An Immigration of Theology
Theology of Context as the Theological Method of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutiérrez
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Simon Kim has clearly delineated his goal of examining the importance of doing theology in context through a comparative analysis of the works of Gustavo Gutierrez and Virgilio Elizondo. Then he masterfully achieves that goal through a careful exposition of the contexts, contents, intersections, and divergences of their respective theologies. . . . Gutierrez is the founding figure of liberation theology in Latin America and arguably one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century, while Elizondo is the premiere US Latino theologian, whose influence also stretches to all continents around the globe. Fewer readers will note at first glance that Kim has produced the most comprehensive comparative analysis of these two leading theologians to date. Since many theologians and scholars from related fields tend to conflate the theologies of Latin Americans and those of US Latinas and Latinos, this comparative analysis alone makes Kim's book a valuable contribution to contemporary theological scholarship.
"Simon Kim brings out the value of the method Gutierrez and Elizondo employed for doing theological reflection. He captures beautifully how his subjects' life experiences and pastoral leadership have deeply shaped their theological insights and . . . how those insights have shaped their pastoral vision and that of numerous others whom they have inspired."
--From the Foreword by Daniel G. Groody, CSC, and Timothy Matovina
"Although the nexus between Hispanic/Latino theology and liberation theology is widely recognized, this volume is unique in bringing these two contextual theologies into dialogue by comparing and contrasting the writings of both these theologians. Simon Kim's treatment, however, is not simply a theoretical analysis, but a personal acquaintance enhanced by studies and interviews with both. . . . Anyone interested in contextual theology in general, as well as Hispanic/Latino theology and liberation theology in particular, will be amply rewarded by reading this insightful presentation."
--John T. Ford, CSC
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs, The Catholic University of America