A Preference for the Poor tells the story of Latin American Liberation Theology in a succinct and scholarly, yet readable way. Author Manfred Bahmann highlights the emphases of major Latin American liberation theologians; the rise of military dictatorships; the pope's course correction in his 1975 encyclica "Evangelii Nuntiandi," fleshed out at the 1979 Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) conference in Puebla; and the movement's decline with the collapse of world Marxism. Following a description of the phenomenal growth of Pentecostalism on the traditionally Roman Catholic continent, Dr. Bahmann posits a Protestant view of a new Liberation Theology built on a spiritual foundation for Christian believers within a world of global capitalism.
Manfred K. Bahmann holds a Ph.D. in Church History/Reformation Studies from the Hartford Seminary Foundation. He was Professor for Church History at the Protestant Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina and an observer at the Medellin Conference where Liberation Theology was conceived.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Back to Where It All Started Chapter 3 Bogota 1968: A Papal Visit and Its Consequences Chapter 4 Medellin 1968-Now the Bishops Speak Chapter 5 A Call to Repentance Chapter 6 Latin America Finds a Voice: J.L. Segundo: The Principle of Suspicion; J.P. Miranda: The Radical Love of the Bible; L. Boff: A Voice for the Voiceless; J. Sobrino: In the Footsteps of Jesus; E. Dussel: The Conqueror and the Conquered; Summary Chapter 7 The Revolution that Never Came Chapter 8 Roma Locuta Est Chapter 9 A Preferential Option for the Poor Chapter 10 What is Left? Chapter 11 Why Should We Care? Chapter 12 The Excluded Chapter 13 Faith that Moves Mountains: Origin and Growth of the Pentecostals; Seized by an Incomprehensible Force; The Word Creating Miracles; Work of the Spirit? Chapter 14 Responsibility-A Protestant Perspective: Living in Exile; The Two Realms; The Sore Point; The Priesthood of All Believers; The Ongoing Work of Creation Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 Author Biographical Sketch