TH6604 - Liberation Theologies and their Use of the Bible


Liberation Theologies and their Use of the Bible


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Introduction to Liberation Theology

Liberation Theologies and Scripture

Liberationist Doctrines

Exegeting the Exodus and Jubilee

Hermeneutics and Latin American Liberation Theology

Hermeneutics and Feminist Theologies

Hermeneutics and Black African Theology

Hermeneutics and Asian Theologies (with particular attention to Dalit Theology)

Moltmann’s Theology of Hope

  • To build upon previous theological and hermeneutical studies at Levels 5 and 6 by means of a detailed examination of and critical engagement with the various forms of liberation theology, greatly enhancing students’ hermeneutical skills and theological understanding.
  • To trace the history, development, nature and current status of liberation theologies, highlighting, analysing and evaluating the wider theological and philosophical issues this discipline raises.
  • To explore, discuss, evaluate and critically appreciate why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to the emergence of various forms of liberation theology, together with an examination of their values and limitations.
  • To encourage students to utilise independent reasoning in their development of conclusions relating to their assessment of liberation theology.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.


  1. An ability to understand, analyse and evaluate cogently the different expressions of and issues relating to liberation theology, together with their methods and limitations.
  2. A capacity to discuss critically the wider philosophical dimensions and theological ramifications of liberation theology.
  3. A development of methodological and evaluative skills that enable students to understand how liberation theology is utilised. by some as a valid hermeneutical approach which offers fresh insight into the Bible.
  4. An ability to communicate the strengths and weaknesses of various expressions of liberation theology coherently, persuasively and in a theologically viable manner

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment 100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Aguilar, Mario (2007). The history and politics of Latin American theology. Three volumes. London: SCM.

Althaus-Reid, Marcella and Lisa Isherwood (2006). Controversies in feminist theology. London: SCM.

Althaus-Reid, Marcella, ed. (2006). Liberation theology and sexuality. London: Ashgate.

Cone, James H. (1990). A Black theology of liberation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Cone, James H. (1999). Speaking the truth: ecumenism, liberation, and Black theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Kee, Alistair (2006). The rise and demise of Black theology. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Miller, Ed L. and Stanley J. Grenz (1998). Fortress introduction to contemporary theologies. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Ormerod, Neil (1997). Introducing contemporary theologies : The what and the who of theology today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Rowland, Christopher, ed. (1999). The Cambridge companion to liberation theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Calvin Smith and David Cowan


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