In The Origins and Early Development of Liberation Theology in Latin America, Eddy Jose Muskus provides an academic analysis of the roots of liberation theology. Muskus argues that Bartolome de Las Casas’ sixteenth-century writings have been misinterpreted and misused by such liberation theologians as Gutiérrez to advocate theological agendas, and he challenges claims that the movement began with the Latin American poor, instead proposing that its fundamental tenets originated in Europe. He examines how liberation theology has exposed Catholicism’s shortcomings in providing a moral framework for Latin American society, but he also lays bare many of the movement’s tenets’ lack of biblical basis.
Muskus argues further that the writings of the sixteenth-century Bartolome de Las Casas have been misinterpreted and misused by liberation theologians such as Gutiérrez. Liberation theology has exposed the failure of Catholicism to provide a moral framework within the fabric of Latin American society. Also, contrary to the claims of liberation theology, Muskus argues that there is no biblical foundation for a preferential option for the poor.
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- Foreword by D. Eryl Davies
- Bibliographical references and indexes
- Title: The Origins and Early Development of Liberation Theology in Latin America
- Author: Eddy Jose Muskus
- Publisher: Paternoster
- Publication Date: 2003
- Pages: 296
About Eddy Jose Muskus
Eddy Jose Muskus received his PhD from the Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He is on the leadership team of La Parroquia Church in Valencia, Spain.