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The Hope of Liberation in World Religions
Edited by Miguel A. De La Torre
Liberation theology emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed. As a part of Christian theology, liberation theology has been most frequently associated with the Catholic Church in Latin America. This groundbreaking work seeks to identify how the theological concepts of liberation theology might be manifested within other world faith traditions.
This is thus the first book that attempts to find a "common ground" for liberation theology across religions. All of the contributors are scholars who share the religion or belief system they describe. Throughout, they endeavor to articulate liberationist concepts from the perspective of those who have been marginalized.
This is thus the first book that attempts to find a “common ground” for liberation theology across religions. All of the contributors are scholars who share the religion or belief system they describe. Throughout, they endeavor to articulate liberationist concepts from the perspective of those who have been marginalized.
Introduction, Miguel A De La Torre
1. Catholicism, Rosemary Ruether
2. Protestantism, Joerg Rieger
3. Humanism, Tony B. Pinn
4. Judaism, Marc H. Ellis
5. Islam, Irfan A. Omar
6. Hinduism, Anant Rambachan
7. Buddhism, Tavivat Puntarigvivat
8. Zen Buddhism, Ruben L.F. Habito
9. Confucianism and Daoism, Wan-Li Ho
10. Minjung (Korean), Hee An Choi
11. African Traditional Religions, Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha
12. Orisha Traditions in the West, Dianne M. Stewart
13. Native North American Religions, Tink Tinker
Epilogue, Miguel A. De La Torre
List of Contributors
"[This volume] clearly demonstrates the necessity of moving interreligious dialogue into a liberationist context, where the experiences of the oppressed constitute the starting point for the dialogue."
—John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., of Catholic Theological Union, Journal of Ecumenical Studies (2011, 46:1)
This book opens a new chapter in the solidarity of diverse religions beyond religions, emphasizing the importance of interreligous orthopraxis over loyalties to religious orthodoxy.
—Andrew Sung Park, United Theological Seminary
Bold in its assertions and in its challenges, this book is much more than a collection of essays on an important topic. It provides a unique glimpse into the impact of modern-day neo-liberal capitalism in various religious, cultural, and social settings—and how various religious traditions are responding to the challenges posed by globalization and neo-liberal capitalism. Furthermore, it will serve as a call to a renewed interreligious dialogue, not now limited to comparing doctrines and rituals, but rather focusing on a common pain and a shared hope.
—Justo González, author of The History of Christianity
Miguel A. De La Torre (Ph.D. Temple University) is Associate-Professor of Social Ethics & Director of the Justice and Peace Institute at Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of Liberating Jonah: Toward a Biblical Ethics of Reconciliation (Orbis Books), A Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality (Jossey-Bass), and is the series editor for the twelve-volume New Perspectives in Latino/a Religion (Baylor University Press).