“In order for a system to qualify as an example of true liberation theology, it must be faithful to the Biblical content of the gospel, to Biblical evangelism, and must not subordinate the concerns for God’s kingdom to secular ideologies. A true liberation theology will also recognize that deliverance from poverty requires a rejection of Socialist measures that ignore the creation of wealth. And a true liberation theology will never support a totalitarianism of the Right or of the Left.”
Ronald H. Nash
And many famous liberationist Christians would agree: Oscar Romero, Ignacio Ellacuria.
Liberation theology therefore fails to understand the real causes of poverty. Since it misunderstands the nature of the disease, it cannot hope to provide a cure. It is deficient both in its diagnosis and in its prescription. In recommending a cure, liberationists are never able to think beyond…
Jesus was producing wealth? Really? Wasn’t he just producing food?
”If you’re going to quote a lot of people who either dislike Malcolm because he broke away from Elijah Muhammad, or you’re going to quote the very kind of a police force and secret police force that actually killed him, you know, then it makes the whole thing shaky.”
- Amiri Baraka on Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, criticising the fact that the sources were FBI/CIA files and NOI members (and Marable’s own speculation).
I get it, but a lot of the best info on Malcolm, besides his own writings, can be found in the records that the FBI kept.
Pollepel Island (the ruins can be seen riding the Metro North). Both the Native Americans and the Dutch who tried to live there said it was haunted, and it eventually blew up.
The gospel message must not be subordinated to a political agenda. But one of the more serious problems with liberation theology is its tendency to produce a reorientation (a conversion, if you will) within its followers where the historically essential concerns of the Christian faith are replaced…
WOW! The gospel message is totally political. And the distinction between the political and the religious is a modern one.
This is bullshit!!! Liberation Theology is the furthest thing from Gnosticism. It’s liberation theologians who emphasize the earthly and embodied aspects of Christian salvation when the majority of non-liberationist Christians overemphasize the otherworldly aspect.
Plus, the Christian tradition is constantly changing. What theologian hasn’t altered elements of the “historical faith”?
It is heresy to state that God’s love for people varies in proportion to their wealth. It is absurd to suggest that all the poor are good and all the rich are evil. Jose Miranda is wrong when he dogmatizes that knowing God means nothing more than seeking justice for the poor. Much liberation…
"Sprawl II" and "We Used To Wait." Check out "We Used To Wait" especially. It’s beautiful
Blondie covering Beirut. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow at McCarren Park.