Liberation Theology and Marxism

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The fundamental principles of both Marxism and Christianity have withstood the onslaught of corruption and perversion by followers. In the case of Christianity, this strength in the face of the sweeping tide of historical change is especially impressive; millenia of attacks on the values and ethics from both opponents and supporters have failed to undermine the overriding positive aspects…

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By contrast, Marxism is an earthbound ideology, content to reward or punish those in the here and now based on their support of the ideals of fairness, equality and the distribution of wealth. Both Christianity and Marxism are fundamentally concerned with promoting the general welfare and improving the lives of the vast majority of the world's citizens, yet both have suffered as much damage to their credibility from followers as from opponents. The extreme and selfish proponents of these ideologies have severely undermined their cause through the organization of vast bureaucracies that leave precious little time for doing the real work of making lives easier. At the same time, both Christianity and Marxism have a long history of supressing dissident voices and violently repressing infidel movements. Marxist liberation theology as applied to Latin American countries that were systematically exploited first by and then for European, and later American, interests has long been viewed as an ideological threat to traditional Christian liberation theology. ...
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