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    Ivan Petrella(Author)

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There is a notion amongst some academics that Latin American Liberation Theology has had its day, a dream killed off by the Nicaraguan and Salvadoran revolutions, the 1989 demise of socialism and the "end of history" claims of the champions of capitalism. However in this book Petrella proves this to be an ill-conceived notion, and shows that this theology can be reinvented to bring its preferential option for the poor into the real world. The actualisation of historical projects is possible by adopting the methods developed by the Brazilian champion of critical legal studies, Robert Unger. Doing so will entail the rejection of these theologians' unitary concepts of a despised and rejected capitalism and a canonized and accepted socialism. Petrella argues for a reconstruction of these concepts and those of democracy and property too. He closely analyses the differences in democracy and capitalism as practised across the USA and Europe in support for the reconstruction of these concepts bringing about far-reaching suggestions for the future of liberation theology.

Prize: Winner of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2005 'The work enjoys, in my view, three very important qualities. First, it is the first work of its kind, one that many of us have been waiting for: a synthesis of the changes undergone by liberation theology (LT) since the fall of the Berlin Wall. I have no doubt that on this strength alone the book will be well-ordered for course syllabi. Second, the analysis is substantial: the author is clearly on the right track when he argues that since the fall of socialism LT has been struggling to locate a new historical project. And third, the book is persuasive: elegant, clear, without a trace of jargon. The author is clearly seeking to communicate effectively with his audience. On these counts, I am delighted to see this book come into print.' John Burdick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University, USA 'While this is not the first or even the last word on liberation theology, it is well worth reading and deserves to be widely read, as, unerringly, its author manages to comprehend, sympathize with, and analyse the predicament of liberation theology since the fall of the Berlin wall... This original book, so sympathetic to liberation theology and its goals, deserves a wide readership...' Christopher Rowland in Theology 'This is an excellent book...Highly recommended...' Choice 'Petrella's thesis deserves to be widely debated.' Reviews in Religion and Theology 'This book is a worthwhile, interesting, and persuasive examination of liberation theology in the past, present and future.' Religious Studies Review 'Petrella's book will be interesting to anyone who would like a critical assessment of the future of liberation theology.' Review and Expositor --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 188 pages
  • Ivan Petrella(Author)
  • SCM Press (28 Jun. 2006)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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