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Beyond Liberation Theology

A Polemic

Beyond Liberation Theology

A Polemic

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334041344
Published: 31/01/2008

Ivan Petrella provides a bold new interpretation of liberation theology's present state and future possibilities. In so doing, he challenges a number of established pieties: Instead of staying within the accepted norm of examining liberation theologies individually as if they were closed worlds, he dares develop a framework that tackles Latin American, Black, Womanist, and Hispanic/Latino(a) theologies together; instead of succumbing to the fashionable identity politics that rules liberationist discourse, he places poverty at the forefront of concern; instead of seeking to carve out a small space for theology in a secular world, he shows that only an expansive understanding of liberation theology can deal with contemporary challenges.

The end result is a wake-up call for liberation theologians everywhere and a radical new direction for liberation theology itself.

Ivan Petrella, Marcella Althaus-Reid

Ivan Petrella is Associate Professor at the University of Miami. His previous publications include Another Possible World and The Future of Liberation Theology.

"Controversial and brilliant. Petrella is one of the leading voices in twenty-first century Latin American Liberation Theology."-- Marcella Althaus-Reid, PhD Chair in Contextual Theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

2Ivan Petrella's brilliant and bold book raises several timely and important challenges for future work within & about liberation theologies. He has produced a seamless and compelling integration of theology, economics, and legal theory, both addressing and stimulating debate with the major liberation theologies of the Americas. His analysis will be key for years to come." -- Otto Maduro, Professor of Latin American Christianity & World Christianity, Drew University Theological School

"In this timely and well-argued book Ivan Petrella's thought gets even more incisive and original. The current state of the world requires the challenge of liberation theology because the poor are dying everywhere, not only in the so-called Third World. Theology, economics and legal theory come together in this wonderful canvas of social reflexivity; this is a book that will remain seminal to all theologians in the 21st Century." -- Mario I. Aguilar, Chair of Religion and Politics, Director, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), St Mary's College, University of St Andrews