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The World Come of AgeAn Intellectual History of Liberation Theology$
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Lilian Calles Barger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190695392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190695392.001.0001

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A Tenuous Consensus

A Tenuous Consensus

(p.219) 11 A Tenuous Consensus
The World Come of Age

Lilian Calles Barger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the differences within liberationists’ ranks, and how counter-challenges from a consensus theology in its last throes tested the coherency of liberation theology. As the new Latin American theology challenged the U.S. empire, black and feminist theologians within its borders found an institutional space in which to incubate a new orthodoxy and engage in internal debate. Latin America, historically an object of North American missionary and political expansion, drew the bulk of the relevant attention, casting the entire enterprise of liberation theology as a Latin American product and a problem for U.S. regional political and cultural dominance. The fragmented liberal theological establishment of the United States and the weakened Catholic cultural hegemony in Latin America shaped the reception of liberation theology, allowing the establishment of a new orthodoxy.

Keywords:   Chapter, consensus theology, American reception, critique, new orthodoxy, debate, theodicy, liberal theology

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