Dialectic of Salvation
Issues in Theology of Liberation
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This book provides a detailed examination of the central philosophical and theological themes of liberation theology. It covers the role of history and praxis, the dialectics of salvation and liberation, the concept of social and personal sin, Marxism, and the anthropology of concrete totality as the basis of theology.
Dialectic of Salvation is issue oriented, coming to grips with the many criticisms of liberation theology—the criticisms of the Vatican, Schubert Ogden, and Dennis McCann. The critics are answered through a thorough analysis of the issues involved and a detailed presentation of the position of liberation theology.
The book presents the first substantial discussion between the Vatican and liberation theology. It analyzes the Vatican's own theology of freedom and its social doctrine of liberation, focusing on its anthropological assumptions, and shows that the present conflict between the two parties is a conflict between two radically opposed horizons and modes of thinking, between the personalist and the dialectical.
Min provides a Hegelian interpretation of liberation, arguing that it is the first theology to take the Hegelian-Marxian heritage seriously in the context of contemporary theology.
Anselm Kyongsuk Min is Professor of Philosophy at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina.