Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?
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Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?  -     By: Paul E. Sigmund

Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?

Oxford University Press / 1992 / Paperback

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Title: Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?
By: Paul E. Sigmund
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 9.04 X 6.02 X 0.66 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 019507274X
ISBN-13: 9780195072747
Stock No: WW072747

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Liberation theology originated in Catholic Latin America at the end of the 1960s in response to prevalent conditions of poverty and oppression. Its basic tenet was that it is the primary duty of the church to seek to promote social and economic justice. Since that time it has grown in
influence, spreading to other areas of the Third World, along with bitter controversy about its ties to Marxist ideology and violent revolution. Drawing on both English and Spanish sources, this critical study examines the history, method, and doctrines of liberation theology. Sigmund considers the
movement's origins in political circumstances in Latin America and provides case studies of its role in such events as the revolution and counter-revolution in Chile, and in the revolutionary movements in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Examining the thought of major liberation theologians, as well as
the critical responses of the Vatican, Sigmund shows that liberation theology is a complex phenomenon, comprising a variety of kinds and degrees of radicalism. He discerns a general trend away from the Marxist rhetoric that has often characterized the movement in the past and towards the kind of
grassroots populist reform typified by the Basic Christian Communities Movement.

Editorial Reviews


"An excellent book, well organized, which makes it so valuable for college use, particularly the case studies on Chile, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The generous information on dates, places, and individuals, in addition to the author's attention to chronology, makes of this book a most useful
instrument for history courses."--Martin Poblete, Rutgers University


"A provocative and highly interesting book written by a thinker with real knowledge of liberation theology and its political implications."--Stephen J. Pope, Boston College


"An important book on an important subject. Very scholarly, yet very readable for undergraduates."--Edward Brachman, SUNY--Genesco


"In addition to providing a readable survey of liberation theology, Sigmund succeeds in proving that democracy stands as the only logical--and theologically correct--alternative for contemporary liberation theology....Sigmund displays an encyclopedic knowledge of liberation theologians."--Harvard
International Review


"A solid balanced account of a complex movement."--Peter McDonough, Arizona State University


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