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Liberation Theologies in the United States

An Introduction

Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Anthony Pinn, 0

Publication Year: 2010

“An extraordinary resource for understanding the vitality of liberation theologies and their relation to social transformation in the changing U.S. context. Written in an accessible and engaged way, this powerful and informative text will inspire beginners and scholars alike. I highly recommend it.”

Published by: NYU Press

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p. vii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. 1-14

From the initial movement of European explorers forward, the creation of what became the United States entailed the destruction and rearrangement of cultures and worldviews. The United States has always been a contested terrain, forged through often violent and destructive...

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1. Black Theology

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pp. 15-36

The history of the United States involves the interplay of religion and political developments at numerous levels. From the religious rationale for the slave trade and the projection of the North American colonies as a “city on a hill,” selected by God for political dominance and economic...

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2. Womanist Theology

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pp. 37-60

In her sermon titled “Has the Lord Spoken to Moses Only?” Pauli Murray raises critical questions pertinent to the womanist theological project: “Does the future of humanity depend upon how quickly . . . feminine principles can be incorporated into our religious life and thought? ...

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3. Latina Theology

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pp. 61-85

The significance and contribution of Latina theology becomes clear when read in light of the contentious histories of Latina/os in the Americas. No single historical narrative line exists for Latina/os, as the term serves as an umbrella representing many distinct groups of people,...

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4. Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology

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pp. 86-114

Even though it has existed alongside other theologies of liberation and alongside other forms of contextual religious discourse since at least 1975, Hispanic or Latino theology still remains unknown or undiscovered by many in the wider arena of theological and religious scholarship.1 ...

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5. Asian American Theology

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pp. 115-130

Asian American life is marked by memory of trauma and discrimination: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; the Immigration Act of 1924, including the Asian Exclusion Act; and the Japanese American Internment during World War II. Activism and liberation movements, such as the civil rights...

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6. Asian American Feminist Theology

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pp. 131-148

Asian American women’s theology is nascent and emerges in the aftermath of Christianity’s involvement in colonialism, which altered the spirit of Asian American women in many ways. This political and cultural configuration made these women deny their own traditions and...

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7. Native Feminist Theology

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pp. 149-167

While liberation theologies rooted in diverse communities of color have proliferated, the development of Native liberation theology, particularly Native women’s theology, has been a slow process.1 Nonetheless, Native women’s perspectives on spirituality and social justice...

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8. American Indian Theology

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pp. 168-180

American Indian peoples became Christian at moments of utter despair and in the face of huge trauma that devastated them.1 With the ever-present pressures of European colonialism on this continent, they turned to the very religion of their conqueror to find some sort of solace. ...

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9. Gay and Lesbian Theologies

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pp. 181-208

Early gay activism1 targeted the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association—resulting in removal of the diagnosis of homosexuality as a “sociopathic personality disturbance, sexual deviation” in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual II.2 ...

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10. Feminist Theology

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pp. 209-225

It was not until 1913 that “feminism” became a frequently used term in the United States. Originating in a French activist group in the 1880s, the label “feminist” migrated to the Americas through Britain. Until then, the activism of North American women had been identified as the...


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pp. 227-230


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pp. 231-246

E-ISBN-13: 9780814727935
E-ISBN-10: 081472793X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814727645
Print-ISBN-10: 0814727646

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 593239848
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Liberation Theologies in the United States

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  • United States -- Church history -- 21st century.
  • Liberation theology -- United States.
  • United States -- Church history -- 20th century.
  • Theology, Doctrinal -- United States.
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