From Conquest to Struggle: Jesus of Nazareth in Latin America

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 224 pages
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This book goes to the very heart of the passionate debate over the true character of Christian faith and practice. The advance of liberation theology in the Latin American church has caused international reverberations within both the religious and political worlds. The Vatican was moved to denounce it as heretical, and the Reagan-Bush administration has deemed it a significant threat to the stability of the region. Here Batstone evaluates the writings of liberation theologians as they consider the central figure of Christian faith, Jesus of Nazareth, and asks whether a message of liberation for the poor and oppressed actually springs from the life and teachings of Jesus or is merely a religious projection of activists bent on radical social transformation. The judgment given to that issue will weigh heavily in the debate which currently rages in religious communities and seminaries over the political role and responsibility of the church.

Batstone's work links these discussions to the concrete lives of the Latin American people and, in that sense, goes beneath the text and examines the subtext of religious reflection. Chapters present events and stories that originate in the daily realities of contemporary Latin America and then consider what connection these experiences have to the story of Jesus of Nazareth.
 

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Contents

Mapping Out a Horizon of Interest
1
The Latin American Christ From Conquest to Struggle
13
The Mission of the Historical Jesus
37
The Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth
91
Christ in Latin America Today
139
Eccksial Base Communities The Indigmization of Christology
165
Bibliography
209
Index
217
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About the author (1991)

David Batstone was a founding editor of Business 2.0 magazine and a contributor to The New York Times, Wired, the Chicago Tribune, Spin, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of two national journalist awards and was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics. Batstone is also the executive editor of Sojourners magazine, the leading voice at the crossroads of politics, business, spirituality, and culture. Gifted as an entrepreneur, Batstone plays an executive role in a niche investment bank operating internationally in the entertainment and technology industries. During the 1980s, he founded and directed a nongovernmental agency dedicated to economic and human rights in Latin America.

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