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From Richard Beck: the Psalms as Liberation Theology


I first came across Richard Beck on a blogpost by Rachel Held Evans, and whenever I get the chance I pop back to his website for more reading.

Imagine my delight, then, when I came across this post from last month on the Psalms as Liberation Theology. I think he is on to something here, and certainly my own year of studying the Psalms and writing poems in response took me time and time again to the challenging question, Who (or what) is my enemy? It is one of those questions (like all good questions) that, if you answer it too quickly, you will miss all life-changing truth God is offering.

What I mostly love about this post from Beck is that it is an honest reading of the psalms — not an apologetic one but an intensely personal one — because once you have identified your enemy(ies), the real question becomes, What will you do next?

Take a read … I’d love to hear your thoughts!



Author: karen d

Thinker, Dreamer, Traveler. Recovering Pharisee.

2 thoughts on “From Richard Beck: the Psalms as Liberation Theology

  1. Great comment Roxy! You should go post it over on his site too! I think he’s a pretty smart and thoughtful guy, but that doesn’t mean he’s not writing at least in this piece from a Western perspective. I have paid so little attention (sadly) to what is happening in South America on the political front — i’m able to keep up with the headlines but that’s about it, and usually that’s about 3% of the real situation as you know. Thanks for the education! I’lm going to re-read Beck’s piece with your question in mind.


  2. This was an important and neat discussion. I will be looking at this blog more as well :-). I do wonder if the author knows (and I assume he does–??) what a weighted, political term “liberation theology” is and what it means around the world. I have found that here in the States we think of liberation theology as being exactly what it truly is and should be: God freeing one in bondage and blessing and sustaining (a very key word here, as God provides for us daily and promises nothing more save as He wishes to bless) him or her both spiritually and materially. However, using an already established, baggage-and-connotation-filled term perhaps indicates a need for further revision or examination. Imagine if I used the term “existentialist” in a written piece when what I was referring to was personal, individual responsibility. Existentialism, of course, carries, well, a whole lot more to it than that. I wonder if Beck realizes that Liberation Theology as a movement in developing countries (like Brazil and Venezuela) is little more than an agenda-filled, heretical debacle of a movement that has duped so many into thinking that, well, if I get to know this Jesus guy, then I get to not be poor anymore. In fact, I have a RIGHT to not be poor anymore and so anyone with money had better be prepared (sound familiar, ahem, hammer and sickle). It is a mish-mash of religio-political rhetoric used by the left for their own purposes and has led MANY people away from the true Gospel. Saw much devastation caused by it in Brazil.


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