Segundo's groundbreaking exegesis focuses chiefly on Paul's treatment of sin, faith, and the impact of their intersection on human existence. In a brilliant concluding chapter, Segundo rejects liberation theology's reading of Paul as apolitical and shows how Paul's thought opens up for us a "humanizing political realm that no repression can control or render useless." This profound and passionately written study will fascinate advanced students and scholars for years to come.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Secundo once again demonstrates that he is among the most creative and challenging liberation theologians. As an interdisciplinary study that spans the gap between theology and exegesis, this book challenges the methodological presuppositions of both. Segundo's christology exemplifies the maturity of a movement which does not shrink from self-criticism and which has thus continued to deepen and expand its theological reflection." --Roberto S. Goizueta, Boston College
"Although an integral part of his five-volume work in christology, this work stands apart as a constructive hermeneutical study of Paul and a theological anthropological groundwork for liberation theology." --Roger Haight, SJ, Union Theological Seminary
"As a political scientist sympathetic to the theological argument of the liberationists, I have been worried by the naivete of much of their political analysis. Segundo's exploration of Romans is provocative and exciting. Paul's apparently 'apolitical' approach is shown to be extraordinarily relevant to our times. . . . A book to be read and pondered." --David Skidmore, Drake University
Juan Luis Segundo, SJ John L. Drury
Juan Luis Segundo completed his theological studies at Louvain and received his Doctorate of Letters from the Sorbonne. Before his death in 1996 he was chaplain to various groups in his native Uruguay. He taught theology at the Universities of Harvard, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Birmingham, and Sao Paulo. His other works include the five-volume Theology for Artisans of a New Humanity, The Liberation of Theology, and The Hidden Motives of Pastoral Action.