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Author Leah Drapkin
Title Latin American Liberation Theology: Did it Liberate? The Emergence and Development of Latin American Liberation Theology, Its Ability to Liberate, & Its Future
Department International Relations
Advisor Jerry Pankhurst
Year 2010
Honors University Honors
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Abstract Liberation theology has now developed and evolved in Latin American for over four decades. It has had much influence in the events of the region and has moved thousands of people to let their voices be heard for a cause: the liberation of the poor and oppressed from unjust political, economic, and social subjugation. Despite this development, influence, and inspiration, the people of Latin America continue to struggle and have yet to be liberated like the children of Israel whom they strive to emulate. Struggles have not come to an end, and the ideal of liberation of the poor at the center of liberation theology has not been attained. Liberation theology responded to the real needs of the people and provided a reason to have hope and a source of inspiration. It encouraged community action for the first time and offered an opportunity to voice opinions and needs. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first time that the Catholic Church took on these real issues in any form. A lot has been learned from liberation theology, and it must continue to evolve. It is likely that Marxism's influence will continue to decrease, spirituality will become of greater focus and importance, and Protestant communities will continue to grow.

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