Grand Canyon University: HTH-469
09 Jan 2016
Liberation Theology Introduction
Liberation theology is a theological movement that attempts to merge theology and sociopolitical concerns together. There are many different themes that are associated with the liberation theology movement. Liberation theology roots are found in Latin America with Roman Catholic theologians that focused on Latin American social and political injustices. This essay will discuss three of the many themes of liberation theology. Black Liberation Theology, Latin American Liberation theology and Feminist Theology are all defined by their uniqueness and are instrumental in liberating those affected by social and political injustices. This essay will critique both the positive and negative of each of these liberation movements.
Black Liberation Theology
The Black liberation movement is unique to persons of African descent living in the United States. The roots of Black Liberation Theology can be traced from slavery to the social and political oppression (Olson, 1992). In the 1960s Black Liberation theology was at the center of the nation’s conscience in a quest to bring change to its political and social equality to a community within the nation that was not considered to be full citizens of the nation. Although there were many notable men and women that played major roles in the Black Liberation theology, Dr. Martin Luther King would be the at the forefront of the movement.
The Uniqueness of Black Liberation Theology
Black Liberation theology was both different and controversial in many ways. The theology was born out of the suffering and the oppression of people of the African descent. The major themes of the movement are founded in the needs of the community to have equality for all persons, justice and the triumph of the cause of the Black community and the present experience of frustration (Olson, 1992).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a...