Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Time

Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Time

Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Time

Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for Our Time

Synopsis

Who is Jesus Christ for us today? By what names do we call him? Just as the early Christians developed different names for Jesus, so too must we discover the meaning of Jesus for our day. Jesus Christ Liberator is Boff's distinctive contribution to contemporary Christology. Boff writes, Christology thought out and vitally tested in Latin America must have characteristics of its own. The attentive reader will perceive them throughout this book. The predominantly foreign literature that we cite ought not to delude anyone. It is with preoccupations that are our alone, taken from our Latin American context, that we will re-read no only the old texts of the New Testament but also the most recent commentaries written in Europe."

Excerpt

This book was first published in 1972. It was put together in Brazil at a time when severe political repression was being exerted against broad segments of the church. The word "liberation" was forbidden to be used in all the communications media. Thus the book did not say all that its author wanted to say; it said what could be said. Nevertheless the liberation message was understood by Christians, justifying successive printings, editions, and translations into many modern languages.

In this English translation an Epilogue has been added. It is written in the same spirit as the earlier chapters; its intent is to underline the liberative dimensions present in the life, message, and practical activity of the historical Jesus. But an atmosphere of greater tolerance now permits the author to introduce a more open and straightforward type of socio-analytical thought.

It is my hope that the reading of this book will help more privileged Christians to join in fellowship with those who are more oppressed, to commit themselves to the messianic task of liberating human beings completely from everything that diminishes them and offends God.

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