Have any of you used google books? I have just come across it and thought it was a pretty useful tool for all of my research. Because I am researching the topic of Liberation Theology, I have found an interesting book called “The Political Theory of Liberation theology” by John R Pottenger. I found this book by googling “Liberation Theology” and “Process Theology” together. I hadn’t heard about “Process Theology” until I researched McLaren’s book “A New Christianity” which brought me to some critical reviews on amazon.
I thought I would try to post and embed the link from this online book that I am going through at the moment. So, if it does not work, [hmmmpppfff… it didn’t work so I have just given you the link in the books title above] I will just give you a run down on a chapter called “Praxis” which can be found on page 54.
Page 54 and forward is what I really want to sink my teeth into today, as mentioned above it’s all about praxis. It talks about how liberation theologians can only really understand a one world realm and do not accept a dualistic one. And this one world realm includes and manifests both the transcendent and immanent world at the same time.
It also says that the Church instead of acting as a change agent in this world, instead pacifies the current political status quo. [ my thoughts on this is the following: I am thinking of McLaren and many like him who live in the west who I would assume to be middle class. In which case the status quo, according to liberation theologians, should be challenging a capitalist society and private ownership in favour of big government. Big government would hope to adhere to a version of biblical social justice if Restorationists and Dominionists had their way. Working out what biblical social justice is and is not is debateable in a multi-cultural and politically correct climate.]
It says the Church has elevated individual salvation and justice in the next life as opposed to bringing it to earth via a modus operandi in an already functioning system. I am pretty sure that would be economic, political and religious. [watch a small clip HERE to find out more about this three legged stool]
Liberation theology since it does not adhere to dualism sees that political liberation is understood as an aspect of eschatological liberation. And that becomes the pretext for modern Christians to plunge into the complex and conflict-ridden world of the poor. As a consequence, this type of thinking rightly and naturally flows into a revolutionary vision…
It goes on to say that a radical Christian who sees their role as subversive must call for nothing less than permanent revolution is all areas of life.
Phew, that is what I learnt today … the next chapter then follows onto hermeneutics.