Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Religious Studies Dept.


Debra Campbell

Second Advisor

Douglas Archibald


PREFACE: I would have to cite the five months I spent in Cork, Ireland as the biggest motivating factor behind this paper. I knew next to nothing about Northern Ireland before this period. Soon after my arrival in Cork, however, I became fascinated with the socio-religious anomaly to the north of me. Since I became a religion major at Colby, I have always been interested in liberation theology. As I read about the poverty, injustice and violence that pervades Northern Ireland, I was reminded of the context in which Gustavo Gutierrez, Tissa Balasuriya, and Elsa Tamez write and live. The idea behind my paper, that a properly worded liberation theology could change minds in Northern Ireland, may indeed be nothing more than wishful thinking. If I have gotten nothing else out of this long, tedious process, I have at least expanded my knowledge in both areas.


liberation theology, history of Northern Ireland, British injustices, Catholic and Protestant tensions, Ulster, Unionism

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