Marx and Liberation Theology

Alistair Kee, “Beyond Liberation Theology”


Chapter 11: Marx and the Failure of Liberation Theology


Marx’s 3 criticisms of religion:

1) Religion is an opiate for the poor

2) Religion is an inversion of reality

3) Religion is an ideology in favor of the rich


Kee’s 3 criticisms of Liberation Theology:

1) Liberation theology is not Marxist enough, only makes selective use of Marx’s thought, ignores the 2nd criticism of religion

2) Liberation theology has an unqualified embrace of ‘peasant theology’

3) Liberation theology fails the very people it means to liberate


Kee’s Argument:


Chapter 12: Religion in the Next Epoch

Kee’s argument:



Is this an implicit argument for globalization?