February 11, 2006

Community

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

A while ago, on another blog, there was a discussion of Liberation Theology, which I believe has some of its roots buried in these lines of scripture. Liberation Theology is a kind of christian socialism that focuses on politics, social justice and human rights. It could most easily be seen in example in the Jesuit actions in Latin American in the 60s-70s, though it can be found elsewhere. It has fallen into disrepute in the catholic church of late, but the ideals on which it is based are still relevant ... basically, it's about how we treat each other and what's really important to us and how God informs us on these two points.


2 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Blogger david said...

I think we can learn a lot from the Libetation Theologians. And I think the way the Vatican silenced them -- especially the way Ratzinger - now Pope silenced them was atrocious.

I don't know they got everything just academic perfect. But their theology was rooted in seeing people die under oppressive conditions.

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger crystal said...

Hi David. It seems like a fear of Marxism colors a lot of anti-liberation theology views. But I don't think it really is about Marxism now, if it ever was. The new pope is a lot more conservative than I would have liked him to be, nit just on LT but on the issue of same sex attraction too. He did write kind of a nice letter, thoguh - Deus Caritas Est.

 

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