What is Liberation Theology?
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Rd
Abstract: Few contemporary theological movements have generated as much controversy as liberation theology. Likewise, few theological movements have been as misunderstood or misrepresented by both critics and sympathizers. In this talk, Goizueta will suggest that, rooted in a “preferential option for the poor,” liberation theology is fundamentally the attempt to interpret the Scriptures and Christian tradition through the eyes of the marginalized. As such, it is rooted in a spirituality that safeguards the universality, mystery, transcendence, and utter gratuity of God’s love against all idolatrous attempts to identify God’s love with power and privilege.
Roberto Goizueta is the Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College, where he specializes in Liberation Theology and the intersections of theology and culture. Goizueta is known for his research and teaching on Christology, theology and culture, liberation theology and Latino/a theology. He is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. In 2012, he won the Yves Congar award for theological excellence. He is the author of the books Christ our Companion: Toward a Theological Aesthetics of Liberation (2009) and Caminemos con Jesús: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment (1995), which was honored by the Catholic Press Association. He has received honorary degrees from the University of San Francisco and Elms College. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in systematic theology from Marquette University and B.A. from Yale University.