Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Liberation Theology: A Critique

I've published a short treatise in the Amazon Kindle Store: Liberation Theology: A Critique.

Here's an excerpt:

Much of traditional theology is individual focused. It is concerned with an individual’s relationship with the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It focuses on strengthening this relationship so that a person’s life is transformed and he or she becomes more Christ-like. Most Christian theology recognizes the inability of a Christian to become fully perfect before death, but it also recognizes the responsibility to strive for perfection and to live out the teachings of Jesus.

Sometimes, traditional theology neglects to deal with the sinfulness of the structures in which we live.
Corporate responsibility is shoved to the back-burner and dealt with in secondary fashion if at all.

Liberation theology offers a very strong corrective to this as it tends to focus more on corporate responsibility and corporate sin. It challenges the ways and means in which we order ourselves as human beings. It points out the sinfulness and injustice created by economic systems and governments. It challenges the Church to speak and act in a manner consistent with the teachings of Jesus and the prophets to confront the sin perpetrated by governments and economic systems in the world.

Liberation theology has offered some important challenges to traditional theology, and in all three cases outlined above, it has offered some positive contributions to Christianity. Yet, the movement is not above reproach. There are some very real concerns I have with liberation theology, and since I have not come across too many meaningful critiques, I offer the following.
Chapter 1: The Danger of Starting with Human Experience


Kathy said...

Kevin -- I know you have been busy. I just wanted to say one thing. At Barry I was in a class with Jorge Presmanes -- he has written a lot about L.T. You are right to question it. My discussions with Presmanes were one of the things that got me kicked out of Barry. With every passing day I am more and more proud of that distinction.

One thing: You must understand Luther's "anthropology." He believed man did not have completely free will. This is heresy. Whether you or I become perfect in this life is another matter. You won't get anywhere until you understand this.

The "Church" is divided, thanks to Luther. As a Lutheran, you cannot speak of the Church as if it were united. That is not right.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin

I found your little booklet on Amazon, and I think you hit the nail on the head.

Liberation theologians are quite open about their Marxist methodology: What you call "the world's dichotomies" is a actually Marxist historical analysis. Which has failed. And has lead to the atrocities you allude to in your tract.

I would like to ask your permission to distribute about 15 copies of the ebook to members of our congregation. Liberation Theology is a pertinent problem with us at the moment.


Wynand (

Kevin Haug said...

Permission granted. Thank you for reading!!