The Global Legacy
Edited By Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley
Chapter Eight: Paulo Freire’s Prophetic Voice at the Intersection of Liberation Pedagogy and Liberation Theology
Paulo Freire’s Prophetic Voice at the Intersection of Liberation Pedagogy and Liberation Theology
DÉBORA B. A. JUNKER
This chapter proposes a brief review of the contributions of Freire’s educational philosophy within the religious field by showing how his faith-based vision was influential for the emergence of liberation thoughts, which included the embryonic liberation theology of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Latin America. More specifically, it analyzes how religious groups, informed by Freire’s teachings, started to reject practices and religious discourses that legitimized the subjugation and exploitation of marginalized people in order to reclaim the prophetic role of education in those settings. In addition, this chapter indicates how men and women, inspired by his ideas, began to realize that their struggles were not simply results of fate or divine will, but consequences of a patriarchal and colonialist mentality materialized in situations of oppression. It concludes that Freire was a fundamental agent in the transformative process that took place in the context of Latin American Christian churches. His inspiring presence influenced a whole generation and still influences present generations. The prophetic vision of Freire has guided the path of those who understand education as an act of love and believe that a world “more just and less ugly” is possible. ← 145 | 146 →
Paulo Freire—A Man of His Culture
Known as one of the most important philosophers of education in the twentieth century, Paulo...
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