For many evangelicals, liberation theology seems a distant notion. Some might think it is antithetical to evangelicalism, while others simply may be unfamiliar with the role evangelicals have played in the development of liberation theologies and their profound effect on Latin American, African American, and other global subaltern Christian communities.

Despite the current rise in evangelicals focusing on justice work as an element of their faith, evangelical theologians have not adequately developed a theological foundation for this kind of activism. Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice fills this gap by bringing together the voices of academics, activists, and pastors to articulate evangelical liberation theologies from diverse perspectives. Through critical engagement, these contributors consider what liberation theology and evangelical tenets of faith have to offer one another.

Evangelical thinkers—including Soong-Chan Rah, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Robert Chao Romero, Paul Louis Metzger, and Alexia Salvatierra—survey the history and outlines of liberation theology and cover topics such as race, gender, region, body type, animal rights, and the importance of community. Scholars, students, and churches who seek to engage in reflection and action around issues of biblical justice will find here a unique and insightful resource. Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice opens a conversation for developing a specifically evangelical view of liberation that speaks to the critical justice issues of our time.


Introduction (Mae Elise Cannon and Andrea Smith)

Part 1: Liberation Methodologies
1. Centered Versus Bounded: Moving Beyond Divide-and-Conquer Strategies for Liberation (Paul Louis Metzger)
2. Evangelical Theologies of Liberation (Soong-Chan Rah)
3. Is It Time for a Womanist Theology of Reconciliation? (Chanequa Walker-Barnes)

Part 2: Engagement with Liberation Theology Movements
4. Toward a Perspective of "Brown Theology" (Robert Chao Romero)
5. Justicia Familiar: Misión Integral in the United States (Alexia Salvatierra)

Part 3: Rethinking Sin
6. A Born-Again Theology of Liberation (Andrea Smith)
7. The Groaning Creation: Animal Liberation and Evangelical Theology (Sarah Withrow King)
8. Holy and Acceptable: Liberation from Evangelical Fat-Shame (J. Nicole Morgan)
9. Liberation: Self and Community in Relationship (Terry LeBlanc and Jeanine LeBlanc)

Part 4: Theological Resources from the Margins
10. Lean In to Liberating Love: The Birth of Evangelical Theology of Liberation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Pablo A. Jiménez, and Emmett G. Price III)
11. Toward an Indian Liberation Theology for the Shudra and Dalit (Rajkumar Boaz Johnson)
12. Strange Freedom: Liberation for the Sake of Others (Mae Elise Cannon)

Part 5: Rethinking Our Evangelical Heritage
13. Liberating Barabbas: And the Things That Make for Peace (Drew G. I. Hart)
14. Jubilee, Pentecost, and Liberation: The Preferential Option of the Poor on the Apostolic Way (Amos Yong)
15. Sacramental Theology (Dominique DuBois Gilliard)

Contributor Biographies
Scripture Index


Mae Elise Cannon is an author, speaker, and advocate who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of the award-winning Social Justice Handbook and Just Spirituality, and coauthor of Forgive Us. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), and she has served as the senior director of advocacy and outreach for World Vision-US, the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church (Walnut Creek, California), and a consultant for Compassion International.

Cannon earned her doctorate in American history with a minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California—Davis, and she holds an MDiv From North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University.

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