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The Theology of the Cross and Marx's Anthropology

A View from the Caribbean

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Winston D. Persaud

This is a fascinating, major articulation of a contemporary theology of the cross in response to the soteriological challenge of Karl Marx's anthropological Weltanschauung. The author focuses primarily on the much neglected «Early Writings» (1844 Manuscripts), in which Marx himself provides a necessary humanistic critique of «official» Marxism. The theology of the cross, which the author articulates, is centered in Luther's theologia crucis, Moltmann's «crucified God» and Latin American (liberation) theology's «divine identification and solidarity with the poor and the oppressed». Specifically, the context of the work is the Caribbean and the Americas.