Posts Tagged ‘liberation theology’
On July 13, 2010, Glenn Beck made liberation theology—and especially Black Theology—the subject of his televised program. The real subject of his complaint was twofold: liberation theology is “a perversion of God” that mistakes Marxism for the plain meaning of the Gospels, which, for Beck, are self-evidently about individual salvation, and liberation theology does away with the language of merit, convincing the down-and-out that they are victims deserving of a handout instead of hard work. The inconsistencies of this message, along with Beck’s misreading and simplification of the various complex traditions of Christian liberation theology have not gone unnoticed in rebuttals and reprisals.
In The Zeleza Post, Wandia Njoya comments on the upcoming referendum on a new constitution in Kenya, where the Christian churches have sided with the opposition. She argues that the reasons given by churches for opposing the draft constitution are specious and, worse yet, sexist and racist; the churches’ stance evidences their failure to buck western evangelicalism and craft a liberating theology.