Synopses & Reviews
Liberation theology is a school of Roman Catholic thought which teaches that a primary duty of the church must be to promote social and economic justice. In this book, Christian Smith explains how and why the liberation theology movement emerged and succeeded when and where it did.
About the Author
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers and Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Part One: Understanding the Liberation Theology Movement
1. A Brief History of the Liberation Theology Movement
2. What is Liberation Theology?
3. Theoretical Tools for Analysis
Part Two: The Emergence of a Movement
4. The Historical Context: 1930-1955
5. From the Creation of CELAM to Vatican II: 1955-1965
6. From Vatican II to Medellin: 1965-1968
7. Making Medellandiacute;n
8. From Medellandiacute;n to Sucre: 1968-1972
9. From Sucre to Puebla: 1972-1979
10. Liberation Theology since Puebla