A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation

Gutierrez, Gustavo
Publisher:  Orbis Books
Date Written:  31/12/1971
Year 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.'"

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