Latin American Theology of Liberation and Biocultural Conservation

  • Roy H. MayJr.
  • Janet W. May
Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 3)


The theology of liberation emerged specifically as a theology for Latin America. It broke with ages-old ways of doing and being by giving voice and visibility to the poor and indigenous people long silenced and made invisible by official doctrine and ecclesiology. Cultural identity and diversity underlie the theology of liberation, first by articulating the geographical (and therefore sociopolitical) context for doing this theology and then by planting the subject as the central axis for reflection. As a consequence, it has stimulated theological, liturgical, and artistic expressions reflecting diverse racial and ethnic and other social contexts, thereby breaking the homogenizing mold of traditional church doctrine and Christian thought. Cultural aesthetics, particularly as an expression of the spirituality of liberation, has been embodied in liturgies, hymnody, poetry, and visual arts. These art forms protest against injustice, reinforce resistance, and project hope. This theology is a force for cultural diversity and local respect in an ever-increasingly homogenized world order.


Liturgy Hymnody and coritos Literature Visual arts Local aesthetics Theological diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy H. MayJr.
    • 1
  • Janet W. May
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento Ecuménico de InvestigacionesSan JoséCosta Rica

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