Gustavo Gutierrez, a Peruvian Roman Catholic priest and theologian, is one of the most recognized proponents of the religio-political movement known as Liberation Theology. Born of frustrations over the failure of many nations in Latin America to achieve a socially equitable level of economics, political and social development, Liberation Theology represents a radical religious response, analysis and critique of existing conditions. This study examines the radical foundations of Gutierrez's works, in particular, his reliance on the work of critical theorists such as Hegel and Marx. It also uses Eric Voegelin's thought to construct an analytical matrix with which to examine Gutierrez's works.
List of Tables i Preface ii Acknowledgments iii I. Gutierrez and Voegelin 1 II. A Brief History of Liberation Theology 29 III. Gustavo Gutierrez 63 IV. Man and God 85 V. World and Society 127 VI. Liberation and Praxis 167 VII. Conclusion 207 Endnotes 219 References 223 Index 231