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Rubem Azevedo Alves 15 September — 19 July was a Brazilian theologian , philosopher , educator, writer and psychoanalyst. After completing this degree, Alves returned to Brazil amidst a US-sponsored   military coup against the democratically elected Brazilian government. At the time, the new military regime was attempting to purge Brazil of communist sympathizers.
The Presbyterian Church of Brazil provided the new government with the names of six intellectuals to serve as scapegoats and to avert persecution themselves.
Immediately upon his return to Brazil, Alves went into hiding. Alves reports that these accusations were ineffective, saying, "the positive side of the document was that it was so virulent , that not even the most obtuse could believe that we were guilty of so many crimes. Within two months of his arrival in Brazil, he returned to the United States covertly with assistance from Brazilian Freemasons and the Presbyterian Church in the United States , which secured an invitation from Princeton Theological Seminary for him to commence doctoral studies there.
Alves did not enjoy his studies at Princeton. He sorely missed his homeland, and felt constrained by the requirements of the doctoral program. Although he ultimately wrote his dissertation according to the requirements of his professors, Alves was not pleased with it, saying, "I wrote uglily, without smiles or poetry, for there was no other alternative: a Brazilian student, underdeveloped , in a foreign institution, must indeed submit himself, if he wants to pass.
Alves later critiqued the direction some writers took liberation theology , saying "it has little to say about the personal dimension of life. If a father or mother comes with their dead child, it's no consolation to say, 'In the future just society there will be no more deaths of this kind. We need to struggle to restore its erotic exuberance, to share this with the whole world.
Besides his activities as a university professor and researcher, Alves was a prolific writer of books and articles in journals and newspapers on education, psychology and life in general. He published more than 40 books, several of which have been translated into German, French, English, Italian, Spanish and Romanian. During his career he collaborated with notable personalities, including Peter Maurin , Dorothy Day , and Paulo Freire.
During the last years of his life, Alves wrote several children's books. Alves has been described as an "unsung hero",  and is often omitted from brief descriptions of liberation theology. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rubem Azevedo Alves. SBS News. Retrieved 20 July Retrieved 23 January The Blackwell encyclopedia of modern Christian thought. Princeton: Princeton Theological Seminary.
Homebrewed Christianity. Retrieved 13 May BBC News. Retrieved 8 May Archived from the original on 1 July Retrieved 22 June Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Rubem Azevedo Alves 15 September — 19 July was a Brazilian theologian, philosopher, educator, writer and psychoanalyst. Alves was one of the founders of liberation theology. He obtained his Bachelor of Theology B. He went on to obtain a Master of Theology Th.