Emancipating Religion from Religion: Reflections on the Contribution of Karl Gaspar, CSSR
Randy J.C. Odchigue
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This article attempts to engage the thought and contributions of Karl Gaspar to theology, liberationist theatre and various areas of advocacy centered on the themes of human rights, ecology and indigenous religious experience. The article traces the methodological journey of Gaspar throughout his extensive oeuvre. The first part looks at his theological contributions using axiomatic themes of liberation theology. The second section is a reflection on Gaspar’s ideas on specific theological themes with specific emphasis on experience and praxis intertwined with ideas on church reform, integrity of creation, plight of the Lumads and religious creative expression through street theatre. The third segment is an active dialogical engagement where the author discusses the organic theology and methodology of Gaspar as an activist, social-anthropologist and playwright.

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