A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation
Gutierrez, GustavoPublisher: Orbis Books
Date Written: 31/12/1971
First Published: 1971
Pages: 264pp ISBN: 978-0883445426
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX15723
The seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology.
Gutiérrez says that "Poverty is not fate, it is a condition; it is not a misfortune, it is an injustice." He draws inspiration from the "[preferential] option for the poor", the Biblical teaching that preference should be given to the well-being of the poor and powerless of society. "Jesus taught that on the Day of Judgment, God will ask what each person did to help the poor and needy: 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'"