Liberation theology has been called the most significant theological development of the past generation, but, because of its Marxist leanings, it has lost some of its credibility in the light of the failure of Marxism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. However, the poverty and disparity in wealth which gave rise to liberation theology remain. The authors, while sympathizing with the concerns of liberation theologians, offer a different analysis of the major cause of poverty, based upon the work of the 19th-century American social reformer Henry George, who was at one time as well known as Marx. Advocates of his approach included Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Leo Tolstoy and Sun Yat-sen in China. As the authors point out, his approach was not unique: the Physiocrats in France proposed something similar before the French Revolution, and the economic theory which underpins the proposal is in accord with the work of the classical economists, especially David Ricardo, but, because he championed the cause of the poor so vigorously, the proposals are very much associated with Henry George's name. The authors explain how a major land reform can be achieved without confiscation of land, through a change in the tax system. This reform would also lay the foundation for more sustainable economic development while safeguarding the environment.
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The authors provide background on the rise of liberation theology, the legacy of colonialism, and various perceptions of the liberating goal. They then develop themes of idolatry, poverty, and suffering and the need for true liberation from them. They discuss what was wrong with Marxist liberation, and, in an especially perceptive chapter, how those in power remain in power. These themes lead into an analysis of Mosaic law's attempts at insuring justice and how to alter it to fit the 20th centu ry. The book is prophetic and vaguely hopeful on the practical level, while it provides important theological proposals to support post-Marxist liberation theology. Recommended for academic libraries.
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Descrizione libro Orbis Books, 1992. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0883447932
Descrizione libro Orbis Books, 1992. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110883447932