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For many years now, I have been crisscrossing the disciplines of religious studies and theology. As an undergraduate in a department of religion, I was exposed to the approaches and methods of Religionswissenschat, or “the scientiic study of religion,” yet I also fell in love with liberation theology, which I discovered through two courses in politics. I was drawn to liberation theology’s critique of structural sin and its attention to the fullness of life in the here-and-now. Under the mentorship of a philosopher (Cornel West) and an historian of religion (David Carrasco), I wrote an undergraduate senior thesis on the realized eschatology of Archbishop Oscar Romero. All of this goes to say that my early engagement with liberation theology was colored by the insights of a variety of scholarly disciplines (namely, religious studies, politics, and philosophy) that are not, properly speaking, theology.


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