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The Political Theory of Liberation Theology
Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Sciences
The Political Theory of Liberation Theology
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John R. Pottenger - Author
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Hardcover - 274 pages
Release Date: September 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0118-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0118-7

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Paperback - 274 pages
Release Date: September 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0119-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0119-4

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Summary

This is the first in-depth look at the political theoretical structure of liberation theology. Pottenger shows how liberation theologians, writing from the perspective of the poor and oppressed, denounce modernity and especially capitalism for having caused poverty and military dictatorships. He evaluates the liberation theologians' methodological approach to political theory and the crucial role of Marxism. He also analyzes liberation theologians' assessment of Latin American political economy and their moral arguments for political activism in response to these assessments.

Pottenger addresses the general question of to what extent liberation theology has achieved its ultimate objective of a just society--of the convergence of traditional social values and modern political science.

"This book goes beyond a simple survey of liberation theology to deal with complex issues linking theory and practice in social life. It offers an overview of the central issues raised by liberation theology and presents its methodological implications. The relation of fact and value is explored, and questions are raised about ethical theory." -- Virginia L. Muller, University of San Diego

John R. Pottenger
is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Context of Liberation Theology

The Religious Context

The Political Theoretical Context

Toward Restoring the Moral Critique: Liberation Theology

2. Toward a Methodology for Liberation

Introduction

Critique of Academic Theology

Limits and Grounding

Liberation Theology as a Process Theology of Society

Conclusion

3. The Marxist-Christian Tension

Introduction

Conservative Criticisms

Marxisms and Marx

Maintaining the Tension

Conclusion

4. Assessing Latin American Political Economies

Introduction

The World Economy

The National Security State

Limitations of Liberation Theology's Assessments

Conclusion

5. The Ethics of Reform and Revolution

Introduction

Reformist Politics

Revolution and Violence

Conclusion

6. Ethics and Social Theory

Introduction

Human Nature and Politics

Theory Construction

Critical Theory and Liberation Theology

Conclusion

Appendix: Brief Biographies of Selected Liberation Theologians

Notes

Bibliography

Liberation Theology

Related Topics

Index


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