A Clash of Ideologies: Marxism, Liberation Theology, and by Randall W. Reed

By Randall W. Reed

Marxism is without doubt one of the progressive social-scientific theories that has come to have a fashionable position in New testomony experiences within the usa. it's always mixed with liberation theology and utilized to apocalyptic texts. This e-book argues that the elemental presuppositions of those 3 ideological platforms are finally at odds with each other. The examine then strains the types of strikes students in New testomony reviews have made to beat this problem.

"'Theory is sort of a snowblower,' i used to be as soon as advised: 'it is helping to maneuver the stuff around'--for too lengthy this view has ruled our box, presuming that anything referred to as that means predates our instruments. A conflict of Ideologies argues for the choice: theories make the cloth major and the strategy each one conception drives comes with expenditures. If religious study is to be a part of the Human Sciences then this is often exactly the message its practitioners have to hear.
--Russell T. McCutcheon
University of Alabama

"Reed has exposed the unexamined assumption of biblical scholarship, specifically that the Bible holds the solutions to the social concerns confronting us within the twenty-first century. He does this by way of exposing the defective logics of a number of significant hermeneutical traditions of recent testomony scholarship that he calls 'ideologies.' This additionally serves as an excellent declaration of an historical swap within the purposes for the long-standing funding in religious study. The Bible can now not function the theological origin for ideological argumentation. It has now to be visible because the Christian fantasy with its personal frustrating social ideology."
--Burton Mack
Claremont Graduate collage, Emeritus

"By highlighting the elemental and irresolvable incompatibility among Marxist materialism and its designated view of faith, and any emancipatory initiatives rooted in religion--whether historic apocalypticism or sleek liberation theology--Reed's vital, well timed, and persuasive e-book establishes the ongoing or even improved salience of Marxist insights into and opinions of biblical texts. a great indictment of the too-common tendency in our box to recommend radical social transformation whereas retaining the transcendent authority of privileged biblical texts."
--William Arnal
University of Regina

"New testomony students have made use of social technology methods for greater than part a century. now not strangely, they've got usually performed so with a theological schedule in brain. Randy Reed, during this so much useful and astute severe examine, explores with a unique emphasis on Marxist theories how such marriages among theology and social conception have created inconsistencies and contradictions."
--Martin Riesebrodt
University of Chicago

Randall W. Reed is Assistant Professor of faith at Appalachian kingdom University.

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