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Journal for Peace and Justice Studies

Volume 13, Issue 2, 2003

Rose Gorman
Pages 85-104

Latin American Liberationist Approaches to Nonviolence
Ellacuría, Sobrino, Boff

This paper argues that liberationist ethics can contribute method and content to religious discourse on peace and war. The christological grounding for this ethic forces us to take more seriously the will toward peace as capable of being progressively realized in the face of structural sin. Moreover, it seeks to address a Christian audience first that may then join others in prophetic denunciation of cultural attitudes that embody social sin by masking structural violence. Directives for state action may be modified through cultural actors; the state is not usually the immediate addressee. Liberationists move through the social to the political dimension, thus avoiding a tendency to absorb political functions.

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