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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 with 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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  1. iamjimbo says:

    … but since Barry’s ears were slammed shut for the whole 20 years he attended Trinity, it’s a mute point… right?

  2. beerBoy says:

    This sounds pretty Marxist to me:

    …I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The Black Liberation Theology preached by Jeremiah Wright is addressed by people more knowledgable on the subject than myself!

    “…it would be illusory and dangerous to ignore the intimate bond which radically unites them (liberation theologies), and to accept elements of the marxist analysis without recognizing its connections with the (Marxist) ideology, or to enter into the practice of the class-struggle and of its marxist interpretation while failing to see the kind of totalitarian society to which this process slowly leads.”
    – (Author: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, now Pope Benedict XVI; written in 1984)

  4. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Black Liberation Theology was started in 1966 by 51 black pastors who also supported the goals of the black power movement at that time in our history. The generic form of liberation theology is more palatable than the “Black Liberation Theology” preached by the likes of the racist and anti-American radical Jeremiah Wright who served as the tutor/mentor for “OH-Bummer” for 20 years of his life!!!

  5. Indeed, you SHOULD ask “What do you mean by that?” because the term “liberation theology,” its origins nothwithstanding, has come at this time to be associated with communism, and more importantly has become a blunt force object used to hammer white people for all the ills people of color have suffered throughout our history.

    These terms evolve through time and usage. What it meant at one time may have little to do what with it means today.

  6. Seriously bBoy, you want us to leap from Christ’s warning about the dangers of riches to the human soul to embracing the teachings of Karl Marx?

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, please note that there is NOTHING in the gospels that suggests that Christ expected the government to assume responsibility for the individual conscience OR freedom.

    Consider Mother Teresa’s words:

    “I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one, one, one.”

    The mandate to take care of the poor and befriend the friendless is not a call for government control; it is a call on your life and mine to do the right thing, one day, one step at a time.

    Find me one place, just one, in scripture where Jesus Christ said or even implied that this should be the role of government?

  7. iamjimbo says:

    LOL… B quoting the bible is like B claiming GWB vetted Rauf… LOL!

  8. iamjimbo says:

    … and we all know B believes both… (I knew it would be over your head(s) )

  9. I am patiently awaiting bBoy’s reply. Perhaps I’ve missed something in scripture after all these years of study.

  10. Sumner401 says:

    Perhaps getting scripture from a cable propaganda network that causes and feeds your obsession isn’t such a good idea.

  11. bBoy, you keep doing this, posing questions and then ignoring the responses. Didn’t your mama teach you any manners?

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