Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1973. First edition. Octavo, original brown cloth, gilt spine, original dust jacket. Red ink-stamp to blank flyleaf, minor edge-wear to price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #1323
"I SEE THE EFFORTS TO BUILD A MORE JUST, HUMAN, AND FREE SOCIETY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE LIBERATION OF CHRIST"
First edition in English of A Theology of Liberation—Gustavo Gutierrez's influential call for a commitment to "abolish injustice." Stamped "Review Copy" in red ink on the blank flyleaf.
Originally published in Lima in 1971 (translated and edited by Sr. Caridad Inda and John Eagleson), the Peruvian priest's blend of Christian theology and secular philosophies describes the development of a "Preferential Option for the Poor." A short Introduction focuses on the the situation of the Church in Latin America and a new perspective on the Gospel stressing "solidarity with the oppressed." The book consists of four main sections: Part 1. Theology and Liberation, Part 2. Posing the Problem, Part 3. The Option Before the Latin American Church, Part 4. Perspectives. Gutierrez channels Pascal in a brief conclusion: "we can say that all the political theologies, the theologies hope, of revolution, and of liberation, are not worth one act of genuine solidarity with exploited social classes." The jacket was designed by Al Schreiner featuring a photograph of a contemporary Crucifix sculpted by the Peruvian Indian artist. Edilberto Merida. The blurbs on the back of the jacket include a careful endorsement by Avery Dulles: "'liberation theology,' far from being a frivolous or irresponsible movement, arises out of deep compassion and critical reflection on the situation of the poor and the oppressed." The text is supported by extensive chapter notes, an Index of Biblical References, and a General Index.