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December 8th, 2012

What is Liberation Theology?

by Max Andrews

Liberation theology is the raising of the theological question in relation to Marxist thought. Liberation theologians point out that they use Marxist thought or concepts but not necessarily the whole ideology

  • They will point out much of Marx’s format was for analysis of existing social and economic structures in order to understand the economic conditions within a particular cultural context
  • Additionally, Marxist approaches had effective action or praxis to bring about liberation—action oriented
  • Marx is the philosophical grandson of Hegel
  • The ever-present problem of paralysis of analysis, or, all think and no do
  • Marxist conceptual understandings is to see how we can act to change and equalize the present social situation