Radical Theology + Liberation Theology = ???

Process theology and radical theology flirted at Subverting the Norm 2 in April. Will they get married? Maybe, but I doubt it. With Bultmanniac, I’m interested in the flirtations of radical and liberation theologies. He suggests that might happen over Christology:

Radical tradition doesn’t “do” anything (to embody Christ, necessarily).  And Liberation theology (and those from the non-white traditions) fail to adequately deal with its metaphysics (see this article from the Other Journal), which in my opinion replicate and perpetuate oppressive powers within their racial and ethnic spaces (i.e. strong patriarchy).

In the future, I’m not sure if there’ll ever be a theological friendship between Liberation and Radical, the way that was found between Process and Radical at Subverting the Norm 2.  Perhaps (intended), there can be one formed over Christology, a direction I believe and hope the Radical tradition is heading.

Read the rest: In Defense of a ‘Radical’ Christology | Rudimentary Bible.

  • Jeremy Griffin

    Not sure what it would equal. Liberation theology is using Marxist tools to social analysis to reform the structures of society. For Gustavo Gutierrez, to overcome sin (which he defines as a break in friendship with God and others), one must ultimately aim at the underneath, the structures, to fully reform sin in society. Similar to a Marxist, he, Boff and others, are seeking to change “those oppressive powers within their racial and ethnic spaces.” Has that happened? Well, it’s been said in Latin America that the theologians flocked to liberation theology, while the actual people flocked to Pentecostalism. That movement generally has a different praxis and eschatology than the contextual theology of liberation.

  • Drew Sumrall

    This is precisely what I attempt to do in the new book…Cone and Altizer: a winning team!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/ Tony Jones

      Okay, okay, I’ll read the draft you sent me! :-)


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