Expanding the View: Gustavo Gutierrez and the Future of Liberation Theology

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In 1988, many of the world's leading theologians gathered at Maryknoll to honor Gustavo Guti?rrez, the "father of liberation theology." The occasion marked the twentieth anniversary of the Medell?n conference, Guti?rrez's sixtieth birthday, and publication of a new edition of his enduring classic, A Theology of Liberation. The resulting volume, The Future of Liberation Theology, included over fifty papers presented at that historic gathering. Expanding the View takes key essays from that landmark volume and makes...

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Overview

In 1988, many of the world's leading theologians gathered at Maryknoll to honor Gustavo Gutiérrez, the "father of liberation theology." The occasion marked the twentieth anniversary of the Medellín conference, Gutiérrez's sixtieth birthday, and publication of a new edition of his enduring classic, A Theology of Liberation. The resulting volume, The Future of Liberation Theology, included over fifty papers presented at that historic gathering. Expanding the View takes key essays from that landmark volume and makes them available for the first time in paperback. From the wealth of material, essays were selected to provide the most comprehensive overview of critical thinking on liberation theology—both its past developments and the challenges it faces in the future. Among the issues addressed: the ways liberation theology has grown and developed in its treatment of popular religion, Marxism, and women's issues, and the contribution of liberation theology to interreligious dialogue, Catholic social teaching, and the struggle for human rights. Critical questions are raised about the future possibilities of liberation theology. Above all, many of the contributors assess the significance of this theology from the Third World for Christians living in the affluent First World. Ideal for classroom use, and essential reading for everyone interested in this vital movement, this volume includes Gutiérrez's own "Expanding the View," which introduces the fifteenth anniversary edition of A Theology of Liberation. Contributors include: Elisabeth Schèssler Fiorenza, Aloysius Pieris, Arthur McGovern, François Houtart, Harvey Cox, Edward Schillebeeckx, Rosemary Ruether, Penny Lernoux, Leonardo Boff, Johann Baptist Metz, Gregory Baum, José Míguez Bonino, Pablo Richard, Robert McAfee Brown, and Maria Clara Bingemer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610970396
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc H. Ellis teaches at the Maryknoll School of Theology and directs the Institute for Justice and Peace program there. He is author of several books, including A Year at the Catholic Worker, Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Uprising and the Future, and Beyond Innocence and Redemption: Confronting the Holocaust and Israeli Power. Otto Maduro, who has taught at the University of the Andes (Merida) in his native Venezuela as well as the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, teaches at Maryknoll School of Theology; Co-editor with Marc Ellis of The Future of Liberation Theology, he is author of Religion and Social Conflicts.

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Table of Contents

Preface Marc H. Ellis vii

Introduction Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns xi

Part I Liberation Theology after Twenty Years

1 Expanding the View Gustavo Gutiérrez 3

Part II Interpretations, Disputed Questions

2 The Birth of Liberation Theology Penny Lernoux 39

3 The Originality of the Theology of Liberation Leonardo Boff 47

4 Seven Samurai and How They Looked Again: Theology, Social Analysis, and Religión Popular in Latin America Harvey Cox 60

5 Religion and Society: Sacred Canopy vs. Prophetic Critique Rosemary Radford Ruether 72

6 Dependency Theory, Marxist Analysis, and Liberation Theology Arthur F. McGovern, SJ 77

7 Theology in the Struggle for History and Society Johann Baptist Metz 94

8 Community and Identity Gregory Baum 102

9 Theoretical and Institutional Bases of the Opposition to Liberation Theology François Houtart 113

10 The Religious and the Human Ecumene Edward Schillebeeckx 126

11 The Politics of Otherness: Biblical Interpretation as a Critical Praxis for Liberation Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza 140

12 Human Rights Language and Liberation Theology Aloysius Pieris, SJ 157

Part III Looking Toward the Future

13 Women in the Future of the Theology of Liberation María Clara Bingemer 173

14 Reflections of a North American: The Future of Liberation Theology Robert McAfee Brown 194

15 Liberation Theology: A Difficult but Possible Future Pablo Richard 207

Contributors 219

Index 223

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