With the publication of The Community of the Beautiful, professor García-Rivera joins the ranks of major theologians in the United States; and in the true spirit of mestizaje, his work not only endows Hispanic-American theology with new depth of insight, but it also enriches theologically the entire Church. It simultaneously advances both Hispanic American and Euro-American theology by setting those two cultural and theological traditions into a remarkably creative and speculative dialogue.
Donald L. Gelpi, SJ, The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
This book is a major achievement. It brings together streams of thought usually not considered compatible with one another to create a stunning conversation about theological aesthetics. Written in a clear and accessible prose, it deserves to be read by a wide audience of people interested in aesthetics, American pragmatism, the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Hispanic/Latino theology. García-Rivera has advanced the discussion on all these fronts.
Robert J. Schreiter, Catholic Theological Union
A long overdue breakthrough in theology - a beautiful contribution toward a truly Pan-American theology of the next millenium . . . definitely one of the greatest intellectual-artistic masterpieces. . . .
Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, Mexican American Cultural Center
This work fulfills the considerable promise theology from a Hispanic perspective holds for all the Church. No one interested in the renewal of Christian thought should fail to read this important book.
Don. H. Compier, Church Divinity School of the Pacific/Graduate Theological Union
The Community of the Beautiful is itself an imaginative tour de force, deserving a wide readership.
William R. O'Neill, SJ, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union
. . . a masterful interpretation of U.S. Hispanic popular Catholicism as an expression of a theological aesthetics. . .
Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology