In this book Clodovis Boff rigorously and passionately erects the methodological scaffolding that is necessary to construct a true theology of the political, a true theology of liberation. Much of the book is devoted to clarifying and articulating the boundaries of the relationships among theology, the political, the social sciences, hermeneutics, and praxis. As an element of that constructive work, Boff carefully points out the past and present theoretical shortcomings of political theology and the theology of liberation. Thus the book fills a methodological void that has hampered the full development of a theology of the political, and it blazes a path beyond what the author calls the "first phase" of liberation theology.
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"Clodovis Boff's book is not a theology of liberation, or a political theology, or a theology of praxis. It is a critical reflection bearing on the epistemological presuppositions in terms of which any such theology, present or future, will indeed be theology-and not, for example, ideology or exhortation . . . The book is intended essentially as a search for correctness in theology . . . Clodovis Boff has carried this task to completion with a power and an excellence that will make this astoundingly well-researched work a landmark in theology, and no theologian, in any area, will ever be able to do without it." -from the Foreword by Adolphe Gesche
Clodovis Boff, OSM Robert R. Barr, S.J.
Clodovis Boff, born in 1944 in Concordia, Brazil, is a member of the Servite order and a professor at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo. He devotes part of his time to working with the poor of Brazil in basic Christian communities and to giving theological assistance to clergy.