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RELIGION: Liberation theology label a good one

Letter by Iver M. Haugen, Lakewood on Sep. 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm | 11 Comments »
September 7, 2010 2:41 pm

Re: “Religion: Glenn Beck did do his homework” (letter, 9-7).

The writer states that “Beck and anyone familiar with liberation theology know that the dominant principle involved is Marxism.”

No. Its message is a sound embrace of the teachings of Jesus and the Old Testament prophets, briefly summed up as “God’s preferential option for the poor.” The architects were priests/theologians working among the poorest of the poor in South America and seeing their plight (and that of those of us who are well off) through biblical glasses.

I have read all of their major writings. I also had the high honor of hearing and conversing with Gustavo Gutierrez, one of their great leaders, at a two-week seminar. He was an incredibly humble, brilliant, faithful and inspiring man.

I doubt if President Obama wears labels any better than I do (they are almost always misunderstood), but if someone were to attach “liberation theology” to my belief (and action) system, I would be most honored. But I would also ask, “What do you mean by that?”

(Haugen is a retired pastor.)

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