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Réseaux missionnaires et théologie de la libération en Amérique latine (1960-1990): entre la conversion et la défiance au marxisme

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[, From the end of the 1960s, Liberation Theology in Latin America has been one of the most important demonstration of affinity between Marxism and some sectors of contemporary Christianity. Missions have played a major role at the basis of this ideological "conversion". The region's social and political context and solidarity among militancies also caused a radicalization of missionary networks. At the same time, the latter managed to reach the core of the religious institution, above all of the Catholic Church, to which they remained linked. The missions also related collective action with the transnational trajectories of the theological elites that promoted Liberation Theology. The genesis of these networks in the spirit of the Vatican II Council, provided a favorable environment for an opening to the world but without a negation of their Christian identity. In this perspective, their relationship with Marxism, less simple than it appears, oscillated between identification and suspicion. This article explores these ambiguities at the levels of both evolution of ideas and of social dynamics.]


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