Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide by Robert McAfee Brown

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Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide, by Robert McAfee Brown. Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville 1993. 143 pp. $9.99 (paper). ISBN 0-664-25424-1.

BROWN ONCE AGAIN HAS SHARED his passion for liberation theology and its challenge to dominant theology and United States imperialism. This guide, based on a series of lectures to laypeople on the role of the church in Latin America, shares powerful stories of those who face poverty and oppression and the new ways of seeing and understanding God, and the world, that result from their life situations.

This book introduces readers to liberation theology's new way of understanding people (compromiso, God's presence, God's preferential option), a new way of seeing the world (social analysis), new ways of encountering God (spirituality and liberation), a new way of being the church (base communities), and new ways of reading the Bible. Brown concludes with a new way for North Americans (a challenge to United States, political imperialism, patriotism, and the oppressor role) and outlines some steps for North Americans to take in response to the challenge of liberation theology. …