Called for Freedom: The Changing Context of Liberation Theology
In this frank and honest work one of the pioneers of liberation theology in Latin America reasseses the movement in light of post-Cold War realities. Comblin outlines a liberative theological pastoral agenda for now and the decades to come in the face of massive urbanization and the apparent triumph of the global marketplace. With the increasing "apartheid" of rich and poor, the cause of liberation remains as urgent as ever -- perhaps more so. But what is the meaning of liberation in this new context? And how must that cause be adapted to new circumstances?Comblin explores these questions in relation to church and society, touching on the realms of economics, politics, culture, and personal freedom. Critical of the past tendency of liberation theologians to rely on Marxist rather than biblical language, Comblin is even more critical of the tendency of the institutional church to turn the gospel message of freedom on its head, substituting a religion of law for the imperative of love.Realistic about the difficulties and the challenges ahead, Comblin remains cautiously hopeful about the future. "The times are not propitious for spectacular achievements. Now is the time to begin to work out new responses to the new challenges."
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