In this remarkable labor of synthesis and explanation, Lilian Calles Barger does the difficult work of translating a theological project into a historical narrative. The World Come of Age is truly hemispheric in scope, tracing the intellectual trajectory of Latin American liberation theology in relation to two other distinctly American strands of liberationist religious thought: black and feminist theology. Barger works adeptly with a stunning range of thinkers, anchoring her analysis in the writings of Peruvian theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez, black theologian James Cone, and feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether. In placing these three intellectual projects in a single interpretive frame, Barger traces a trajectory of thought that transcends the normative interpretive boundaries between Protestant and Catholic, the United States and Latin America. At the same time, each movement is meticulously contextualized in relation to its particular historical and intellectual setting.

Barger discovers...

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