic transitional theory to social justice

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In a manner that is vivid and lively Robert McAfee Brown explains and illuminates liberation theology for North American readers who may have no previous knowledge of this dynamic Christian move. I started this book fairly suspicious but it was truly a great read The best aspect of Brown s writing to me was his authenticity and honesty about what this book is and what it isn t Read as an assignment for school but very much enjoyed this one