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José Martí's Liberative Political Theology

Miguel De La Torre (author)

ISBN: 9780826501677

Publication Date: May 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Argues that Martí's religious views, which at first glance might appear outdated and irrelevant, are actually critical to understanding his social vision. Miguel De La Torre has authored the most comprehensive text written thus far concerning Martí's religious views and how they impacted his political thought.
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JosÉ MartÍ's Liberative Political Theology argues that MartÍ's religious views, which at first glance might appear outdated and irrelevant, are actually critical to understanding his social vision. During a time where the predominate philosophical view was materialistic (Darwin, Marx) MartÍ sought to reconcile social and political trends with the metaphysical, believing that ignoring the spiritual would create a soulless approach toward achieving a liberative society. As such, MartÍ used religious concepts and ideas as a tool that could bring forth a more just social order. In short, this book argues MartÍ could be considered a precursor to what would come to be called, Liberation Theology.

Miguel De La Torre has authored the most comprehensive text written thus far concerning MartÍ's religious views and how they impacted his political thought. The few similar texts that exist are written in Spanish; and among those, mainly romanticize MartÍ's spirituality in an attempt of portraying him as a 'Christian believer.' Only a handful provide an academic investigation of MartÍ's theological thought based solely on his writings, and those concentrate on just one aspect of MartÍ's religious influences. JosÉ MartÍ's Liberative Political Theology allows for mutual influence between MartÍ's political and religious views rather than assuming one had precedence over the other.

Pages 400
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2021
Publisher Vanderbilt University Press
Subject/s Social & political philosophy   Regional & national history   Literary companions   Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology   Biography & True Stories   Theology  
  • Preface
  • Notes Concerning Translation
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1:A Catholic Spiritual Foundation
  • Physical-Metaphysical Divide
  • First Spiritual Utterances
  • MartÍ's Religiosity
  • Catholicism
  • Catholic Influences
  • Bishop Espada and Father AgustÍn Caballero
  • Fathers Varela and de la Luz
  • La Santa Biblia
  • Chapter 2:Apostle to a New Religion
  • A Positivist Age
  • La Nueva ReligiÓn
  • La Nueva Iglesia
  • Protestantism
  • Krausismo
  • Masonic Influences
  • Chapter 3: Pluralist Spiritual Foundation
  • Spiritualism
  • Unitarianism and Transcendentalism
  • Eastern Traditions
  • African Traditions
  • Indigenous Traditions
  • Judaism
  • Liberative Christian Humanism
  • Chapter 4: Precursor to Liberation Theology
  • Liberation Theology
  • Liberative Message of Love
  • Violence
  • Establishing Justice
  • Solidarity with the Oppressed
  • Praxis
  • Raising Consciousness
  • Chapter 5: Theological Assumptions
  • God
  • Humans
  • Jesucristo
  • Aesthetics
  • Sin
  • Suffering and Martyrdom
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Miguel A. De La Torre is a professor of social ethics and Latinx studies at ILIFF School of Theology-Denver.

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