1971, Hugo Assmann writes Opresión-Liberación

Assmann, Hugo (Brazil), Opresión-Liberación: Desafío a los Cristianos. Montevideo: Tierra Nueva, 1971
“The contextual starting point of a ‘theology of liberation’ is the historical situation of domination experienced by the peoples of the Third World” (p. 50). A collection of several essays, the content of this book is also found in Teología desde la praxis de la liberaciónEnsayo teológico desde la América dependiente (Salamanca: Ediciones Sígueme, 1973) and in English in Theology for a Nomad Church (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1976). By the time of that English translation, Assmann had been forced out of Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile. The English Nomad Church back-cover describes the contents:

“Two-thirds of humanity live in brutalizing poverty. At least thirty million die each year of starvation, and millions more face daily the spectre of malnutrition and the diseases which it spawns. Unless Christian theology–even in the affluent and powerful countries–sinks its roots deep into realities like these, contends Assmann, then it will have little to say to anyone, anywhere, any more. Assmann, together with Gustavo Gutierrez and Juan Luis Segundo, is a major architect of the “theology of liberation,” which begins by asking: What can the Gospel, the Good News, possibly mean to a world scarred by hunger, illiteracy, and political repression? Pressing his point close, Assmann indicates that Christians are called to participate in the subversion of unjust law and institutionalized disorder. In so doing they will often be cast into the desert–a nomad Church founded by a wandering preacher put to death by the religious and political powers who understood him all too clearly.”

Ironically, one of the best online descriptions of the contents of Opresion-Liberacion: Desafio … is found on an Opus Dei website, detailing what they believe are liberation theologians’ heresies.

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