A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation [Epub] ➟ A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation Author Gustavo Gutiérrez – Polishdarling.co.uk This is the credo and seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology The book burst upon the scene in the early seventies, and was swiftly acknowledged as a pioneeri This of Liberation: History, Politics MOBI :ï is the credo of Liberation: MOBI í and seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology The book burst upon A Theology ePUB Ù the scene in the early seventies, and was swiftly acknowledged as a pioneering and prophetic approach to theology which famously made an Theology of Liberation: ePUB ´ option for the poor, placing the exploited, the alienated, and the economically wretched at the centre of a programme where the oppressed and maimed and blind and lame were prioritized at the expense of those who either maintained the status quo or who abused the structures of power for their own ends This powerful, compassionate and radical book attracted criticism for daring to mix politics and religion in so explicit a manner, but was also welcomed by those who had the capacity to see that its agenda was nothing nor less than to give good news to the poor , and redeem God s people from bondage.


About the Author: Gustavo Gutiérrez

Gustavo of Liberation: History, Politics MOBI :ï Guti rrez Merino, of Liberation: MOBI í OP is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as the founder of Liberation Theology He holds A Theology ePUB Ù the John Cardinal O Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Notre Dame He has been professor at the Pontifical Catholic Theology of Liberation: ePUB ´ University of Peru and a visiting professor at many major universities in North America and Europe He is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language, and in he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his tireless work He has also published in and been a member of the board of directors of the international journal, ConciliumHe has studied medicine and literature Peru , psychology and philosophy Leuven , and obtained a doctorate at the Institut Pastoral d Etudes Religieuses IPER , Universit Catholique in LyonThe founder of liberation theology, he was born in Peru, and spent much of his life living and working among the poor of LimaIn September , a special assembly of Peruvian bishops were summoned to Rome for the express purpose of condemning Guti rrez, but the bishops held firmGuti rrez s groundbreaking work, A Theology of Liberation History, Politics, Salvation , explains his notion of Christian poverty as an act of loving solidarity with the poor as well as a liberatory protest against povertyAccording to Guti rrez true liberation has three main dimensions First, it involves political and social liberation, the elimination of the immediate causes of poverty and injusticeSecond, liberation involves the emancipation of the poor, the marginalised, the downtrodden and the oppressed from all those things that limit their capacity to develop themselves freely and in dignity Third, Liberation Theology involves liberation from selfishness and sin, a re establishment of a relationship with God and with other peopleLiberation theology and Guti rrez have both been the subjects of repeated Papal scrutiny A Theology of Liberation History, Politics, Salvation was reviewed directly by then Cardinal Ratzinger and found to contain ideas which, in the view of conservative Catholics, were disturbing Although Guti rrez himself was not censured, many other liberation theologians received Papal censure Because of the perceived connection between followers of Liberation theology and leftist groups like the Sandinistas many liberation minded clergy were killed in Central American countries during the s, most notably, Archbishop Oscar Romero.



10 thoughts on “A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation

  1. Luke Hillier Luke Hillier says:

    I ve been reading theologians associated with liberation theology for the past six years, and it wasn t until this point that I began to engage with one of the forefathers of it all Early on, it was striking to me how distinctive Latin American liberation theology was from the predominantly African American strand I ve grown muchfamiliar with Within Guti rrez s context, race is almost never mentioned and class is at the core of each argument and point This obviously makes perfect sense I ve been reading theologians associated with liberation theology for the past six years, and it wasn t until this point that I began to engage with one of the forefathers of it all Early on, it was striking to me how distinctive Latin American liberation theology was from the predominantly African American strand I ve grown muchfamiliar with Within Guti rrez s context, race is almost never mentioned and class is at the core of each argument and point This obviously makes perfect sense for the context this was written from, and doesn t erase the critical reality that Guti rrez is a Peruvian man himself, but there was still something that felt fresh about reading such a class focused take on liberation theology for me What was also striking early on was the relative orthodoxy Guti rrez remains rooted within He does such a compelling and even beautiful job of continually bridging alleged ideological divides to explain that what he s arguing for isn t a break from faithful communion with God but rather a greater fulfillment of that I ve read a number of theologians whose writing comes across brilliant and academically adept yet sterile and detached from the subject at hand I was really struck by the way Guti rrez consistently demonstrated scholarly excellence as well as a deeply moving sense of passion and vitality and adoration for the God he is writing so fervently about It s just so clear to me that he genuinely believes with his whole heart what he is introducing and advocating for here The only thing that kept this from being a five star read for me was my own biases against historical writing Although I can absolutely see how necessary it was for him to thoroughly explicate on the context he is writing from and I did learn a lot from the first half of the book that almost entirely focuses on doing that, it wasn t enjoyable for me to read through He does a good job of using an onslaught of scholars, but his voice gets lost amidst theirs and I found myself wanting to skim through until he was back at the center With that said, the second half of the book ranges from terrific to downright breathtaking He has an exceptional mix of relevant hermeneutical exegesis, exploration and expansion of other concepts in his field, and independent theological rumination What I appreciated most, and what I found to be most central to his writings, was the emphasis on praxis that sits at the heart of everything he is saying I love that his hope is not to add fodder to the abstract discussions of armchair theologians but rather to open eyes and catalyze hearts towards the enfleshed action of what he s presenting something relatively rare, and deeply appreciated


  2. Natalie Natalie says:

    Only 5 stars 6 stars 10 stars Finally, FINALLY, a worldview that matches my own It was indescribably sweet to read a book that blends my views on faith and on society so wonderfully It took me some time to read this one I paused frequently just to think and reflect on what the author was saying I felt like I was savoring the powerful statements sprinkling every page, rolling them around in my mind like some delectable treat I can t even imagine how amazing it would be to see this book fro Only 5 stars 6 stars 10 stars Finally, FINALLY, a worldview that matches my own It was indescribably sweet to read a book that blends my views on faith and on society so wonderfully It took me some time to read this one I paused frequently just to think and reflect on what the author was saying I felt like I was savoring the powerful statements sprinkling every page, rolling them around in my mind like some delectable treat I can t even imagine how amazing it would be to see this book from an LDS perspective Maybe that ll be my job Or maybe I m supposed to be Catholic P


  3. Glenn Wishnew III Glenn Wishnew III says:

    God has the freshest and keenest memory of the least and most forgotten Bartolom de los Casas


  4. I like cake I like cake says:

    This is an incredibly scholarly but also radical kick up the backside for Christian ministry and the Church It was written in the 70s and embedded in latin american politics and religion, but has huge relevance today with the increasing poverty of the poorest in the world, the complete dominance of capitalism, and the necessary Christian response to such oppression and political injustice It is the church how I wish it to be It champions the struggles of the oppressed, and urges utmost solida This is an incredibly scholarly but also radical kick up the backside for Christian ministry and the Church It was written in the 70s and embedded in latin american politics and religion, but has huge relevance today with the increasing poverty of the poorest in the world, the complete dominance of capitalism, and the necessary Christian response to such oppression and political injustice It is the church how I wish it to be It champions the struggles of the oppressed, and urges utmost solidarity with oppressed people as the ONLY way to be fulfilling Gods love on earth increasing the humanity of all people by hearing their voices and acting on their needs and struggles, and a move towards utopia which is a vision of a just world It has had a huge effect on Christian theology since it was written, and muchhas been written since, but the praxis is sadly still lacking in the Church world over even ifindividuals are nowadayslikely to hold such a theology It is thick with theory, and biblical stuff that is hard going at times, and I think would be particularly hard for a non Christian to understand, but it is worth the effort


  5. l. l. says:

    I started reading this with basically no knowledge of catholic theology and emerged with a glimmer of understanding and respect for Gutierrez arguments so I ll count reading this book as time well spent despite the fact that I just could not follow some of Gutierrez lines of thought His lack of clarity My unfamiliarity Probably both


  6. Jane Van Hof Jane Van Hof says:

    Interesting to pair his thought with Freire s theories of liberation for education.


  7. Renee Kahl Renee Kahl says:

    I agree with the theology here, but there seems no need for this quantity of jargony, abstract sociological blather Full of impenetrable sentences which, after re reading, said something obvious and would have been muchforceful ifplain and terse I found myself looking up Bible passages in the index and reading just the exegetical parts, which were pretty good I might continue doing that a little longer since I just can t stand this prose Maybe it s an effect of translation from S I agree with the theology here, but there seems no need for this quantity of jargony, abstract sociological blather Full of impenetrable sentences which, after re reading, said something obvious and would have been muchforceful ifplain and terse I found myself looking up Bible passages in the index and reading just the exegetical parts, which were pretty good I might continue doing that a little longer since I just can t stand this prose Maybe it s an effect of translation from Spanish, or maybe that I take liberation theology for granted as it s been around for a long time The section about Utopia was especially exasperating


  8. Michael Becerra Michael Becerra says:

    My interest in Liberation Theology peaked when I returned to the Catholic church after my mom passed away I had no idea that this side of catholicism existed when I was young living in the United States I read this book while I was traveling throughout Latin America It s academic but a good history lesson.


  9. Sharaiz Sharaiz says:

    A book that looks to pave a radical path for the Church to follow very much connected to the Latin American experience but still relevant today The book provides a strong argument for why Christians should give preference to the poor and work towards establishing justice and the Kingdom of God on earth Guti rrez provides a truly unique outlook, combining traditional theology with left wing and Marxist ideas In this way this book is revolutionary not only because of its proposals for change bu A book that looks to pave a radical path for the Church to follow very much connected to the Latin American experience but still relevant today The book provides a strong argument for why Christians should give preference to the poor and work towards establishing justice and the Kingdom of God on earth Guti rrez provides a truly unique outlook, combining traditional theology with left wing and Marxist ideas In this way this book is revolutionary not only because of its proposals for change but also in its ideological impact on politico religious thought


  10. Kavish Gandhi Kavish Gandhi says:

    Transformative.


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10 thoughts on “A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation

  1. Luke Hillier Luke Hillier says:

    I ve been reading theologians associated with liberation theology for the past six years, and it wasn t until this point that I began to engage with one of the forefathers of it all Early on, it was striking to me how distinctive Latin American liberation theology was from the predominantly African American strand I ve grown muchfamiliar with Within Guti rrez s context, race is almost never mentioned and class is at the core of each argument and point This obviously makes perfect sense I ve been reading theologians associated with liberation theology for the past six years, and it wasn t until this point that I began to engage with one of the forefathers of it all Early on, it was striking to me how distinctive Latin American liberation theology was from the predominantly African American strand I ve grown muchfamiliar with Within Guti rrez s context, race is almost never mentioned and class is at the core of each argument and point This obviously makes perfect sense for the context this was written from, and doesn t erase the critical reality that Guti rrez is a Peruvian man himself, but there was still something that felt fresh about reading such a class focused take on liberation theology for me What was also striking early on was the relative orthodoxy Guti rrez remains rooted within He does such a compelling and even beautiful job of continually bridging alleged ideological divides to explain that what he s arguing for isn t a break from faithful communion with God but rather a greater fulfillment of that I ve read a number of theologians whose writing comes across brilliant and academically adept yet sterile and detached from the subject at hand I was really struck by the way Guti rrez consistently demonstrated scholarly excellence as well as a deeply moving sense of passion and vitality and adoration for the God he is writing so fervently about It s just so clear to me that he genuinely believes with his whole heart what he is introducing and advocating for here The only thing that kept this from being a five star read for me was my own biases against historical writing Although I can absolutely see how necessary it was for him to thoroughly explicate on the context he is writing from and I did learn a lot from the first half of the book that almost entirely focuses on doing that, it wasn t enjoyable for me to read through He does a good job of using an onslaught of scholars, but his voice gets lost amidst theirs and I found myself wanting to skim through until he was back at the center With that said, the second half of the book ranges from terrific to downright breathtaking He has an exceptional mix of relevant hermeneutical exegesis, exploration and expansion of other concepts in his field, and independent theological rumination What I appreciated most, and what I found to be most central to his writings, was the emphasis on praxis that sits at the heart of everything he is saying I love that his hope is not to add fodder to the abstract discussions of armchair theologians but rather to open eyes and catalyze hearts towards the enfleshed action of what he s presenting something relatively rare, and deeply appreciated


  2. Natalie Natalie says:

    Only 5 stars 6 stars 10 stars Finally, FINALLY, a worldview that matches my own It was indescribably sweet to read a book that blends my views on faith and on society so wonderfully It took me some time to read this one I paused frequently just to think and reflect on what the author was saying I felt like I was savoring the powerful statements sprinkling every page, rolling them around in my mind like some delectable treat I can t even imagine how amazing it would be to see this book fro Only 5 stars 6 stars 10 stars Finally, FINALLY, a worldview that matches my own It was indescribably sweet to read a book that blends my views on faith and on society so wonderfully It took me some time to read this one I paused frequently just to think and reflect on what the author was saying I felt like I was savoring the powerful statements sprinkling every page, rolling them around in my mind like some delectable treat I can t even imagine how amazing it would be to see this book from an LDS perspective Maybe that ll be my job Or maybe I m supposed to be Catholic P


  3. Glenn Wishnew III Glenn Wishnew III says:

    God has the freshest and keenest memory of the least and most forgotten Bartolom de los Casas


  4. I like cake I like cake says:

    This is an incredibly scholarly but also radical kick up the backside for Christian ministry and the Church It was written in the 70s and embedded in latin american politics and religion, but has huge relevance today with the increasing poverty of the poorest in the world, the complete dominance of capitalism, and the necessary Christian response to such oppression and political injustice It is the church how I wish it to be It champions the struggles of the oppressed, and urges utmost solida This is an incredibly scholarly but also radical kick up the backside for Christian ministry and the Church It was written in the 70s and embedded in latin american politics and religion, but has huge relevance today with the increasing poverty of the poorest in the world, the complete dominance of capitalism, and the necessary Christian response to such oppression and political injustice It is the church how I wish it to be It champions the struggles of the oppressed, and urges utmost solidarity with oppressed people as the ONLY way to be fulfilling Gods love on earth increasing the humanity of all people by hearing their voices and acting on their needs and struggles, and a move towards utopia which is a vision of a just world It has had a huge effect on Christian theology since it was written, and muchhas been written since, but the praxis is sadly still lacking in the Church world over even ifindividuals are nowadayslikely to hold such a theology It is thick with theory, and biblical stuff that is hard going at times, and I think would be particularly hard for a non Christian to understand, but it is worth the effort


  5. l. l. says:

    I started reading this with basically no knowledge of catholic theology and emerged with a glimmer of understanding and respect for Gutierrez arguments so I ll count reading this book as time well spent despite the fact that I just could not follow some of Gutierrez lines of thought His lack of clarity My unfamiliarity Probably both


  6. Jane Van Hof Jane Van Hof says:

    Interesting to pair his thought with Freire s theories of liberation for education.


  7. Renee Kahl Renee Kahl says:

    I agree with the theology here, but there seems no need for this quantity of jargony, abstract sociological blather Full of impenetrable sentences which, after re reading, said something obvious and would have been muchforceful ifplain and terse I found myself looking up Bible passages in the index and reading just the exegetical parts, which were pretty good I might continue doing that a little longer since I just can t stand this prose Maybe it s an effect of translation from S I agree with the theology here, but there seems no need for this quantity of jargony, abstract sociological blather Full of impenetrable sentences which, after re reading, said something obvious and would have been muchforceful ifplain and terse I found myself looking up Bible passages in the index and reading just the exegetical parts, which were pretty good I might continue doing that a little longer since I just can t stand this prose Maybe it s an effect of translation from Spanish, or maybe that I take liberation theology for granted as it s been around for a long time The section about Utopia was especially exasperating


  8. Michael Becerra Michael Becerra says:

    My interest in Liberation Theology peaked when I returned to the Catholic church after my mom passed away I had no idea that this side of catholicism existed when I was young living in the United States I read this book while I was traveling throughout Latin America It s academic but a good history lesson.


  9. Sharaiz Sharaiz says:

    A book that looks to pave a radical path for the Church to follow very much connected to the Latin American experience but still relevant today The book provides a strong argument for why Christians should give preference to the poor and work towards establishing justice and the Kingdom of God on earth Guti rrez provides a truly unique outlook, combining traditional theology with left wing and Marxist ideas In this way this book is revolutionary not only because of its proposals for change bu A book that looks to pave a radical path for the Church to follow very much connected to the Latin American experience but still relevant today The book provides a strong argument for why Christians should give preference to the poor and work towards establishing justice and the Kingdom of God on earth Guti rrez provides a truly unique outlook, combining traditional theology with left wing and Marxist ideas In this way this book is revolutionary not only because of its proposals for change but also in its ideological impact on politico religious thought


  10. Kavish Gandhi Kavish Gandhi says:

    Transformative.


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