chapter  2
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Constructing and deconstructing idols

Pablo Richard, a Chilean-born theologian long based in Costa Rica, notes in his essay on “eology in the eology of Liberation” that “[i]n Latin America, faith in God does not come up fundamentally against atheism, but rather against idolatry”.1 Why has the concept of idolatry proved to be so helpful for analysing the world confronted by the poor of Latin America?