Liberation Theology is a strand of theology that began to take shape in the 1960s under the leadership of Catholic theologians and priests from Central and South America. Since its inception, it has been adopted, adapted, and developed by a variety of groups from various religious backgrounds across the globe. The purpose of this course is to explore the historical, theological, and practical elements of Liberation Theology. The course will consist of reading primary and secondary texts by scholars from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America. Along the way, we will consider such things as the historical background of Liberation Theology, the core elements of Liberation Theology, whether or not there is a Liberation Theology or many Liberation Theologies, if Liberation Theology is specific to the Christian tradition, and the relationship between orthodoxy and orthopraxy. We will also evaluate the critiques that have been levied against Liberation Theology and ask whether or not those critiques are consistent with the intentions of those who practice Liberation Theology. One of the concluding goals of this course is to develop the capacity to articulate the contours of Liberation Theology to a broad audience and demonstrate how it can be applied in our contemporary context.
- Teacher: Brendon Benz