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Complex but captivating Aug 25, 2008
I'm glad to see this in print again, although probably the audience is a bit small.
One of the parents of liberation theology along with Gustavo Gutierrez,Jon Sobrino, and Leonardo Boff among others, Segundo is the most academic, theoretical, and systematic. He sought to discover and develop methods of doing theology that would bring Jesus' message into conversation with the modern world. Like Thomas Aquinus with Aristotle, or like Teilhard de Chardin with evolution, Segundo engages with the philosophy and sociology relevant in his context--existentialism, human rights discourse, Marxist scholarship....(not to say that he was an existentialist, developer of human rights theory, or Marxist himself, but to say he wanted to engage with these movements). Faith and Ideologies is a key book that sets out his methodology. Although extremely technical and abstract at times, Segundo is nonetheless incredibly playful and creative, wrestling with how to make sense of human freedom in a dehumanizing world. The book basically asks: How do we determine what our deepest values are? From this base, how do we begin to work effectively to put these values into practice.