By Michael Löwy
The battle of Gods lines the intimate courting among faith, politics and social concerns in Latin the United States during the last 3 a long time, as liberation theology has reinterpreted the vocation of the Catholic Church and as Protestantism has made inroads on conventional Catholic strongholds.
In the Nineteen Sixties liberation theology addressed itself to the issues of a continent racked by means of poverty and oppression. Comprising a community of localized groups and pastoral agencies, it quickly turned whatever even more than a doctrinal present. Liberationist Christianity outlined itself in a large number of social struggles, rather in Brazil and significant the USA. the various such a lot momentous occasions within the continent's fresh history—the Nicaraguan revolution, the advance of the PT (Workers' occasion) in Brazil, the tortuous ascent of President Aristide in Haiti and the rebellion in Chiapas—have borne witness to the impact of a particular liberationist Christianity. Michael Löwy proposes the following a brand new interpretation—inspired through the sociology of culture—both of liberation theology and of the rival non secular tasks in Latin the USA.
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G. 54 One can therefore summarize the position of liberationist Christianity towards technology as follows: it is an attitude not of categorical and principled rejection, but, rather, of pragmatic, cautious and critical distance, which contrasts 'strongly with the technological enthusiasm of Latin American elites (managers, technocrats, the military), of the modernizing intellectuals (of both rightist and leftist tendencies) and, of course, of the evangelical Churches, as well as certain conservative Catholic sectors grouped around the project Lumen 2000.
Even when its approach was critical, it had nothing to do with the traditional anathemas against 'atheistic Marxism, the diabolical enemy of Christian civilization' - phrases common in the speeches of military dictators from Videla to Pinochet. I mentioned earlier the historical conditions that have permitted this opening of Catholic culture to Marxist ideas. I should merely add here that Marxism, too, evolved in that period. There was the break-up of Stalinist monolithism in the wake of the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and the Sino-Soviet split.
Derences are less important than the Latin American ones: the Peruvian Jose Carlos lvlariategui, as the source LIBERA TIONIST CHRISTIANITY IN LA TIN AMERICA This discovery. of Marxism by progressive Christians and liberation theology was not a purely intellectual or academic process. The starting point for it was an unavoidable fact, a brutal mass reality in Latin America: poverty. For many socially concerned believers, Marxism was chosen because it appeared to be the most systematic, coherent and global explanation of the causes of this poverty, and the only sufficiently radical proposition for abolishing it.
The War of Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America by Michael Löwy