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Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion: Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War Paperback – October 17, 1996

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"The author employs research that is both methodologically and conceptually innovative. She is working where the field of religion and politics in Latin America needs to be headed: research that focuses on the participants themselves and not just an institutional analysis of church and state." -- Michael A. Burdick, Center for the Study of Religion, University of California, Santa Barbara
"This is a revelatory work. The reader is provided with fresh and unusual insights. There are popular accounts of life and death in Central America but none, to my knowledge, that approach the subject from the theological depth which the author possesses." -- Edward L. Cleary, Providence College

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Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion explores the ways that Salvadoran Catholics sought to make sense of political violence in their country in the 1970s and 1980s by constructing a theological ethics that could both explain repression in religious terms and propose specific responses to violence. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the book highlights the ways that progressive Catholicism offered a justification and tools for political resistance in the face of extraordinary destruction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (October 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791431827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791431825
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Peterson received her PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and an affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Her research and teaching focus on environmental and social ethics and religion in Latin America. She has published widely, including the books Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion: Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War; Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World; Residence on Earth: Utopian Communities in the Americas; and Everyday Ethics and Social Change: The Education of Desire, as well as two collaborative books and numerous journal articles. She is currently co-writing a book on teaching the ethics of sustainability for scientists and technology professionals.

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I found it to be an easy read and very informative. Her methodology goes to the people and the findings are interesting. I recommend it.
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