From Richard Rohr


The term “liberation theology” has a negative connotation in the minds of some people. It sounds like something heretical, leftist, or Marxist, and certainly not “Biblical.” In fact, it is at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition and marks its very beginning. It is amazing that Christianity has been able to avoid the absolutely obvious for so long.

We see the beginnings of liberation theology as early as 1,200 years before Christ with the Exodus experience of the Jewish people. Something divine happened that allowed an enslaved group of Semitic people in Egypt to experience many levels of liberation from slavery to a “promised land.” The Exodus became both an external journey and an inner journey—the basic template and metaphor for the whole Bible. If the inner journey does not match and mirror the outer journey, we have no true liberation at all. Most groups choose just one side or the other; very few choose both. That is what liberation theology is honest enough to point out.


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