Latin American Liberation Theology and Postcolonial Studies

Overview, Assessment, and Suggestions on ‘Liberation’ from a Liberationist-Postcolonial Standpoint

In: Religion and Theology
Roberto Puggioni
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This paper argues in favour of the need of a continuous decolonisation and contextualisation of theology. Global capitalism, modernity, and the persistent colonial attitudes of the Western world are the phenomena in which to frame the presence of striking inequalities among and within countries. By assuming a liberationist standpoint, the analysis points at the convergence in methods and scopes of the Western postcolonial thought and the Latin American Christian theology of liberation for an effective decolonisation of theology. Liberation, with all its implications, becomes the key term through which to understand this relationship.

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