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The Truth Shall Set You Free

The Truth Shall Make You Free

By Gustavo Gutiérrez

Building on his classic A Theology of Liberation, the world’s preeminent liberation theologian addresses some of the challenges that have been raised against this "new way of doing theology" and charts its prospects for the future.

Part I of The Truth Shall Make You Free consists of Gutiérrez's defense of his work before the theological faculty of the Catholic Institute of Lyons. The panel’s questions and Gutiérrez’s responses provide a clear illustration of the convergences and tensions between the theology of liberation and traditional European theology. In Part II, Gutierrez explores the role of the social sciences and its methodologies in theology, making a substantial statement about one of the criticisms raised most often against liberation theologians. Finally, Gutierrez addresses himself to the points raised by the two Vatican instructions, "Instruction on Certain Aspects of the Theology of Liberation" and "Christian Freedom and Liberation." This milestone essay traces the history of the concepts of theory and praxis, of truth, of faith and works, of human freedom and solidarity, and the continuity of all these ideas in the church, in the theology of liberation, and in the world. Lucid and cogent, The Truth Shall Make You Free brings to the forefront liberation theology's answers to its critics, refining the terms of discussion and opening the way for further dialogue, moving the discussion and debate to the next higher plane.

"In this critically important book Gutierrez addresses the pivotal questions raised about the orthodoxy and integrity of his positions, and of liberation theology in general …. This book is absolutely essential tor anyone — critic or supporter- who seeks to evaluate Gutierrez’s theology. A valuable book that fulfills a great need." —Arthur F. McGovern, University of Detroit

"The three contributions in this book demonstrate that even in the face of formidable opposition, devotion to truth can finally be vindicated. Although each was occasioned by an explicit set of historical circumstances. all three stand on their own quite apart from that, and will continue to be helpful long after the occasions of their production are forgotten." — Robert McAfee Brown, author

Gustavo Gutierrez: An introduction to Liberation Theology "An excellent book. Here Gutierrez responds to theologians who question him and in doing so makes more profound his own theology of liberation." —Gregory Baum, McGill University

 [Description from back cover]

Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, O.P. (born 8 June 1928 in Lima) is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as one of the principal founders of liberation theology in Latin America. He holds the John Cardinal O’Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has been professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a visiting professor at many major universities in North America and Europe. He is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language, and in 1993 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his tireless work. He has also published in and been a member of the board of directors of the international journal, Concilium.

Gustavo Gutierrez

Fr. Gutiérrez has studied medicine and literature (Peru), psychology and philosophy (Leuven), and obtained a doctorate at the Institut Pastoral d’Etudes Religieuses (IPER), Université Catholique in Lyon. One of the central figures in the emergence of liberation theology, he was born in Peru, and spent much of his life living and working among the poor of Lima. In September 1984, a special assembly of Peruvian bishops were summoned to Rome for the express purpose of condemning Gutiérrez, but the bishops held firm. Gutiérrez’s groundbreaking work,

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation (1971), explains his notion of Christian poverty as an act of loving solidarity with the poor as well as a liberatory protest against poverty.

According to Gutiérrez true “liberation” has three main dimensions: First, it involves political and social liberation, the elimination of the immediate causes of poverty and injustice. Second, liberation involves the emancipation of the poor, the marginalised, the downtrodden and the oppressed from all “those things that limit their capacity to develop themselves freely and in dignity”. Third, liberation theology involves liberation from selfishness and sin, a re-establishment of a relationship with God and with other people. Liberation theology and Gutiérrez have both been the subjects of repeated Papal scrutiny.

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation was reviewed directly by then-Cardinal Ratzinger and found to contain ideas which, in the view of conservative Catholics, were disturbing. Although Gutiérrez himself was not censured, many other liberation theologians received Papal censure. Because of the perceived connection between followers of liberation theology and leftist groups in Latin America, such as the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, many liberation-minded priests were killed in Central American countries during the 1980s, most notably, Archbishop Oscar Romero and six scholar-priests at the University of Central America in San Salvador.   (Biography adapted from Wikipedia)

ISBN-10: 0883445425    ISBN-13: 9780883445426

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