Liberation Theology Thesis

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Liberation theology has a deep history through Latin America in which it “was born when faith confronted the injustice done to the poor” (Boff & Boff, pg. 3). Liberation Theology is a vital theological perspective for our time. Liberation theology is designed so that the poor can be set free. Liberation means liberation from oppression (Boff & Boff, pg. 24). That means being liberated in societal norms that oppress certain communities. For the purpose of this paper, the oppressed will often be noted as black women. Because of social oppression, black women have taken a toll on being socially oppressed based off their race, ethnicity and sexuality. These women are degraded through societal norms and the way that our culture treats them as women. …show more content…
This paper will bring in the practical liberation by encouraging new thoughts into theology and how we view it in this course and country. We need to care for the women who are impoverished, these women are in need of our help society has been designed to keep them down. These women are the single mothers, they active church leaders, the overtime workers, and the one is striving to receive an education. They are the unheard of stars in the United States that continue to shine despite the obstacles systemically placed before them since their ancestors were shipped to the United States to not succeed. As black women stick together, when one black woman succeeds, she should help others as well. This can be viewed as mentorship. Scripture supports this idea of mentoring women through Titus 2, when it is encouraged that women be teachers to young women. When black women find a way to overcome the obstacles set before them they create an environment in which they are not able to succeed, it is helpful to others to show them how to overcome the same obstacles (Gray). That is also a method to love others. By caring for them and helping them, we love them as Jesus called us to do. (Boff & …show more content…
Cone writes in his book about the constant battle that blacks face in the United States. The idea of black liberation theology is so that blacks have a place of worship to be liberated of societal oppression. The church for many became a place for liberation to occur. Black theology was also created so that blacks could see Christ, God, and their faith through the lenses of their own black community. Through this, God would be anti the oppressor and pro freedom. Black theology would create God to be a liberating Being. This idea is not far from scriptural accuracy. God is a jealous God and a God who frees those held in captivity. Examples of this type of liberation include Hagar being freed from slavery of Sarah, the Exodus, and the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ, who died to free everyone from their own sins. James Cone’s theology was also accurate, in which our perception becomes the reality of our own beliefs. Cone stated, “There is nothing special about the English word ‘God’ in itself. What is important is the dimension of reality to which it points. The word ‘God’ is a symbol that opens up depths of reality in the world. If the symbol loss its power to point to the meaning of black liberation, then we must destroy it. Black theology asks whether the word ‘God’ has lost its liberating power” (Cone, pg. 61). How we interpret God is so deeply

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