Liberation Theology: Human Hope Confronts Christian History and American Power

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Chapter 1

The Foundations for
a Theology of Liberation

This book brings together essays, some previously published, some unpublished, which attempt to glimpse the question of human liberation today from a variety of perspectives. The essays will focus on the question of human liberation primarily from the situation of the "oppressor-oppressed" relationship, as this applies to Christian anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and colonialism. It will also ask questions of the resources of the Christian tradition to provide symbols for the liberation of peoples whom the very culture created in the name of Christianity has helped to oppress. It will be looking to what transformations need to take place to transform Christianity from a Constantinian to a prophetic religion; from an ideology of the oppressor to a gospel of liberation for the oppressed, and through the oppressed, for the oppressor as well. Many other crucial problems for human liberation will thereby be left largely untouched. The thorough knowledge of economics in its international development, and the social and economic effects of technology are also crucial for an understanding of the prospects of human liberation today. The integration of the psychological and the social sciences is essential also to overcome that impasse between Marx and Freud which has

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