Simphony in Latin American style: religion and politics in the Liberation Theology

Pavel Valentinovich Krylov, PhD in history, leading researcher, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History (Petrozavodskaya ulitsa, 7, Saint-Petersburg, 197110)

Krylov P. V. Simphony in Latin American style: religion and politics in the Liberation Theology, Religiya. Tserkov’. Obshchestvo. Issledovaniya i publikatsii po teologii i religii [Religion. Church. Society: Research and publications in the field of theology and religious studies], Saint-Petersburg, 2013, vol. 2, pp. 115–136.

DOI: 10.24411/2308-0698-2013-00014

Language: Russian

The author explores the political aspects of the Liberation Theology both in its theoretical and practical implementation with the activities and decisions of the Latin American leftist governments. Christian theology interpreted by liberation theologizes became one of the pillories for legitimatizing the socialist transformation of society and of the alterglobalist ideology, and subsequently a new official doctrine of some Latin American countries. The political rhetoric and views on the factual problems of Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, Fernando Lugo, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff are in accord with central postulates of the Theology of Liberation. On the other hand, the most famous theologians of the stream such as Leonardo Boff, Gustavo Gutierrez, Henrique Dussel and Frey Betto are involved into political life and even in electoral campaigns.

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Key words: Latin America, the Liberation Theology, liberationism, Hugo Chavez, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Henrique Dussel

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