Mestizo Christianity: Theology from a Latino Perspective

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Edited by Arturo J. Banuelas.Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1995. Pp. vi,278. Paperback $17.

"Mestizo" stands for the mixture of races and cultures that characterizes the Hispanic or Latino people in the United States, including Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, Central Americans, Andean peoples, and the populations of the borderlands of the Southwest. Mestizo Christianity concerns the experience of God in Jesus Christ from within this reality of mestizaje. Now this Christian experience is being articulated in a Hispanic/Latino theology-both Protestant and Roman Catholic-that seeks to understand mestizaje in light of God's purpose for humankind.

Some of the contributors, especially Virgil Elizondo ("Mestizaje as a Locus of Theological Reflection") and Justo L. Gonzalez ("Hispanics in the New Reformation"), have already made a name for themselves. But this book is a very good witness to the creativity of other firstgeneration U.S. Hispanic theologians who are also included: Fernando F. Segovia ("Two Places and No Place on Which to Stand"), Samuel Solivan-Roman ("The Need for a North American Hispanic Theology"), Arturo J. Banuelas ("U.S. Hispanic Theology: An Initial Assessment"), Roberto S. Goizueta ("The Significance of U.S. Hispanic Experience for Theological Method"), Sixto J. Garcia ("Sources and Loci of Hispanic Theology"), Harold Recinos ("Mission: A Latino Pastoral Theology"), Orlando O. …