In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gustierrez

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Paul Farmer, an internationally respected physician, and Gustavo Gutiérrez, the Peruvian priest renowned for his contributions to liberation theology, join in an inspiring conversation about life, liberation, and the call to accompany the poor. Dr. Farmer has credited liberation theology as the inspiration for his effort to do “social justice medicine,” while Gutierrez has recognized Farmer's work as a particularly compelling example of the option for the poor, and the practical application of theological ...
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Overview

Paul Farmer, an internationally respected physician, and Gustavo Gutiérrez, the Peruvian priest renowned for his contributions to liberation theology, join in an inspiring conversation about life, liberation, and the call to accompany the poor. Dr. Farmer has credited liberation theology as the inspiration for his effort to do “social justice medicine,” while Gutierrez has recognized Farmer's work as a particularly compelling example of the option for the poor, and the practical application of theological principles outside the church. Their friendship and common vision will inspire all who dream and work for a different world.
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Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Farmer, a co-founder of the international nonprofit health care provider Partners in Health, may be one of the world’s best-known physicians. Gutiérrez, Peruvian priest, theologian, and author, is not a household name though well-known in theological circles as an exponent of liberation theology. What the two men share is delightful mutual regard, profound “moral imagination,” and decades living among those locked outside the gates of the global economy. Editors Griffin and Block draw readers into a conversation between two extraordinary men with uncommon dedication to serving the world’s poor. For Farmer, Gutiérrez’s seminal 1971 work, A Theology of Liberation, transformed the doctor’s passion for public health into a mission to address poverty as “structured evil.” For Gutiérrez, Farmer’s medical clinics in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, and elsewhere embody the stubborn, consistent love that undergirds a Christian theology. With the proportion of Americans living in poverty either increasing or flatlining for 11 of the last 12 years, this timely dialogue provides, as Gutiérrez says, a desperately needed “hermeneutic of hope.” (Nov.)
Library Journal
11/15/2013
This title weaves together several addresses and an interview (the subtitle's "conversations" is misleading) with Farmer and Gutiérrez from a 2011 academic conference. Inspired by the theological vision of Peruvian pastor and liberation theologian Gutiérrez (John Cardinal O'Hara Professorship of Theology, Univ. of Notre Dame; A Theology of Liberation), medical anthropologist Farmer (global health & social medicine, Harvard Medical Sch.; The New War on the Poor) argues that "analysis of social suffering invariably reveals its social origins. It is not primarily cataclysms of nature that wreak havoc in the lives of the Latin American poor." The volume also includes excerpts from the men's works (Farmer's Pathologies of Power; Gutiérrez's We Drink from Our Own Wells). While the overall effect is somewhat like patchwork or a scrapbook, editors Griffin (theology, Holy Cross Coll.) and Block (chief adviser to Farmer) effectively give readers an introduction to Gutiérrez's spiritual vision and its impact on Farmer's medical work among the poor of Haiti and Peru. VERDICT Gutiérrez's theological contributions here are revelatory of his and Farmer's moral motivations. Farmer, however, communicates persuasively to a general audience beyond religious readers.—Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626980501
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 249,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH).

Gustavo Gutierrez, a Dominican priest and theologian from Peru, is widely recognized as on of the preeminent voices of liberation theology. His books include A Theology of Liberation, On Job, We Drink form Our Own Wells, and The God of Life.

Jennie Weiss Block, OP, serves as Chief Advisor to Dr. Paul Farmer.

Michael Griffin teaches theology at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    An easy read of a hard journey.

    Both the mis-steps and successes of Partners in Health find explanation in this small powerful book. Dr. Paul Farmer goes where others fear to go; sometimes taking extravagantly courageous stands for the "have-nots." His underlying chutzpah and compassion is borne of a commitment to social justice in the theology of the revered Gustavo Gutierrez. Each beautifully echoes the other in their stance for the poor. Not in words alone but in action.

    In the face of disappointment, misappropriated and mismanaged funds by other NGO's in Haiti, we understand now why Farmer continues relentlessly, valiantly. He is on fire with caritas!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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