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The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross

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The essays in Sobrino's latest collection bear on one of the most pressing signs of the times: the existence of a "crucified people," the poor and oppressed of our world, whose suffering presents Christian faith with an urgent demand - that we "take them down from the cross." Writing from the Salvadoran context, he presents a "theology of mercy," reflecting on the principles of mercy and solidarity as the mode of Christian witness and discipleship in a world of conflict and suffering. In a personal introduction ...
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Overview

The essays in Sobrino's latest collection bear on one of the most pressing signs of the times: the existence of a "crucified people," the poor and oppressed of our world, whose suffering presents Christian faith with an urgent demand - that we "take them down from the cross." Writing from the Salvadoran context, he presents a "theology of mercy," reflecting on the principles of mercy and solidarity as the mode of Christian witness and discipleship in a world of conflict and suffering. In a personal introduction that sets the tone, Sobrino describes the evolution of his own thinking under the impact of the Salvadoran reality. Part One focuses on the essential character of mercy, and on the importance of shaping the mission of the church and the task of theology. Part Two analyzes the crucified reality of the Third World with specific reflections on salvation, forgiveness, and the grace of being forgiven. Part Three presents two manifestations of mercy: the reality of priesthood and solidarity. Finally, in a moving Afterword, Sobrino focuses on his martyred fellow Jesuits of the Central American University, a group who paid the ultimate price of mercy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883449868
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,445,940
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Awakening from the Sleep of Inhumanity 1
1 The Samaritan Church and the Principle of Mercy 15
2 Theology in a Suffering World: Theology as Intellectus Amoris 27
3 The Crucified Peoples: Yahweh's Suffering Servant Today 49
4 Latin America: Place of Sin and Place of Forgiveness 58
5 Five Hundred Years: Structural Sin and Structural Grace 69
6 Personal Sin, Forgiveness, and Liberation 83
7 Toward a Determination of the Nature of Priesthood: Servitude to God's Salvific Approach to Human Beings 105
8 Bearing with One Another in Faith: A Theological Analysis of Christian Solidarity 144
9 The Legacy of the Martyrs of the Central American University 173
Epilogue: A Letter to Ignacio Ellacuria 187
Notes 191
Index 197
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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    One of Sobrino's Best Works

    I found the essays on structural sin, personal sin and the priesthood particularly helpful and informative. Jon Sobrino is a a Jesuit priest and theologian. While 'liberation theology' might turn some people off, many of the essays here were particularly enlightening to me.

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