Drick Boyd

Author, Popular Educator, Activist and Scholar

A Theology of Liberation (Books That Shaped My Life #7)

Jamaica Plain In May 1975 after I graduated from Duke University, I packed up my 1968 Ford Mustang and headed north from Durham, NC to Boston, MA.  I had gotten a summer job with a national...

The Mystery of Faith

One Who Professed Faith This past Sunday, a 12-year old boy was baptized by our pastor. For those not familiar with the Baptist and Anabaptist traditions, baptism in these churches does not happen...

Memorial Day Reflections

  Warning Label Let me start out by acknowledging that what I have to say in this entry has the potential to piss some people off. That is not my intent, but what I am talking about is sensitive,...

Beyond “Beating Trump”

Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia last weekend to kick off his campaign for President. Like many of his fellow contenders, Biden echoed a common sentiment among Democrats: the...


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Paulo Freire: His Faith Spirituality and Theology

Co-author James Kirylo and I explore the Christian faith of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, best known for his critique of traditional “banking” education methods, and his development of critical pedagogy.  He is also considered one of the founders of popular education, linking learning with concrete action for social and political change.  However, little has been written about his personal faith.  We explore the spiritual and theological implications behind his thinking, political action, and fundamental concepts such as conscientization, humanization, conversion to the people, utopia and the primacy of love.  We also highlight Freire’s long time interaction with liberation theology and his difficult relationship with the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America.  The book also contains a moving foreword by Freire’s wife, Ana Maria “Nita” Freire. For seasoned readers of Freire, this book presents a unique perspective on his life and work.  For those unfamiliar with Freire, it is a good introduction to one of the seminal educational thinkers of our era. 

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