José Martí's Liberative Political Theology
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Jos Mart 's Liberative Political Theology argues that Mart 's religious views, which at first glance might appear outdated and irrelevant, are actually critical to understanding his social vision. During a time in which the predominant philosophical view was materialistic (e.g., Darwin, Marx), Mart sought to reconcile social and political trends with the metaphysical, believing that ignoring the spiritual would create a soulless approach toward achieving a liberative society. As such, Mart used religious concepts and ideas as tools that could bring forth a more just social order. In short, this book argues Mart could be considered a precursor to what would come to be called liberation theology. Miguel De La Torre has authored the most comprehensive text written thus far concerning Mart 's religious views and how they affected his political thought. The few similar texts that exist are written in Spanish, and most of them romanticize Mart 's spirituality in an attempt to portray him as a "Christian believer." Only a handful provide an academic investigation of Mart 's theological thought based solely on his writings, and those concentrate on just one aspect of Mart 's religious influences. Jos Mart 's Liberative Political Theology allows for mutual influence between Mart 's political and religious views, rather than assuming one had precedence over the other.
Vanderbilt University Press, 9780826501677, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2021
About the Author
Miguel A. De La Torre is a professor of social ethics and Latinx studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.