Liberation Theology Essay

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Liberation Theology Liberation theology is situational. The emergence of liberation theology and the interpretation of the Bible under liberation theology stems directly to the participants place in society. As the title suggests, liberation theology interprets the Bible as a document of hope that will give strength and validity to a struggle against an oppressor. Liberation theology rises out of a new political consciousness. The oppressed people have to realize they are oppressed and that the Bible text can be used as a tool to overcome their oppressors. In regards to South Africa, there was an awakening when the black people realized their lack of influence in politics, the huge economic disparity between rich and poor, and their low…show more content…
State theology is controlled by the same people who control the political parities, the economic situation, and the agents of oppression. In this theology, money talks, and the people without money have no voice. Apartheid was like a religion in that it was something people strongly believed in, it used the Bible as justification, and it was practiced every day. The important item to remember is that apartheid was created by humans. It was flawed (obviously) and actually worked in direct opposition to the Church’s teachings. As Boesak points out, “Can a Christian in a Christian country with a host of Christian churches speak and preach about the sanctity of family life and about the responsibility of parents and children and at the same time vote for a government and sustain and aid a system that gives theological justification to laws that maintain that black people cannot live together as husband and wife.” (120) the hypocrisy here seems so blatant. As liberation theology has moved on in the post Apartheid era, there has been several problems in its adaptation. The South African liberation theology movement was based almost solely on racial equality and the end to apartheid. When apartheid was dismantled, the movement had no direction, even though several social issues still remained. The focus of the movement was so specific that it made it difficult to transition to anything more inclusive. Another problem with liberation theology is that the text it uses
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