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Liberation Theology
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[German Version]

I. Church History – II. Systematics

I. Church History

1. Latin America, Africa, and Asia

a. The birth of liberation theology is usually dated to 1971, when Gutiérrez published his Teologia de la liberación, or 1968, the year of the second Latin American Catholic Bishops' Conference in Medellín, Colombia. The two events represented the culmination of a process that had been underway in Latin America since the 1950s: the spread of the base community movements, which were working for social, political…

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Altmann, Walter, Marty, Martin E., Mourkojannis, Daniel and Westhelle, Vítor, “Liberation Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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