LUMINA Volume 24 No. 1

Liberation Theology, Violence and the Struggle for Social Change

by Etim E. Okon

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of violence in liberation struggle. This paper attempts to answer questions regarding the role of Christians and the Church in establishing social justice in human society and whether there is a place of the use of violence in this struggle. The study is anchored on the theoretical presuppositions of liberation theology where the focus is the emancipation of the poor masses from the grip of oppression, exploitation and de-humanization. The study concludes by arguing that in order to counter social injustice, what is needed is constructive and reasonable resistance to be exercised by a liberated Church.

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