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Left-Wing Christians at Berkeley: Between the Theology of Liberation and Marxist Theories

Department of Historical Studies, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
Academic Editor: Daniel H. Levine
Religions 2021, 12(10), 880; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100880
Received: 24 September 2021 / Revised: 11 October 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
The 1960s were marked by profound political and cultural transformation and Berkeley was one of most deeply involved institutions. Though much has been written about the students’ movement, no research has stopped to consider the experience of the Berkeley Free Church, the subsequent publication of the journal Radical Religion and the constitution of the American Christians toward Socialism movement. The young people who were the key figures in this experience are an emblem of the Christians of the times, open as they were to ecumenical exchange and attentive to the problems of the poor and the socially excluded. The international and national context led them to progressively assume more radical positions, to use Marxism as a method for interpreting society’s “contradictions” and to seek a political dialogue with the world of the Left. This path of theoretical and political quest concluded in the 1980s, when a new wave of conservatism put an end to any hope of radically transforming Western societies. View Full-Text
Keywords: Berkeley Revolt; American Christians toward Socialism; Radical Religion journal; Berkeley Free Church; Christianity and Marxism Berkeley Revolt; American Christians toward Socialism; Radical Religion journal; Berkeley Free Church; Christianity and Marxism
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Saresella, D. Left-Wing Christians at Berkeley: Between the Theology of Liberation and Marxist Theories. Religions 2021, 12, 880. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100880

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Saresella D. Left-Wing Christians at Berkeley: Between the Theology of Liberation and Marxist Theories. Religions. 2021; 12(10):880. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100880

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Saresella, Daniela. 2021. "Left-Wing Christians at Berkeley: Between the Theology of Liberation and Marxist Theories" Religions 12, no. 10: 880. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100880

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