Monday, January 6, 2014

Liberation Theology at 40: Some Resources

At the end of last year, a couple of compilations of articles were produced, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the publication of Gustavo Gutierrez's defining book A Theology of Liberation. We would like to share them with you, with a promise that some of the articles will be translated into English on this blog (I'm happy to prioritize the articles that are of greatest interest to the readers of this blog so if you have particular articles you would like to see translated, please send a comment).

1. VOICES: "Liberation Theology -- 40 Years Old"

This is a special multilingual edition of VOICES, the journal of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), Volume XXXV Nº 2013/4, October-December 2013. The edition also features a special tribute to the late Sri Lankan theologian Tissa Balasuriya. Articles on Liberation Theology are in the language of their titles and include:

  • Teologia da Libertação: de onde viemos e para onde vamos (Liberation theology: where we have come from and where we are going) by Luiz Carlos Susin, Brazil
  • A Teologia da Libertação e as transformações eclesiais pendentes (Liberation theology and pending church changes) by Antonio Jose de Almeida, Brazil
  • A Libertação desdobra-se em diálogo. Teologia da Libertação e diálogo inter-religioso (Liberation unfolds in dialogue: liberation Theology and interreligious dialogue) by Gilbraz De Souza Aragão, Brazil
  • Hacia una teología bolivariana de la Liberación / Para uma teología Bolivariana da Libertação (Towards a bolivarian liberation theology) by Marcelo Barros, Brazil
  • Tiempos oscuros, tiempos de monstruos (Dark times, times of monsters) by Luigi Schiavo, Costa Rica
  • Una nueva dimensión epistemológica de la Teología de la Liberación (A new epistemological dimension of liberation theology) by Sergio Néstor Osorio, Colombia
  • Teologia Afro (ou Negra) da Libertação (African (or Black) liberation theology) by Marcos Rodrigues da Silva, Brazil
  • Teologías de la Liberación Indígenas (Indigenous liberation theologies) by Roberto Tomichá, Bolivia
  • Teología Feminista Latinoamericana de la Liberación (Latin American feminist liberation theology) by Olga Consuelo Vélez Caro, Colombia
  • Teología de la Liberación y movimiento ecuménico (Liberation theology and the ecumenical movement) by Gullermo Kerber, Uruguay and Switzerland
  • Teología de la liberación y cristianismo mundial (Liberation theology and world Christianity) by Jorge E. Castillo Guerra, Netherlands and Panama
  • Teología de la Liberación en camino hacia nuevos paradigmas (Liberation theology on the way to new paradigms) by Jose María Vigil, Panama


HORIZONTE - "Dossiê: Teologia da Libertação 40 Anos: Balanço e Perspectivas" ("Liberation Theology at 40: Balance and Perspectives")

The October/December 2013 edition (Vol. 11, No. 32) of Horizonte, a theological journal published by the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Parenthetically, this journal also includes all the articles in the previously mentioned EATWOT publication. Again, articles are in the language of their titles. Contents include:


  • O perene desafio da Teologia da Libertação (The perennial challenge of liberation theology) by Leonardo Boff
  • Teologia em revisão crítica (Theology in critical review) by João Batista Libanio
  • Teología de la Liberación 40 años después. Balance y perspectivas (Theology of Liberation 40 years later: Balance and perspectives) by Victor Codina
  • À margem de uma comemoração: considerações sobre a TdL no seu quarentenário (On the sidelines of a celebration: considerations on liberation theology on its fortieth anniversary) by Sinivaldo Silva Tavares
  • A epistemologia e o método da Teologia da Libertação no pensamento de Clodovis Boff (The epistemology and method of liberation theology according to Clodovis Boff) by Agenor Brighenti
  • A teologia latino-americana diante do pluralismo religioso (Latin American theology in the face of religious pluralism) by Cláudio de Oliveira Ribeiro
  • “Eu ouvi os clamores do meu povo": o episcopado profético do Nordeste brasileiro ("I have heard the cries of my people”: prophetic bishops of the Brazilian northeast) by Iraneidson Santos Costa
  • O conceito de romanização do catolicismo brasileiro e a abordagem histórica da Teologia da Libertação (The concept of Romanization of Brazilian Catholicism and the historical approach of liberation theology) by Maurício de Aquino
  • A Cáritas brasileira e a Economia Popular Solidária: O Agente de Cáritas e a Caridade Libertadora (Brazilian Caritas and the Popular Solidarity Economy: The Caritas agency and liberating charity) by Joannes Paulus Silva Forte and Alicia Ferreira Gonçalves

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