Gustavo Gutierrez

An Introduction to Liberation Theology

By Robert McAfee Brown

Gustavo Gutierrez

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  • ISBN: 9781620329023
  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $30.00
Web Price: $24.00
Web Price: $24.00

Gustavo Gutierrez

An Introduction to Liberation Theology

By Robert McAfee Brown

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620329023
  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $30.00
Web Price: $24.00

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Here is a definitive introduction to liberation theology through the life and work of its most significant proponent, Gustavo Gutierrez. Robert McAfee Brown draws extensively on Gutierrez's own writings (some never published in English) and on personal conversations with him. Brown clearly and compellingly presents the basics of liberation theology and the differences between North American and Latin American theologies.

The form of Gustavo Gutierrez is that of a drama. Brown's initial "program notes" introduce and situate the "author," the "actors," the "critics." He sets the stage with a history of church and state in Latin America and introduces its definitive figures, themes, and milestones. A collective biography of Gutierrez's spiritual predecessors is followed by a biography of Gutierrez himself, which takes critical account of his works. Then we are ready, dramatically and theologically, to move to the first act: that of commitment to the poor. The second act, in two scenes, explores first liberation theology's method of critical reflection on praxis and also its content: nothing less than the Word of God.

Brown delves next into the controversies and criticisms Gutierrez faces, especially the challenges from authorities in Rome. Finally, in act three, readers discover that in this particular drama, they too are "on stage" and must take part by reflecting on what this drama really means for them.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Robert McAfee Brown has done an extraordinary job. . . . I have been connected with Latin America for more than four decades and have been at least peripherally associated with these theological developments, yet I have learned a great deal from reading this book. For those who are not well acquainted with Gustavo Gutierrez and liberation theology, this is an excellent introduction. For those who are better informed, it can serve as a guide for further exploration and reflection on its challenge.''
--Richard Shaull

"Brown's Gustavo Gutierrez enables readers to appreciate the context and content of the Peruvian thinker's contribution and to grasp why we have entered a new age of martyrs. This highly readable and carefully researched volume provides an excellent starting point for further study of a wide range of liberationist approaches to Christian theology."
--Anne E. Patrick

"This is the most lucid and appreciative interpretation in the English-speaking world of Gutierrez and his work. The fact that the interpreter is a renowned Protestant theologian is a powerful sign that a South-North ecumenical convergence is in the making ... .''
--Jorge Lara-Braud


"The Gutierrez whom we meet in this book is a man whose deep Christian faith and commitment to revolutionary struggle, whose example and prophetic teaching, should lift the vision and insight of the whole Church.''
--John C. Bennett

Contributors-

Robert McAfee Brown

Bio(s)-

Robert McAfee Brown was Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at the Pacific School of Theology, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, including Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes, and Spirituality of Liberation.

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