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A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas
Author: Michelle A. Gonzalez

ISBN: 9781479853069
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 3 July 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2 x 2.0

A Critical Introduction to Religion inthe Americas arguesthat we cannot understand religion in the Americas without understanding itsmarginalized communities. Despite frequently voiced doubts among religiousstudies scholars, it makes the case that theology, and particularly liberationtheology, is still useful, but it must be reframed to attend to the ways inwhich religion is actually experienced on the ground. That is, a liberationtheology that assumes a need to work on behalf of the poor can seem out oftouch with a population experiencing huge Pentecostal and Charismatic growth,where the focus is not on inequality or social action but on individualrelationships with the divine.

Bydrawing on a combination of historical and ethnographic sources, this volume providesa basic introduction to the study of religion and theology in the Latino/a,Black, and Latin American contexts, and then shows how theology can be reframedto better speak to the concerns of both religious studies and the real peoplethe theologians' work is meant to represent. Informed bythe dialogue partners explored throughout the tex...

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