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Decolonial LoveSalvation in Colonial Modernity$
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Joseph Drexler-Dreis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823281886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823281886.001.0001

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Decolonial Openings in Theologies of Liberation

Decolonial Openings in Theologies of Liberation

(p.49) Chapter 3 Decolonial Openings in Theologies of Liberation
Decolonial Love

Joseph Drexler-Dreis

Fordham University Press

The third chapter considers how approaches to theological reflection within Latin American liberation theology might open up toward a decolonial project. It specifically focuses on how the work of the liberation theologians Ignacio Ellacuría and Jon Sobrino, unlike that of Clodovis Boff, points to the theoretical possibility of communities speaking theologically from epistemic loci located within the cracks of Western modernity. Ellacuría and Sobrino open up the methodological possibility to decolonize theological images and concepts, and in doing so, offer the possibility for theological reflection to decolonize social-historical structures. A decolonial option requires, but is also more than, a methodological shift that prioritizes the viewpoint of the poor as the starting point in theological reflection. Investigating how Ellacuría and Sobrino are able to open up the epistemic boundaries of theology is thus not an endpoint, but can provide a way forward for a decolonial theology.

Keywords:   Clodovis Boff, Christology, Ignacio Ellacuría, Gustavo Gutiérrez, historical reality, irruption of the poor, liberation theology, option for the poor, Jon Sobrino, theologal

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