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Best introductory text on liberation theology available,
This review is from: Reading the Bible From the Margins (Paperback)
This is one of the best introductory texts on liberation theology available. It is concise, straightforward, and can be easily understood by those with little or no formal training in theology. The first four chapters deal primarily with biblical interpretation, showing how the Bible has been interpreted to justify race, class, and gender oppression as well as how oppressed communities are using the Bible to liberate themselves from such oppression. The final three chapters are devoted to a theological analysis of Christ, salvation, and reconciliation.
The theological perspectives introduced are limited to U.S. minorities (African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, women, and gays), making this text primarily an introduction to U.S. liberation theologies rather than third-world theologies. Helpful companion books would be Introducing Liberation Theology by Leonardo and Clodovis Boff (Latin American) or My Soul Looks Back by James Cone (African American).