What is liberation theology?


I have head the term liberation theology a lot in the past few days and I am wondering what it is.

Liberation theology began in the late-1960s and was a theological movement, particularly in Latin America, that emphasized that the gospel was a means of liberating the poor and downtrodden from their earthly poverty and oppression, with little or no emphasis on spiritual liberation from sin. The main problem with this approach to the gospel is that while Jesus had concern for the poor and distributed alms to them (cf. John 13:29), he was much more concerned about the spiritual welfare of all mankind, whom he had come to save from sin, not from destitution.

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