Over the past 30 years both the theologies of liberation—be they Latin American, Feminist, Black, Latina or Asian—and the “Pentecostalization” of Christian denominations and independent churches have had an incredible influence upon the Christian religious landscape in the United States. In contrast, liberation theologies are often described as having lost ground and faded away, a perception that this course will examine critically. Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal churches seem to be the fastest growing religious movements across the globe. The course will examine the perceptions that Pentecostalism is an alternative to liberation theologies and/or its diametrical opposite. It will examine how both liberation theologies and Pentecostalism have been transformed, mutated, and revitalized by conservative and progressive churches. We will also examine the commonalities, differences, conflicts, and potentialities for social and political action found in liberation theologies and Pentecostalism.
- Professor: Sam Cruz