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Will It Liberate? Questions About Liberation Theology
Will It Liberate? Questions About Liberation Theology
By Michael Novak
Paulist Press, 1986, 311 pp

A noted Catholic writer assembles here 11 chapters detailing the history and analysis of liberation theology, dependency theory and socialism. To counter these erroneous dogmas, he posits the creative and uplifting merits of three varieties of liberty: moral-cultural, political and civil, and economic. His stance is highly critical, but moderate and urbane. A key argument: "The absorption of all of life by politics, and of politics by the state, is the Achilles' heel of existing socialist regimes. The separation of systems, the separation of powers-in short, the hard-won lessons of liberal societies-do in fact achieve such splendid liberations as humanity has ever yet achieved."