Military Strength + Weapons Exports
One of the best known of ‘liberation theologians’. Following his academic studies at universities in Brazil and Germany, he was ordained a Franciscan priest with feet firmly rooted in basic community life. An authentic expression of the Christian gospel must start with the condition of the poor and powerless rather than the voice of institutional authority – church, state or wealthy establishment. This is the message of his Jesus Christ the Liberator and Church: Charism and Power. He was twice silenced by the church hierarchy for his seeming Marxism; he eventually chose the role of lay Christian from which to teach and communicate practical engagement with the need for social and political transformation, and earth-serving ecology.
Leonardo Boff - Culture of Peace (Spanish with English subtitles) (2 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvQ4D95ICn8
1909 - 1999
1921 - 1997
PHILOSOPHY, SOCIAL SCIENCE
Globally influential educationalist, best known for the priority he gives to individuals taking charge of their own learning and lives amidst the oppressive structures of society, through a transformative process described as ‘conscientization’. Much of his work based in Latin America, in the employ of both universities and UNESCO, and his ‘praxis’ approach to education was adopted by local Catholics in ‘base community’ education programmes. This subsequently led to his recognition by and involvement with the World Council of Churches.
A conversation with Paulo Freire (8 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFWjnkFypFA