Interpellatie in naam van de vrijheid | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



During the temptation in the desert Jesus shows He is free from the necessity to gather wealth, from the lust for power and from the inclination to act like God. This is the freedom Jesus bestows on the church.

When Christians act in this freedom the interest of the other person (seen as an irreplaceable individual created by God) is paramount. Ellul pleads for realism: idealism which blurs reality is a danger for every Christian who wants to act. Christians can support reality because they believe that Jesus Christ is Lord even over the darkest reality.

Christians may take part in revolutionary movements, but as soon as these movements make victims they must take sides with the latter. In a theology of liberation Christians should not try to tell the oppressed what to do, but they ought to help them to find their own way.


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